PingPod: The Future of Table Tennis Plans Expansion to Upper West Side

PingPod opening on Upper West Side

The PingPod location at 515 East 86th Street.

A rapidly expanding table tennis company is bringing one of its automated facilities to the Upper West Side.

PingPod, which offers “Table Tennis on Demand,” will be opening a location at 243 West 99th Street at Broadway, though we don’t know when it will open.

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PingPod’s locations are always open, as there are no employees onsite. Instead, its spaces are monitored by security cameras.

Players use PingPod’s app to reserve tables and open the doors. The app is also used to pay, buy food and drinks, send reminders, and watch video footage of your matches.

You can book sessions at all hours of the night, and pricing is by 30 minute, 1 hour and 1.5 hour sessions (based on the other locations we’ve looked at). The common range we’ve seen has been $12.50 to $15 for half-hour sessions.

PingPod also offers monthly memberships for those who plan to paddle with frequency.

In addition to having tables you can book, the unique company’s offerings include coaches and classes, birthday parties for kids, and competitions for members.

The spaces also come with WiFi, light food and drinks, and TV screens to watch your games.

PingPod got its start on the Lower East Side in 2020. Since then, they’ve expanded with locations on the Upper East Side, in Astoria, Midtown and Williamsburg. The company is planning a second UES facility in addition to an outpost in Downtown Brooklyn. Having raised $10 million in venture capital last year, PingPod is working on expanding nationally and has set up shop in New Jersey and Philadelphia, with spots in Boston and Miami coming soon.


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