Up North: Skyline Adds Ninth Volleyball Court and Fourth Tournament

Updated: May 16, 2018 10:54 PM

"I tell everybody, this is hands down the place to be in this area - especially in the summer," said Kelly Katoski.

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Northalnders know all too well that summers go by fast, but for the past eight years Katoski has made the most of his by joining Skyline's adult volleyball league.

"On a really nice day, especially in the middle of summer, it is almost impossible to find a table up here or anything like that. It just goes to show just how popular it's gotten up here. The area definitely has a strong volleyball community," added Katoski.

Being from the area he as well as Hermantown native Kylie Zacharias know all about the hidden gem that makes up the largest outdoor volleyball, bocce, and bean bag complex in the upper Midwest. They are also a part of the reason Monday through Thursday evenings you won't find an empty court in sight.

"Honestly just the camaraderie, everyone is super friendly," Zacharias said about joining the volleyball league. "It's awesome competition, good drinks. It's just a fun environment- way to release from work and enjoy the weather."

Before opening this spring, Skyline saw the need for expansion. The company expanded its current 45,000 sq. feet summer hangout by adding its ninth beach volleyball court that was once extra parking. Now, over 500 volleyball players can compete each night.

"We figured, you know what, the demand's there. We've had a wait list the last two years, let's give it a try. It gave us the ability to take 40 additional teams," said Skyline Lane Manager Corey Kolquist.

After battling with Mother Nature, it took about four weeks to complete the new court. With the addition, for the first time ever Skyline will be hosting a pair of AVP tournaments which features professional and elite beach volleyball players from around the country. Their newest court helped serve as a selling point.

"The net height is a big thing for the advanced players, they want it to be spot on. We level our sand weekly here, but now it gives us the ability to level it and really make sure that height is right for competitive volleyball," added Kolquist.

The AVP tournament won't take place until May 26-27. Skyline also hosts summer volleyball tournaments, including Summerfest on July 21, Skyline Open on August 18 and Fall Free for All on September 8.

To learn more about AVP click here.

To learn more about the Skyline volleyball league click here. Registration for their summer bocce and bean bag leagues are still open.

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