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The name Jack’s is an acronym for the four owners, Jeff Fencer, Andy Hill, Curtis Butler, Kevin Faulkner, of Conway’s new indoor, low-impact paintball, 3-D tactical laser tag, escape room, and arcade games shop.
Jack’s opened in August 2016 and originally was only going to include indoor paintball, but Hill said they decided to add more to create a larger market.
Hill said low-impact paintball offers a small size paintball and creates a market for younger children to get into playing paintball. Two to fourteen players can play paintball at one time.
Paintball prices start off at $24.99 per player, which includes equipment rental and 100 paintballs.
In the 3-D laser tag participants are given a pair of 3-D glasses before entering the arena. This gives the illusion that the designs in the black light room are coming off the walls. Laser tag is also designed for two to fourteen players.
Laser tag starts off at $6.99 per game but there are bigger packages that can be purchased to get a lower price per game.
Regina and Shane Kirk, residence from Sherwood,AR, brought their 8-year-old son Ryan to Jack’s for his birthday party and purchased the unlimited laser tag package.
Ryan and his buddies got to play as much laser tag as they wanted,” said Kirk. “This was the best price around for what you get. We are very pleased with the services.”
The escape room is based on ancient Egyptian tombs. Players must answer a series of puzzles and riddles to make it out of the room but they only have 20 minutes.
Hill said that Jack’s also student nights for the local college students to come out and have a good time on a budget.
Jack’s is also releasing a new game soon called Arrow Wars, which is similar to paintball but with foam-tipped arrows.
Jack’s arcade has about 25 games inside of it and the games are for all age ranges.
Jack’s also offers private event and birthday party packages including a party room.
Jack’s is located at 655 Equity Ave. and is open on Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.to 7 p.m.
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Funholics brings Pakistan’s first high-end Laser Tag Arena
Lahore – Funholics brings Pakistan’s first high-end Laser Tag Arena, simply the most amazing indoor experience ever! This state of the art Indoor Laser Tag Arena is designed to provide fun and challenge to all age group participants.
Laser tag is a tag game played with lasers. Infrared-sensitive targets are commonly worn by each player. All guns and the premises are designed specifically with high-end technology, to give all players a ‘feeling joyful’ and ‘exciting’ battle seem like they’re the same! What is most important is that the “safety” of laser guns used is not harmful to the skin or eyes.
The launch event was organized by jbnjaws on Sunday evening, and PR was done by Cartel.
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$350 million entertainment complex coming to Northwest El Paso
Northwest El Paso is about to go boom.
The future of entertainment in El Paso is going to the west side. Transmountain partners have announced a massive $350 million project that will reshape what we currently know as Northwest El Paso.
The new entertainment center will feature cinemas, bowling, multi-level laser tag, elevated ropes course, fully-loaded game floor, escape rooms, premium food offerings, a full-service bar, multiple event rooms, reserved ticketing, luxury recliner seating, and a Cinergy EPIC auditorium.
Cinergy Entertainment will boast 10 state-of-the-art auditoriums, 18 lanes of upscale bowling with sophisticated design and seating, two full-service bars, multiple escape rooms, a fully-loaded game floor with more than 110 interactive games, redemption store, premium dining options, a multi-level laser tag arena, Sky Walker with a zip line (a gravity-defying, black light overhead ropes course), and multiple event rooms. Auditoriums will showcase large wall-to-wall screens, enhanced sound, and spacious electric recliner seating. The new El Paso complex will feature Cinergy’s premium large-format auditorium, EPIC “Experience Perfection in Cinema.” The EPIC auditorium was developed to provide an amazing large-screen experience using the most advanced technology and techniques available. EPIC is the ultimate in movie immersion and comfort. Featuring a massive 64' x 35' silver screen, Dolby Atmos® sound system with over 62 channels, stunning clarity, bright digital images utilizing a 4K projection system, ultra-plush electric leather recliner seating, and the newest movies every week, you’ll be lifted from your seat and taken straight into the movie.
All auditoriums will feature luxury electric recliner seating with swivel table and extra wide space between rows for maximum comfort, making the dine-in theatre experience that much better. “This new location will exceed our guests’ expectations by offering their favorite amenities and going beyond with new thrilling enhancements, including Cinergy’s first escape rooms. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players must use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit. The experience will be one-of-a-kind; this is the future of the movie-going and entertainment industry,” states Darek Heath, Cinergy’s VP of Operations.
