NJAA

Our Court

Our Cancha

As we mentioned in “Our Mission”, the NJAA’s goal is to to assist in getting jai-alai courts built for a new generation of players.

After years of hard work, the Directors of the National Jai-Alai Association accomplished their first goal.  Through efforts with the Edgemoor Neighborhood Association and the City of St. Petersburg, we are pleased to present the first amateur jai-alai court ever built by a city or municipality in the United States!

The court was built with private financing raised by the NJAA and from the City of St. Petersburg's Weeki Wachee fund, which is earmarked for park and recreation projects.

Of course, because this is an amateur court, the game  we play does not use a ball like the one used by the pros.  We use a rubber ball and our court is roughly half the size of a professional cancha.  Still, the sport of jai-alai is very difficult to master.  The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the sport to be the fastest game in the world with throws reaching as high as 188 mph!   

St. Petersburg cancha located at : 5701 Lee Street NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

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St. Pete Jai-Alai Court Construction Photos
Special thanks to Tiger for the wording in this section


Views of the court (as it was)
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Back wall with end of the side wall. The city installed these boards on the fence about 15 years ago to allow rebotes. View from the front wall View of side wall & back wall Back wall with end of the side wall. The city installed these boards on the fence about 15 years ago to allow rebotes.

View from the front wall View of side wall & back wall Back wall with end of the side wall. The city installed these boards on the fence about 15 years ago to allow rebotes. View from the front wall

Then, add some players
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Clear the court: Construction begins 6/18/07
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Lines drawn for the new back wall and extensionLines drawn for the new back wall and extensionWork begins to tear up concrete on court Work begins on filling in gap between side wall and front wall


In comes the heavy equipment
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Wednesday 6/27 Activity
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Thursday, 6/28 Activity
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Friday, 6/29 Update
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Monday/Tuesday, July 2 & 3
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Thursday, July 5
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Footing space for the new 'coffin corner'Back wall footingsFootings/rebar for sidewall front fill-in


Progress photos, July 8
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July 9th - 11th
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July 13th: Pour footings/start walls
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The "Gloppita-gloppita machine" arrivesFilling side/back footingsFilling side/back footings Filling side/back footings


Monday, July 16th: Here come the walls
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Rear side wall extensionRear side wall extensionRear side wall extension Front side wall extension


Wednesday, July 18th
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Wednesday, 7/25 - Flooring complete
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Saturday, 7/28 - Wall action
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Thursday, 8/9 - 1st Phase Nears Completion
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Tuesday, 8/28 - Front wall painted a dark "jai-alai" green
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Tuesday, 9/11 - Entire court painted dark green
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Friday, 01/18/08 - Jai-Alai cancha closed during fencing project
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Monday, 01/21/08 - Fencing work resumes
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Tuesday, 01/22/08 - The Netting going up
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Wednesday, 01/23/08 - Extensive Netting and Fencing Work Completed

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Friday, 02/01/08 - Court Surfacing begins

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Monday, 04/14/08 - St. Pete Cancha now officially complete

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Top netting added
Large screen replaced with new reinforcement barsPractice courts painted a "jai-alai" green

Bench added for players and spectatorsAdditional lights added for better night playJai-alai court now ready for play



Friday, 08/12/08 - Friday Night Action

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