By Jon Delano

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Off Interstate 79, just north of the Bridgeville exit, construction is underway at the new entertainment complex called Topgolf, part of the Newberry Market development in South Fayette.

“We’d like to be in every NFL city, so Pittsburgh for us is a strategic market we’d love to partner with, and we believe we’ll be a good partner to the community,” says Topgolf’s Chad Duffield to KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Monday.

Duffield just moved to Pittsburgh to direct operations at Topgolf.

“We think we will serve about 450,000 guests a year,” he said.

That’s right.

Construction is 24/7 at the first Topgolf venue in Pennsylvania that hopes to attract nearly a half million customers each year.

So what exactly is Topgolf?

“It’s an entertainment venue, so folks of all ages and all backgrounds can come play Topgolf,” says Duffield. “And, of course, golf is an aspect of what we do, but we have dining and beverage and a full-blown restaurant experience as well as entertainment. So we do DJs, live entertainment, and we have other games besides the game of golf itself.”

Over half the players have never played golf.

Customers essentially rent a bay and hit micro-chipped balls, winning points for accuracy and distance.

And Topgolf is open year-round.

“In the wintertime, the bays are heated. So that they — the heaters — raise the temperature about 30 degrees,” notes Duffield.

Topgolf hopes to open this facility sometime in late July or early August, but before that can happen they need to hire 500 new employees right here from the Pittsburgh area.

The process of hiring is beginning right now.

“We need 150 food servers, we need 60 food runners, we need 70 busboys. We need those kinds of employees most of them,” Duffield said.

Add in the bartenders, chefs, hostesses, and maintenance people to keep operations running smoothly at a facility that can accommodate 1,500 people at one time, the need is great.

“The first hiring event is the day after Memorial Day weekend, so it will be the 29th,” says Duffield.

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