The theater will be located in the upcoming $350 M Franklin Galleria power retail center, located on 115 acres at the intersection of I-10 and Transmountain Road. “With Cinergy forming the core of our center,” said Jose Gonzalez, the developer of Franklin Galleria, “we are committed to bringing unique entertainment experiences to the people of West El Paso, pending a decision on a request to the City of El Paso for economic incentives to support the new complex. With two brand new hospitals, The Outlet Shops of El Paso, and a new Abundant Living Faith Church all nearby, Franklin Galleria aims to provide the type of next-level entertainment that our community needs.” Franklin Galleria, in addition to the Cinergy theater, will include retail, multi-family developments, hotels, golf venues, and upscale bars and restaurants intended to revitalize far-west El Paso. Franklin Galleria is being developed by Transmountain Partners under the leadership of Mr. Jose A. Gonzalez.
Laser tag centre plans submitted for Boston Library basement
The basement of Boston Library will be used to bring sci-fi battles to life after an application to turn it into a ‘laser tag’ centre was submitted. Paul Wilkinson, the man behind the recently refurbished Waterfall Plaza, has submitted plans to Boston Borough Council to turn part of the basement of the Old County Hall into a ‘Laser Quest activity centre’.
The indoor tag game sees people shoot each other with laser guns while in a maze-like environment. Boston Library will continue to operate in its location for at least the next 10 years. A statement submitted to the council says the unused areas of the basement are ‘ideal’ for the use.
It says: “The former council office areas within the Old County Hall building have remained as offices, now privately let to a variety of tenants. “Part of the basement have established uses which will remain. The boiler room, serving the complex and storage areas associated with the Library and CDA Solicitors [a tenant] and Blackfriars Theatre’s costume store.
Part of the basement functioned as the South Lincolnshire Emergency Control Centre – and it is this, now redundant use, that has freed up the space available for leisure use.” The new facility will be accessed from the Waterfall Plaza – which Mr Wilkinson also recently refurbished, installing a shopping centre on the ground floor and flats above.
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Leicester Megazone death: Laser game safety call
The father of an eight-year-old boy who died when a teenager fell on him in a laser game has called for safety guidelines to be changed.
Aryan Patel died from internal injuries in the accident at Leicester's Megazone Laser Tag in April, an inquest found.
Rajendra Patel said players should be grouped according to their height.
Megazone said safety officials found its "practices and conduct to be completely in order", but would consider if improvements could be made.
Leicester City Council told the inquest into Aryan's death on Thursday it would be taking no action against Megazone because it was satisfied with the company's health and safety procedures.
Megazone said safety officers found its "practices and conduct to be completely in order" An inquest jury concluded his death was accidental.
The laser tag session included 33 other people who were above the age of six and taller than 3ft 7in (1.1m).
Mr Patel, from Leicester, said his son, who was 3ft 11in (1.2m), had been playing with children of different ages and heights.
"We don't want this accident to be repeated and another family to suffer the pain we are going through," he said. "Megazone and similar companies need to change how players are grouped... people with similar heights should play together."
Aryan's father Rajendra said the family will "miss everything about Aryan everyday" Mr Patel described Aryan as "bubbly" with a "great sense of humour".
"He used to laugh and joke about... and he was caring, he used to look after his older brother," Mr Patel said.
The inquest lasted two days at Leicester Coroner's Court
The teenage boy, who was about 6ft (1.8m), told the inquest he did not realise Aryan was there because of his slight build and the dark lighting in the room.
Aryan died in hospital from a liver injury and subsequent blood loss.
Megazone has offered its "deepest condolences" to Aryan's family In a statement, Megazone said: "The health and safety officers have investigated our operation and found our company practices and conduct to be completely in order.
"We are sympathetic to the family's concerns and will consider if and where we can make further improvements.
"Whilst this is the only incident of this nature in 26 years of operation, we will always seek to enhance our policies and maintain the highest standards of safety. The company said it was a "tragic accident" and offered its "deepest condolences" to Aryan's family.
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Eight-year-old boy died after suffering liver injury while playing laser tag
n eight-year-old boy died after suffering a liver injury while playing laser tag as a family treat.
Slightly-built Aryan Patel collided heavily with a 6ft teenager as they played in a mixed age session at a city laser tag arena.
An inquest was told they both fell to the floor with the larger boy falling on top of the youngster who screamed in pain.
Aryan's father found him writhing on the floor in the middle of the playroom at the Megazone arena in Gower Street, Leicester city centre.
Aryan, who was very small for his age, was groaning and appeared to be having a fit as he was carried to the reception and laid on a sofa.
Staff called an ambulance and paramedics treated him at the venue.
They took him to the Leicester Royal Infirmary but he died 35 minutes later after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Strenuous efforts by the resuscitation teams could not restart the Leicester youngster's heart.
Paediatric accident and emergency consultant Dr Rachel Rowlands told the hearing at Leicester Town Hall: "Once a child goes into cardiac arrest it is very rare that you can get them back.
"Normally a cardiac arrest is the last thing to happen to a child when they are dying."
