Big Apple Dodgeball was halfway through their Fall 2012 season when Superstorm Sandy blasted through the Northeast United States on October 29, 2012 resulting in unprecedented wind and flood damage to the area. The New York City Parks and Recreation’s Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, which is located in Manhattan’s West Village, provides not only health and fitness services to local residence but is the host seasonal sports leagues like Big Apple Dodgeball. However, Sandy closed down hundreds of New York City recreational centers indefinitely, leaving seasons in limbo.
Big Apple Dodgeball waited in hope to salvage the rest of the season and tournament. Through continuous communication with NYCPR over the several weeks following Superstorm Sandy, eventually an alternative night and rec center location in Chelsea was worked out to start dodgeball back up in early January 2013. Then, just a little over a week before the year 2013 would be rung in, Big Apple Dodgeball was notified that the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center would be reopening in time for them return back home on January 7, 2013.