'No off-season': New business centered on family fun

The Sports Lounge in Dickinson seeks to bring the baseball and softball to the Western Edge year-round, as well bouncy fun for the little ones.

The Sports Lounge in Dickinson offers baseball and bounces.
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DICKINSON — A new Dickinson, family owned small business called The Sports Lounge recently opened at the Roers strip mall near Family Fare and Mattress Firm. The owners are Derek McManus and his wife Marcella.

The lounge has several bounce houses for young children, and batting cages for everyone else. Derek said his passion for baseball and offering fun activities to the community were factors in deciding to pursue the new venture.

The batting cages.
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“Well, I have kids in sports and I’m a baseball fan. When I was a kid I kind of felt they didn't have anything else to do once baseball was over. And my kids kind of hated it,” Derek said. “I felt like, let's try to open up the batting cages. I didn't feel like with school going on there would be too many customers in the morning. So I figured why not try to help daycares out with kids by bringing them in to have fun and burn some energy.”

He further explained the business is allowing him to spend more quality time with his wife and four children, after several years of logging overtime as a consultant in the energy sector.

“We came up here from Colorado about 12 years ago. I worked in the oilfield. Just with the hours and stuff, you kind of miss out on a lot,” he said. “You miss everything, you know. You miss their sports, you miss their after school programs and I didn’t like it. I had enough of it… So I thought it was time to be more family-oriented rather than working all the time.”


Salem, 1, left, and her friend Aisley, 2, enjoy the ball pit at The Sports Lounge.
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The McManus family opened the doors to their new business on Nov. 6 and have enjoyed meeting new customers. Eventually they hope to expand and offer more activities such as indoor soccer. The batting cages currently accommodate fast and slow pitch softball, as well as fast pitch baseball.

“We need more to do for kids in the community,” Marcella said.

The bounce houses are open all week from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hours extended to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth weekends of the month. The batting cages are open all week from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with extended hours beginning at 9 a.m. on the first and third weekends of the month. According to their website, extended hours can vary.

The Sports Lounge is located at 3275 West Ridge Drive, Suite G- H. For pricing and other information, check out their Facebook page or website at

A young slugger masters his swing.
Contributed / Derek McManus

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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