Coroner Lydia Brown told the jury of seven men and four women that Aryan, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia, had been taken to Megazone on Thursday April 7 with his brother after a successful routine appointment at the hospital earlier in the day.
Doctors said he was very well.
The jury heard Aryan was enjoying the third game of the session called Ultimate Rapid Fire when the collision occurred.
The arena was lit by UV light and disco lights, there was dry ice and music was playing.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the hearing he was with a group celebrating a friend's birthday.
He said: "I came jogging down a ramp and we collided.
"He was so small I could not see him over the top of my laser gun. I fell on top of him and he started screaming."
The youth said he got up as quickly as he could and people came to Aryan's aid.
Because it was dark, Aryan's dad carried him to the reception while the ambulance was called.
Arena supervisor Laura Ackton said she called the ambulance and evacuated the arena floor.
She said all players had been given a safety briefing before the session which started at 5pm and was due to finish at 8pm.
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General manager Kimberley Senkbeil-Newley said the mixed sessions were open to players aged six and above and who were more than 3ft 9in tall.
She said mixed aged sessions were popular with families and that there were strict rules governing behaviour.
Running and intended physical contact were banned.
People who breached rules were warned and could be ejected if they did not modify behaviour.
She added that staff had only been obliged to call the emergency services once before during the centre's 26 years in operation.
Staff said there were no problems that evening before the collision.
Pathologist Roger Malcomson said Aryan was very small for his age.
He said the youngster had suffered a severe liver injury in the collision which had caused major blood loss.
He told the hearing the injury and the loss of blood were the causes of death.
He said Aryan's spleen was grossly enlarged because of his sickle cell anaemia but this did not contribute to his death.
The jury is expected to return its conclusion tomorrow afternoon.
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8 reasons to check out the renovated Bowlero in North Brunswick
Nearly 800 people gathered on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, for the grand opening of Bowlero on Carolier Lane in North Brunswick -- formerly the Brunswick Zone Carolier. The bowling center has been transformed after massive renovations. Local hero, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Laurie Hernandez was a special guest at the event. (Spencer Kent | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Gizmos Fun Factory Now Open (Orland Park, IL)
Fun for the whole family isn’t a contradiction anymore! The ideal getaway—you, know, the virtually impossible vacation where everyone truly has a blast—opened Friday and is conveniently located for Chicago and south suburban residents. Gizmos Fun Factory (www.gizmosfunfactory.com) is a mind-boggling 47,000-square-feet of entertainment, directly adjacent to the Orland Square Mall. This is not your grandad’s bowling alley or your little sister’s mini golf. We’re talking laser tag, zip lines, go-karts, bumper cars, climbing walls, plus 75+ arcade games and redemption-style games, all under one remarkable roof! Still toddling and not ready to run with the big dogs? That’s ok! Unlike traditional arcades and entertainment venues, Gizmo’s Fun Factory also features safe fun for tiny tots.
“We wanted to create an entertainment experience unlike any other,” said Tim Mercer, Gizmos Fun Factory general manager. “Gizmos is where family fun meets sophistication, where the kids can grab a hot dog and adults can enjoy upscale cuisine, craft beers and wine. Where everyone wants to stay for just one more game.”
Attractions currently include the following, and will be updated over time to ensure an ever-changing adventure.
Gizmos Fun Factory Climbing Wall. Photo courtesy of Gizmos Fun Factory Gizmos Fun Factory Climbing Wall. Photo courtesy of Gizmos Fun Factory ROBOT LASER TAG REVOLT
No one has laser tag like this! Gizmos Fun Factory features a mammoth, two-story arena where players are immersed in a fast-paced game of strategy.
Pint-sized patrons will love the ultimate climbing experience. Designed for guests under 54 inches tall, Ballocity boasts climbing tubes, slides, foam ball launchers, and more. Stealthily navigating four-stories of fun and multilevel platforms, this space is big on fun for small adventurers. They even get to dump buckets of foam balls on our other guests! Now, that’s entertainment.
Get revving for the coolest set of wheels on the go-kart circuit. Careen through a 14,000+-square-foot track, take hairpin turns and show off your skills. No driver’s license needed, but you’ve got to be 54 inches to qualify for your own set of wheels.
Everyone loves bumper cars. It’s just a fact. It makes bumping, banging, and maneuvering in traffic so much fun at Gizmo’s.
Adrenaline junkies, let us show you the ropes. Sky Trail is a three-story climbing and ropes course that lets you soar through the air with a bird’s eye view of Orland Park. An array of platforms enables adventurers to climb, leap, and fly!
Not your everyday laser maze. To succeed at Juke N Box, you’ve got to demonstrate real skill, speed, and agility, navigating an interactive floor while dodging lasers that follow you everywhere. Energy, music, and heart-pumping action, this is a great teambuilding activity for kids and young adults and for families.
