U.K. venue with a pickleball take on cricket makes U.S. debut in Dallas
A new entertainment option is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth that capitalizes on an emerging sport: Called Sixes Social Cricket, it's an innovative venue from the U.K. that lets participants dabble in cricket in an easy and fun way, and is opening its first location right here in the DFW.
Specifically, it's coming to Grandscape, at 5740 Grandscape Blvd. #115, The Colony, where it will debut in summer 2023.
A release says that Sixes has become one of the most popular social entertainment concepts in the UK, having bowled over 10 million balls across seven locations. That's a lot of balls.
The company was launched in 2020 by entrepreneurs Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, who describe Sixes as an immersive experience that re-imagines cricket with state-of-the-art tech-enabled batting nets.
Similarly forgiving as pickleball, it allows first-timers to enjoy "adrenaline fuelled batting" at nets placed throughout the venue.
Guests grab a bat, select a level, and swing. Sixes' technology bowls soft cricket balls, with points scored depending on which targets you hit.
There's also food: burgers, pizzas, and other sharing plates, plus classic cocktails, beer, wine, and shakes.
Their audience is everything from corporate and social events to family and friend get-togethers, says Calum Mackinnon in a statement.
"We're thrilled to bring Sixes to the United States, and what better city to launch our first venue than Dallas," Mackinnon says. "We believe that sport and hospitality hold an unrivaled ability to unite and connect people for good and good times shared and we're confident that Sixes will become a staple of the Dallas community."
"It's also an exciting time with Major League Cricket launching in Dallas this June, who we'll be working closely with to grow the game and give people more ways to play," he says.
Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world with a global fan base of around 2.5 billion followers. It's now making headway in the U.S. with the formation of Major League Cricket (MLC), the first professional cricket league in the U.S., including a new Texas team that will be based in Grand Prairie.
Grandscape president Jeff Lind says, "We are thrilled to welcome Sixes Social Cricket to Grandscape and the Dallas community. Their unique and exciting cricket experience is a perfect addition to our already diverse array of entertainment options. We cannot wait for our guests to experience the thrill of cricket at Sixes' state-of-the-art venue."