“The experience was awesome”, said Mr Norris. “Hundreds of people came through each day. We had entertainers, family rivalries, boyfriend and girlfriend battles, you name it – and we got to meet a lot of people who are involved in the music industry.”
The bocce games were played on unique inflatable ‘Packabocce’ courts created by Packaworld International. Conventional bocce courts are set in place and constructed from wood or stone, but Packabocce courts are portable and easy to set up quickly, allowing any flat area to be converted into a bocce court within 15 minutes.
In addition to Austin City Limits Music Festival, the American Bocce Company has also used the portable courts to run bocce at Chicago’s world-renowned music festival Lollapalooza.
Mr Norris said he was currently investigating options for creation of a bocce league in Austin, to be played weekly at a well-known local entertainment venue. Recent informal bocce nights he has organised at Austin venues such as Buffalo Billiards and Bufford’s Backyard Bar had proven popular, and it was clear that was an appetite for bocce in the city, he said.
“Bocce brings people from any walk of life together to compete and have fun. Some people come to socialise and enjoy the camaraderie. Others are competitive and come to kick butt. There are all sorts of ways you can look at it, but everyone’s here to have a good time.”