We’ll have you climbing the walls… and begging for more. Gizmos Fun Factory boasts not one, not two, but three climbing walls with varying levels of difficulty. Test your speed and agility while showing your fear of heights who’s boss.
Playing hard works up an appetite. And tastebuds deserve to have fun, too. A selection of fresh and tasty snacks, meals, and beverages is available for table or gameside service.
Birthdays, incomparable corporate retreats, reunions, you name it. Gizmo’s manufactures an incomparable bash. Seven (yes SEVEN!) party rooms are available to make yours the party they won’t forget.
The madcap designers behind Gizmo’s Fun Factory are Dynamic Design (www.dynamicdesigns.inc), the entertainment impresarios behind Wilderness Resorts, Legoland, Cabela’s, Namco, Main Event Entertainment, and Cinema World.
Gizmos Fun Factory is located at 66 Orland Square Drive, Suite D, Orland Park, Illinois. Every day is fun day, so we’re open seven days a week. Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Summer, school breaks, and school holidays, Gizmos opens its doors at 10 a.m.
The Gizmos Basic WristBand allows four hours of unlimited play on everything except Laser Tag and Sky Trail, plus a $5 game card for $22.99 (Monday-Thursday), $27.99 (Friday-Sunday). Our Plus Band allows unlimited play on everything, plus a $10 game card for $29.99 (Monday-Thursday), $34.99 (Friday-Sunday).
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Hilliard's Ten Pin Alley plans $5 million expansion (OH)
Ten Pin Alley boutique bowling center in Hilliard announced Wednesday that it plans a $5 million expansion that will more than double its footprint to 33,000 square feet and add a variety of entertainment features.
"The upgrade puts the focus more on atmosphere, food, technology, service and cleanliness than the more league-focused centers," said Andy Beougher, marketing manager.
The expansion will add an eight-lane VIP bowling room to the existing 16 lanes now in the 14,600-square-foot facility. The expansion also will include additional party rooms; a two-story, 2,300 square-foot laser-tag arena; a 2,900-square-foot arcade with 50 games; four 60-foot bocce courts; a renovated bar, restaurant and patio featuring a gas fire pit, more seating and direct access to the main bar.
In addition, the renovated 1,300-square-foot kitchen will include a new, open pizza oven.
During construction, which is set to begin in January, Ten Pin Alley will remain open. The opening of the expansion is set for August.
“We are particularly excited about the laser tag,” owner Sarah Gross said. It will be the only such arena serving Hilliard, Dublin, Upper Arlington and Grove City, she said.
In anticipation of the project, Hilliard City Council renamed Ten Pin Alley’s street address, at 5499 Constitution Blvd., as Ten Pin Alley.
Built in 1960, the bowling alley was known as Northwest Lanes when Gross bought it in 2006. After an initial renovation, she renamed it Ten Pin Alley.
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Go kart, laser tag planned for former Town and Country Walmart
A long vacant former Walmart store in Town and Country will soon be converted to a $3 million go kart and laser tag indoor arena.
Town and Country officials are reviewing construction plans for the Amp Up Action Park that’s slated to open next spring in more than 50,000 square feet of space at Manchester Meadows Plaza at 13901 Manchester Road.
High-performance go karts that go up to 45 mph, an aerial ropes course, laser tag and other games are planned for the space, said Amp Up’s managing partner Kim Link, who owns the business with her husband, Brian. Bron and Shawna Launsby are minority partners.
The lack of entertainment options for young adults in the area and business professionals seeking team building activities made the site attractive, Kim Link said. The Links and Launsbys also own a Sky Zone trampoline park in Fort Lauderdale.
“Having it close to our home will give us the opportunity to develop the place in a way that fits best for the community,” Kim Link said of the Town and Country project.
An At Home housewares, garden and furniture store opened in a portion of the former Walmart building last month. The building has been unoccupied since Walmart closed seven years ago.
“The height of the ceilings, openness, and length of the box is what initially attracted my clients to the space,” Alex Apter, commercial broker for L3 Corporation, said of the building. Apter represented Amp Up’s owners in the lease.
When it opens, Amp Up with have about 50 full- and part-time employees. Maryland Heights-based architectural firm ArcVision is designing the space.
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Exciting new space-themed Battlestar Laser experience just 30 minutes out of Derby (UK)
Here is your chance to take a look around Folkestone's new laser tag arena
A new laser tag arena has opened in Folkestone – and the couple behind the project says it is the "best thing we've ever done".
Claire and Nigel Tyler officially opened Hyper Space Laser Tag in Caesars Way last week, having taken over the unit next to their existing Kidz Planet business.
