Basketball might someday be acknowledged as a national pastime that rivals baseball. It’s an ongoing sport refreshingly free from seasonal limitations. Whether you want to get your game on or simply shoot a few hoops, you can do it at any of these indoor courts. Spacious and conveniently located, these courts are open to recreational and professional players of all ages.
Van Cleve Recreation Center
901 15th Ave., SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Located in the Twin Cities neighborhood of Dinkytown, Van Cleve Recreation Center has a large gymnasium that also serves as an indoor basketball court. A popular community spot, the recreation center is part of Van Cleve Park and was originally built as a children’s playground. Professional and recreational sports groups, including athletes and faculty from the University of Minnesota, come to Dinkytown because of the Van Cleve Recreation Center’s gymnasium. A suburban-like neighborhood full of small town charm, Dinkytown has proximity to the University of Minnesota.
Central Gym Park
3416 S. 4th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Central Gym Park, like the Van Cleve Recreation Center, is a mecca for indoor and outdoor basketball enthusiasts. Often, the gym is an after-work destination for wound up adults who want to wind down with a few relaxing basketball rounds. The gym also gives teens and college students a good basketball workout. Youths and adults sometimes team together or assemble in separate age groups for friendly competition in a team environment.
YWCA Minneapolis Sports Center
2121 East Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
With 50,000 square feet of available space, the Minneapolis Sports Center justifiably has bragging rights as the largest Twin Cities indoor sports center. Well heated and air conditioned with a magnificent floor layout, the mammoth facility is well suited to basketball and other sports. The center welcomes professional and amateur sports leagues, groups and teams. Open seven days per week, Minneapolis Sports Center encourages reservations for sporting events and recreational sport activities. This is the place to do serious multiple basketball shots before heading home.
YMCA Downtown Minneapolis
30 S. 9th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
The large basketball court is one of this YMCA’s pros. Other pluses are nice locker rooms and good changing facilities. Although easy to access for those who live, work or attend school in Minneapolis, parking can be a challenge and a little expensive for those who drive in. But if indoor basketball is your thing and you happen to be in the area, drop into this downtown Y and enjoy a few inexpensive hoop shots.
2901 Corporate Place
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Headquartered in Chanhassen, Lifetime Fitness opened its first facility in 1992. The once local fitness center is now a pro fitness chain with clubs throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Lifetime Fitness makes basketball more than a national pastime with its Ultimate Hoops program. Hoop aficionados who live to run and jump can have a physical game on the indoor court or a virtual game online. Every player gets a personalized profile that tracks vital performance stats such as points, rebounds, wins and losses. Offered at several Lifetime locations, Ultimate Hoops trains dedicated basketball players in the adult and junior league programs. If you’re willing to ante up a membership fee, you might get a chance to join in championship quality basketball playoffs.
Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.