The Sports Garden is a unique urban beach escape. We are three places in one: a sports facility, an event venue, and a bar/restaurant.
We are a facility to play or watch sports, mostly sand or beach volleyball, but we also have darts, pool tables, and a giant 28 foot TV screen to watch the big game.
We are a unique & Funner venue where customers can come and host or meet for events, from birthday and graduation parties, to large corporate events, to goat yoga and even professional wrestling.
We are also a full restaurant and bar where open every day where people can come to eat or drink. We have three bars located on both sides of Belt Line Road, with many indoor and outdoor
The History and Heart Behind the Sports Garden.
History of the location
There is a long and crazy history behind the location now known as the Sports Garden. For 20+ years, the north & south sides of the street changed names, changed owners, competed against each other, and eventually came under one unified business. Many people met their spouses here. Anyone who has played any kind of competitive volleyball in DFW, has played at some point at this location.
Heart behind the name
The Sports Garden name was inspired by a bar in northern MN on Lake Superior called ‘Grandma’s Sports Garden’. Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, this bar had an indoor volleyball court surrounded by several levels of seating where customers could eat and drink and be entertained by the vball enthusiast playing on the other side of the net. Some of the best players in MN came from this small town, in part because they had a place to play that made them famous (in their own minds). The place made volleyball both fun to play, and fun to watch. And afterwards, you could stick around & eat, drink, and dance…
The heart behind the Sports Garden in DFW is the same: come not just to play volleyball, but watch it, and have some fun. The facility is large (some say the largest sand volleyball bar & grill in the US with 24 sand courts), but also multi-functional. We have an indoor studio where we host events such as goat yoga to weekly hip-hop line dance lessons, to live bands, to church & corporate outings.
The best way we found to explain what we are is our marketing trinity: we are three places in one: a place to eat/drink, play/watch, host/meet. In other words, we are a full restaurant and bar, a sports playing and watching facility (mostly sand vball, but many other things too), and an event venue where you can host or meet up with your friends or coworkers.
In addition to our logo and marketing trinity, we are introducing our new tagline: Where Funner Happens. Why? Because it’s true, it’s cool, and it’s not grammatically correct…and we can’t be constrained by things as minor as proper grammar.
Meet the owners
Rob West (aka, the Mayor). Rob has been successfully running volleyball leagues both sand and indoors through his company ‘Champagne Volleyball’ for 20+ years. Few vball players in Dallas don’t have one of his shirts, and even fewer don’t have a memory of playing in one of his leagues or tournaments. He plays left handed, and it’s not clear how long his knees will hold out.
Marty Kennard (aka, the Moose or ‘Maestro’). Marty spent 20+ years in corporate America until he finally decided to work for himself by buying rental homes. Most of his career was with Target (17 years/8 states), but also includes stints with Life Time Fitness, Public Storage, and Regus. When he plays volleyball, he plays all out, as proven by 7 broken fingers (mostly from blocking).
Rob & Marty – the duo came together when Rob had a radical idea: rather than just playing volleyball together at someone else’s place, let’s buy a place. To make a long story short, we bought the business in late February, 2016, and have been building up the business ever since. It’s been a real funner experience.