And after several teases of what it would look like, Kent Live photographer Ian Scammell has been given a tour of the space-themed arena.
Mrs Tyler said: "Everyone who has been has absolutely loved it. It's the best thing we've ever done in terms of being aesthetically pleasing.
"It looks even better than I wanted and the feedback so far has been excellent. We're now just hoping for numbers coming through the door."
Hyper Space Laser Tag – which is aimed at people aged ten and above – is in the process of obtaining a drinks licence from the council, whilst work is still being carried out on the kitchen.
A special "horror maze" is to be created by Glassworks Sixth Form students on October 31, and Mrs Tyler has promised a series of offers in November.
She added: "We have been open for 14 years (with Kidz Planet) and are trying the next level up.
"The unit became available and have always wanted to do something else. When we created Kidz Planet, it's because my son was three and we were going all over the place to get to play centres.
"Now he's 17, we realised there is nothing for this age bracket, so it's very much for the same reason. We have spent a lot of money having it done and we're all really excited about it."
Rutgers alumnus starts up laser tag company
When playing video games, players want to become immersed in a digital experience that reflects real. Vic Pellegrini, a 2009 Rutgers alumnus, was able to bring combat video games to life with an outdoor laser tag company.
Pellegrini played both video games and laser tag growing up. As his interests began to grow, and after hours of research and planning, Pellegrini realized he could bring video games into real life and bridge the gap between his two pastimes.
And he did just that with a Flemington, N.J.-based business called "Bullseye Virtual Combat." The business is a state-of-the-art tactical laser tag experience, which is customized to the needs of each group that comes to play, Pellegrini said in an email.
“We can create a two-hour party for clubs who want to do team building or a month-long tournament series to see who is the best fraternity on campus,” he said.
He said anything that can be played in a video game can be recreated on the field.
Players use AR-15 replicas on the field, which provide authentic recoil from CO2 charged magazines and makes the experience unique. These magazines can be reloaded, similarly to an actual firearm.
“Reloading and recoil is what takes this laser tag experience to uncharted territories,” he said. “The days of clunky space themed laser tag are over and the new realistic weapons and games have arrived.”
Pellegrini designed the courses on the field along with a video game designer who had experience in creating virtual battlefields.
“While I believe I would have eventually built a great field through trial and error, trying to do it all on my own would have been done at the cost of the first customer’s experience,” he said.
Working with a video game designer gave him the opportunity to truly bring “video games in real life."
Pellegrini and the designer built the course using plywood walls. Although it does not change on a day-to-day basis, the games are customized for any level of play or team.
“We have a menu which offers a wide variety of game concepts, which also allows returning players to get a new experience anytime they come out and join us,” Pellegrini said.
Pellegrini favorite part of working at a laser tag company is watching a group of strangers work as a team.
“When your heart is pounding, and the sweat is beading on your forehead while you plan out your next move, it suddenly doesn’t matter whether your teammate is someone you’ve known your whole life, or someone you met five minutes ago,” he said.
To Pellegrini, this is proof that this is an experience people can lose themselves in.
The Cook College alumnus said opening a business has been rewarding, but also stressful and expensive.
While taking the first step was terrifying, Pellegrini said he always reminded himself to work on the next step rather than letting the big picture overwhelm him.
“It’s an indescribable feeling when something that started out as a simple idea starts to become real,” he said. “To have created an experience that you see people enjoying right in front of your eyes, makes every sleepless night and every penny spent worth it.”
He also learned about stress management, but used his past experience as a police dispatcher to manage stressful circumstances.
“The stress of running your own business can easily find its way to every aspect of your life,” he said.
Although Pellegrini said getting the business up and running was stressful, he plans to expand Bullseye Virtual Combat.
“We would like to expand into a warehouse-type setting, where we can build a cusome city indoors as our battlefield,” he said.
He plans to add more equipment, which in turn could lead to a wider variety of games for players to choose.
“Those things will come with time, and with the ideas I already have, plus feedback from my already loyal customers, I am so excited for what the future holds from Bullseye Virtual Combat,” he said.
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More arrests likely in child grooming probe at Willenhall laser tag arena (UK)
Investigation ongoing over claims youngsters were groomed at Laser 20 Police could make further arrests as they continue to investigate a laser tag games arena in Willenhall for child grooming.
Detectives at West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into claims that youngsters were groomed at Laser 20, in Upper Lichfield Street.
A boy allegedly confided in a nearby shop owner that he had been touched inappropriately at the game centre.
There are also rumours that the upstairs of the laser tag centre was “kitted out with mattresses.”
Laser 20, on Upper Lichfield Street, in WillenhallLaser 20, on Upper Lichfield Street, in Willenhall A 41-year-old man from Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of grooming and is currently on police bail. The game centre has been shut since his arrest.
