BubbleBall Inc. Rolls Out Bubble Soccer Craze For The U.S.
This summer, New York City based startup BubbleBall Inc. is bringing a new sports craze to the United States: bubble soccer. Not familiar with the sport? Think regular soccer played inside giant, protective, bouncing bubble suits. Fun for all ages, players run, jump, flip, bounce, and bump into each other in a wild attempt to score goals. BubbleBall Inc. is currently selling products nationwide and inviting people to come try bubble soccer in New York. To celebrate the World Cup, the company is also giving away free BubbleBall products through its Twitter sweepstakes.
The product is undeniably quirky, and invites friendly and funny physical contact. Games with BubbleBall are safer to play than traditional mainstream sports and equally entertaining to watch. Bubble soccer is just the tip of the iceberg: the number of different games is limited only by players’ imaginations.
When a video from 2011 went viral on YouTube, bubble soccer quickly developed a following in Europe and Australia. Upon seeing the video, BubbleBall Inc. founder and CEO Mahdad Taheri saw an opportunity to bring the bubbly new sport stateside.
“It looked like an absolute blast; I was dying to try it. After shattering my elbow in college in traditional soccer, I also felt comfort knowing I could be protected in a bubble. I thought ‘what parent wouldn’t also want their kids protected like this?’” said Taheri.
So who is BubbleBal best suited for? “The product has incredibly broad appeal and everyone who sees it in action wants to play. The beauty of BubbleBal is that anyone can,” Taheri explains.
The company originally wanted to target college students, but has been swarmed with interest from youth groups and summer camps, to the military and fitness centers looking for new workouts. Birthdays, bachelor parties, and company outings are also great occasions to play.
BubbleBall in New York can be found at Chelsea Piers starting July 12, 2014. Reservations can be made online at bubbleball.us; spots are booking up quickly. The rest of the country will be able to rent the products as the company expands its distribution channels.
Currently, BubbleBallers outside of New York City can purchase BubbleBall products online or win them via Twitter. The sweepstakes runs from June 24, 2014 until July 13, 2014. Entrants simply need to tweet for a chance to win a BubbleBall Starter Kit, which includes 10 balls, 10 bags, 10 t-shirts, and 2 pumps. Any tweet that includes Twitter handle BubbleBallUS, hashtag #worldcup, and a link to bubbleball.us will automatically enter the person for a chance to win.