In 1992 the Bocce Club moved from New Orleans to its new indoor facilities at 2340 Severn Avenue in Metairie, 70001. The Club has the only indoor bocce courts in Louisiana. The clubhouse is tastefully decorated to resemble an Italian piazza. Murals of scenes from Sicilia and Capri adorn the walls surrounding the bocce courts.
The Bocce Club’s mission is to promote the sport of bocce throughout the state of Louisiana and the United States. Its activities include but not limited to sponsoring and running bocce tournaments for the Senior Olympics as well as tournament and bocce leagues for its membership, other clubs, organizations and societies.
The Club is a member of the United States Bocce Federation and its members play in sanctioned events throughout the United States. The Club runs leagues throughout the year. Its members play on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 pm. The Bocce Club is always looking for prospective members who enjoy competitive play, meeting wonderful people and having fun helping others learn the sport. Membership dues are very affordable. Please make an effort to come by and visit the Bocce Club. Its members gather on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Anyone interested in playing Bocce, call Glade Bilby at (504) 669-4073 for more information. Our members play in two thirteen week leagues every year. In addition, the Club is open two to four evenings each week for Bocce and other activities.
The Bocce Club of GNO, Inc. is a 501 ( c ) 4 non-profit corporation. It gratefully accepts donations from other non-profit organizations as well as individuals and corporations so it may continue to promote the sport of Bocce in the Greater New Orleans area.
The Club is available for rent to other organizations, corporations and individuals for a variety of events such as meetings, bridal showers, and private Bocce parties. Call Harold O’ Reilly at (504) 298-6982 or John Serpas at (504) 430-7668 for information and rates. The clubhouse will seat approximately 80 people comfortably.
Come by and join the fun. When you enter the Bocce Club, you leave your everyday stress and problems outside. You will look forward to meeting your friends and spending a few hours having fun. Its members are friendly and very competitive when it comes to playing Bocce.
A Brief History of our “New” Bocce Club – By Bob Sagona
The idea of a new location for the Bocce Club began in September, 1991 when as a Board member, I drove to Memphis with Sandro Pieri, Club President to meet with members of the Memphis Bocce Club. While in Memphis, we had an opportunity to see the operation of their club. We liked the idea that they took a warehouse type building, built four courts and provided a small area for socializing.
On our way back, I mentioned to Sandro that that we should try to find a building similar to theirs so that we could have a place for all Italian organizations to meet in order to keep our Italian heritage alive.
As things happen, about six months later I attended a meeting with my wife, Ruth given by the Resolution Trust Corporation, who was trying to sell repossessed properties from failed savings and loan associations. There we found a warehouse located in a very desirable area of Metairie. My wife suggested that it would make a great Bocce Club and possible meeting place.
I met with Sandro and others in the Club, and we formulated a plan to raise money and make an offer on the building. Our first offer was turned down, but we negotiated with the RTC. They gave us and price and we counter offered. The RTC accepted our offer.
We made a great deal on the building, and we were able to raise enough money to pay cash at the closing. At that time we had only twenty members and about fourteen of us put in lots of time and energy in renovating the building. We worked most week-ends and many evenings on the building. Today, we have a club that all of our members can be proud to come and invite friends. Please make an effort to come by and visit us!