Police could now make further arrests as they continue to investigate Laser 20.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested and is currently on police bail. Our investigation is continuing.”
Laser 20, which hosts the longest laser tag games in the UK according to its Facebook page, opened on Upper Lichfield Street on 5 December 2015.
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Plex HiWire to add two-story laser tag arena(NC)
Plex HiWire Family Fun and Sports Center will soon add another attraction to its indoor entertainment center at its Village at Sandhill location on Fashion Drive.
Coming this fall, Plex will open a two-story Plex Extreme Laser Tag Arena. Designed by Creative Works, the arena will have of 4,000 feet of 3D murals, black lights and industrial props that will create an interactive maze leading patrons through the futuristic-themed space on a mission to an 18-foot tower that is home to, “the Evil Guardian of the Universe.”
“Plex’s goal is to get families moving and the saser tag addition will bring families together for a multi-generational activity that encourages good clean fun for all,” said Mike Harris, President of Plex HiWire Family Fun and Sports Center. “This new component of our mult-component entertainment park is definitely not like the old school laser tag but a state-of the-art, challenging and fun competition that the entire family can enjoy."
In addition to its Fashion Drive location, Plex HiWire has a location at 1019 Broad Stone Rd. in Irmo. Together, the two facilities boast over 160,000-square-feet of indoor play space including the area’s only full-sized regulation ice skating rink, a full-sized indoor soccer field, a regulation inline hockey rink, four full-sized volleyball courts, HiWire Extreme Trampoline Parks and Jumpin’ Jacks Inflatable Park.
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Entertainment Venue Opening in Manassas (VA) on Tuesday, August 23
The newest location of the nationally acclaimed Uptown Alley concept will open its doors at the recently renovated Manassas Mall (8300 Sudley Road, Manassas, Va.) on Tuesday, August 23, at 11 a.m. The $11.5 million, 46,000 square foot entertainment and restaurant venue features 24 high-tech bowling lanes, a professional sound stage for live entertainment, three high-energy bars, laser tag, interactive games with prize store and Red Embers Bar & Grill, with a menu highlighting the best in Americana cuisine, created by award-winning Chef Brad Rishmany.
The immersive entertainment experience features Brunswick® regulation-sized bowling lanes, including ten private lanes, designed for all types of bowlers, from beginner to experienced league bowler. Uptown Alley’s lanes have all the latest in the modern day bowling experience, including 15-foot projection HDTVs, black light party bowling experience, music videos, state-of-the-art scoring system and gutter bumpers for beginners.
In addition to bowling, Uptown Alley offers three full service bars, private VIP areas, billiard tables and fantastic sports and music video viewing, with over 40 HDTVs throughout the venue. Uptown Alley provides the perfect location for corporate outings, private parties and meetings as well as family get-togethers. A professional full-service wait staff is provided throughout the venue including the bowling lanes.
The massive two-story laser tag arena can accommodate up to 24 players at a time for the ultimate laser tag experience. Specialty lighting and music makes this innovative laser tag course one of the highlights of the venue. In the gaming area, visitors will discover over 50 video and prize games, offering opportunities for everyone to find ways to challenge their skills and redeem points for great prizes.
Red Embers Bar & Grill, the venue’s casual dining restaurant, seats 150 guests indoors and another 40 outside on their spacious patio. The menu features classic American cuisine prepared in an open exhibition kitchen. Menu items include a house specialty BBQ, hearth-oven pizza, scratch made and hand stretched pizza with Neapolitan style dough, traditional and boneless chicken wings, bacon mac and cheese and Uptown Alley’s very own “Big Uppy” burger. Signature drinks, specialty martinis, 24 handcrafted draft beers, 30 bourbon and premium liquor selections will be available at the bars.
The Uptown Alley concept was co-created by Uphoff Ventures – led by Steve and Linda Uphoff, founders of the Uppy’s Convenience Store and Southside Oil chain–and Trifecta Management Group (TMG), comprised of executives from the entertainment/restaurant industry including Universal Studios® and GameWorks®.
“Uptown Alley was created to be that special place, where friends and families alike can mingle, play games, enjoy delicious food and drinks and be entertained in a welcoming environment. We strive to provide excellent service, lots of smiles and an experience that promises to afford our guests lasting memories,” explained Steve Uphoff. “We are continually challenging ourselves and raising the bar in creating innovative world-class destinations, with the latest product offerings. I believe we’ve accomplished that with this Manassas venue.”
The Manassas venue is the Uphoffs’ third venture and joins a 60,000 square-foot Uptown Alley in Surprise, Arizona, and a 57,000 square-foot, multi-level Uptown Alley in Richmond, Virginia. Both have received numerous national and local awards for their experiences, food and design. The Manassas venue is part of the company’s aggressive expansion plans, which includes its first international location opening in Changzhou, China, in September and locations in Virginia Beach and White Plains, New York in 2017.
