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St. Pete Shuffle Fridays

April 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until April 7, 2017

St. Pete Shuffle
St. Pete Shuffle Fridays is free, fun and a great part of Downtown St. Pete history!
Since starting our free Friday night, St. Pete Shuffle in 2005 we’ve welcomed 10,000’s of people to the club. Join us from 7 – 11 PM each week, weather permitting. Our volunteers will help you get set up on a court and show you how to play.


We get asked a lot of questions about our Friday nights! If the list below doesn’t answer your question, email us at info@stpeteshuffle.com.

  • Friday nights are run by our club member volunteers. This is a private recreational club, you are our guest. Please abide by our club rules. If you love the club, please consider becoming a member or volunteer!
  • We don’t reserve courts or equipment. Fridays are first come first served.
  • There is a limit of three courts per group. Groups may not reserve courts and equipment. We’re happy to schedule a time for you to bring larger groups to the club.
  • No walking on the courts.
  • You can bring food and drinks. No glass bottles on the courts.
  • No smoking, excessive drinking, bad language, etc. Help us keep Fridays family-friendly!
  • Please clean up around your court when you’re finished.
  • Help us keep our Friday nights free: a suggested donation of $2 for non-members is greatly appreciated.
  • We are open from 7-11 PM, weather permitting. Please do not grab equipment earlier than 7 PM; our volunteers are still setting up. We post rainout announcements to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome. Please bring a water bowl with you, and clean up after your pet.

Shuffleboard had arrived in St. Petersburg in 1923. That year, Connecticut jeweler, Phineas T. Ives, visited St. Petersburg, where shuffleboard had yet to put down roots. He had played the game on the east coast of Florida, enjoyed it, and wanted to play more. He urged the city to build courts in Mirror Lake Park, and that fall two were built, right in front of where the clubhouse stands.

So in 1924 a group of shuffleboard players — six in this case — organized what they called the St. Petersburg Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Club, the first strictly shuffleboard club in the world; in time it became the largest club of its kind in the world.

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