Florida city undergoing shuffleboard revival

Published On: Oct 21 2013 06:22:38 PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

The word "shuffleboard" conjures images of elderly snowbirds in Florida, a sport of days gone by.

But a group of younger St. Petersburg folks are trying to shatter that stereotype by hosting weekly shuffleboard events. Hundreds of people in their teens, twenties and thirties now play for free on the city's courts every Friday night. Live bands, art shows and beer-filled coolers are common sights.

The city's courts are packed this week. The International Shuffleboard Association is hosting its World Singles Championship tournament here.

More than 150 Shuffleboard players from all over the world - including Japan, Egypt, Russia and Australia -- are competing.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of shuffleboard in Florida, and the 90th anniversary for the St. Petersburg club.

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