“We are excited to bring the Uptown Alley experience to the newly renovated Manassas Mall and to the Northern Virginia area,” said Michael Auger, a TMG managing partner. “Our goal has always been to make the Uptown Alley brand the best indoor entertainment experience available anywhere, offering something for everyone to enjoy, from live music to our great chef-created cuisine, for the community and visitors alike.”
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New O’Fallon Entertainment Venue Offers Tactical Laser Tag, Banquet Facilities (Saint Louis)
A new entertainment venue in O’Fallon gets its name from its address, 18 North Central, but that doesn’t begin to describe all that it has to offer.
In addition to state-of-the-art laser combat, 18 North Central offers Cyber Sport, a game where the players drive cars while attempting to pass a ball and score. The venue also offers a snack bar and meeting rooms. Upstairs, banquet facilities can seat up to 250 people, and catering is available from an experienced, trained chef.
18 North Central is owned by Mike and Karen Moss, who run the business along with their sons Micah and Daniel. The Mosses are no strangers to entertainment and event planning, having spent years hosting special events at their farm in Hermann.
The venue has three meeting rooms available for rent, with the smallest holding 30-40 people, and the largest up to 70. That largest meeting space overlooks the Cyber Sport room.
Cyber Sport combines hockey, lacrosse and basketball, with something like joy-stick guided bumper cars thrown in for good measure – although bumping is not allowed. The sport is played in half-hour sessions of three games. “Cyber Sport is a high-energy event,” Karen Moss said. The game can also be set up for black-light play with special fluorescent balls.
The iCombat Laser Tag facility is in an adjacent two-story area of the building. The battleground looks like an Italian marketplace plaza on one end and a military base on the other. When gaming starts, the atmosphere is further charged by music, colored lights, spotlights, and a fog machine. The weapons look and sound very realistic, including the recoil. As the business’ brochure says, “This isn’t your little brother’s laser tag.”
The iCombat games require an eight-person minimum, but up to 20 can play during a 60-minute session. Players for both iCombat and Cyber Sport must be at least 14 years old.
The play areas and meeting rooms are served by Geno’s Gourmet Grub, which serves up wings and nachos, salads, burgers and hotdogs, wraps, and sandwiches.
Upstairs, the Loft Banquet Center offers a 4,000 square foot area for receptions, meetings, and other events. The space has built-in mood lighting and a bar.
Executive Chef Mike Lorenzo, who will be running the snack bar and catering service for The Loft, is a formally trained chef who worked at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton and spent three years in Sicily studying pastry and baking.
18 North Central is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
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Founder of open source laser tag system jailed for murder.
Three people were killed and one person was injured during a mass shooting at a house party in an affluent suburb near Seattle.
A shooter walked into a party 'full of his friends' in Mukilteo and fired around 20 bullets before he fled the scene just before 12.30am on Saturday. One of the victims is his ex-girlfriend.
Allen Ivanov, a 19-year-old incoming sophomore at the University of Washington, is in custody, Mukilteo Officer Myron Travis confirmed to Daily Mail Online.
Anna Bui, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner were killed in the shooting. They appear to have all been classmates of Ivanov's at Kamiak High School.
Ivanov is a computer science and engineering major, according to his LinkedIn page. He is also an engineer and founder of Skirmos, an open source laser tag system that allows users to 'imagine your favorite first-person video game in real life'.
A Kickstarter campaign raised more than $90,000 for the factory prototypes.
Ivanov was also currently working at the Genius Bar for an Apple store and had previously worked as a sales associate at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Laser tag enthusiasts gather at festival
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va.
Laser tag fanatics have descended on Caldwell Fields in Montgomery County for the third annual Appalachian Laser Tag Festival.
The event is hosted by the Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech. Some have traveled from out of state to join in the fun.
"If I get out, and my brain's engaged, and I'm actually having fun and being competitive, I mean, that's the kind of stuff I like to do," said Summer Walls, who has played laser tag as a hobby since joining a club for the activity when she was in college.
Walls has traveled from Charlotte, N.C. to camp out at this year's Appalachian Laser Tag Festival.
"We get to do different things - so VT hosts different games than my school, so we can learn from each other, make new friends," Walls said.
"I enjoy the team aspect of it," said Scott Farmer, who helped start the Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech about five years ago. "It's a great excuse to just get out and get out in the woods and enjoy the great outdoors."
Farmer said the club started the festival after being inspired by a group running a similar event in Oregon.
"This is just another opportunity to sort of share our joy and enthusiasm with the community," he said.
Laser tag players say knowing your environment, using good teamwork and remembering to take aim are some important strategies for the game.
