Many legions are in serious trouble and a couple have closed just recently because no one is showing up, particularly in the younger generation. But Billy Bishop Legion in Kitsilano is doing well. Why? In part because of Kits Ping Pong Club, which meets there on the upper level every Thursday night. We reported on this in April 2014, and since then, the club has grown. In fact, it’s probably one of the most fun and afforable nights out Kits has to offer.
Club Dirctor Jeremy Baumchose the spot for two reasons: it offered a place to play ping pong in his neighbourhood and he wanted to bring foot traffic back into the pub. As reported by Vancouver 24 Hrs:
“A buddy and I would have meetings in the legion’s lower level and recognized it was quite sparse,” he said.
At first, only friends and family filled the hall for the ping pong action on six tables, said Baum.
“Then word of mouth just travelled,” he said. “We also have a 24-seat lounge, and people can come play games, Jenga, have a couple drinks.
“I’ve seen some Tinder dates there and that’s always fun to see unfold.”
More than 20 people show up every week.
Debbie Hretchka, president of the Billy Bishop branch, said the ping pong club has helped boost membership.
“We definitely get the overflow,” she said. “One of the things that’s driven up business is definitely getting those people to come in, and when they do come in, we approach them, talk to them about the legion, and show them around.”
For more information on the club, visit kitspingpong.com.
Last modified: March 20, 2015