"It's not just the only thing I do to get outside," said Russell Harvey, who is attending the event from Greensboro, N.C. "I play competitive sports, but I don't think that one has to feel limited to that. Fun is fun."
Various kinds of laser tag games are played at all times of the day during the festival, Farmer said.
People attending the festival say no matter your age or skill level, laser tag is an activity anyone can enjoy.
"It's not hard to get into at all," Walls said. "Just come out - everybody's always really nice, and you'll find a game style that is really exciting for you."
The laser tag festival continues at Caldwell Fields through Sunday. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but anyone under age 18 must have a parent on-site during the festival.
Attendees can camp out at Caldwell Fields during the festival for a suggested $5 donation to help cover the cost of renting the field space.
Actual Factual Gwinnett: Bowling, laser tag and food coming to Suwanee (GA)
Get dem bowling shoes ready, folks.
Reader Kamaria writes: "What are they building behind the new McDonald's and Starbucks on Lawrenceville-Suwanee in Suwanee?"
Actual Factual Gwinnett: Bowling, laser tag and food coming to Suwanee photo Actual Factual Gwinnett: Bowling, laser tag and food coming to Suwanee Love your name, Kamaria. And your question, too.
I'm assuming you're talking about the big ol' building on Northolt Parkway, just off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road near the Lowe's, that's currently just a huge chunk of concrete (see photo).
Well, that huge chunk of concrete will eventually be home to Gwinnett's very first Main Event Entertainment location — an "eatertainment" spot that comes complete with bowling, multi-level laser tag, arcade games, billiards, a couple restaurants and a bar. A different kind of Dave & Buster's, basically. Other offerings like "gravity ropes" (whatever they are), rock climbing, mini golf, karaoke (!) and ziplining are also available at "select locations."
Check out photos of what the typical Main Event Entertainment spot looks like in the gallery at the top of the page.
D&B similarities or not, Main Event bills itself as the "fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center in America," and it has semi-recently opened venues in Alpharetta and "Atlanta" (just ITP on Cobb Parkway). Its locations across the country (Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee) range from a whopping 48,000 square feet to an even more whopping 75,000 square feet.
According to info on the city of Suwanee's website, the new Suwanee location will fall in the neighborhood of 50,000.
I've tried my darnedest but, as of Friday morning, haven't been able to get anyone to share a possible opening date. Judging by the building's current state, it may be a little while yet — but they're at least far enough along for Main Event to put job listings on its website.
You, Kamaria, could be an "hourly employee" or a "technician" or a "field manager" — as long as you don't have "flamboyant" hair or "visible tattoos."
Oh, and on a semi-related note: Check out this map the city of Suwanee made showing a few other projects going on around town.
'Motivational biker chick' plans to open laser tag facility (CO)
Self-described biker chick and motivational speaker Kimberly Ann Ertle-Clark is walking in faith on a mission to fill a need in northeastern Colorado by giving youth, families and friends a safe place to make memories they will never forget. She hopes to fill that need with a new laser tag operation in Sterling, Tremendous Laser Tag.
"This mission I'm on is to make a difference on this earth," said Ertle-Clark, the author of "How to Make a Difference in Your Life in 40 Days" and the founder of Generation Good Respect, which stands against bullying, verbal abuse, drug abuse and disrespect.
The idea for a laser tag business came when she played with her son, Alex, at a facility in Loveland, about a year ago.
"I forgot about all of my problems, it was just so much fun. It was a pure joy that I feel everyone deserves to have in their lives," Ertle-Clark said.
As she seeks to make her vision a reality she wants to prove "that everyone can make a difference in their life in 40 days." Following that guideline, she spent the first 40 days of her new adventure talking to people about her vision; the second 40 days finding individuals who would be able to help her come up with drawings for what the facility will look like and do the building of the attraction; and the third 40 days working on how to raise the money to build it. Now she is spending 40 days "walking in faith that the funds are going to come about from someone who has the same desire to make a difference on this earth."
At this point she already has plans in place, a drawing showing the layout of the facility, as well as a logo and name for the business.
The two-story facility will have a futuristic year 3000 look, with a laser maze and soft play area, similar to what McDonald's has, that will be big enough for adults and children to crawl around in and have lots of fun. There will also be a pizzeria and a coffee shop.
People will be able to work on their computers at the facility and parents will be able to bring their youth there for birthday parties and social events. Ertle-Clark noted they plan on offering laser arena tournaments, hopefully drawing people from the Front Range.
"This business is going to benefit Sterling all around — the businesses, restaurants, hotels — and it's going to bring people who are passing by on the interstate to spend time in Sterling on the way to their destinations... it's going to bring revenue into town," she said, adding that this will be "an attraction that people will never forget."
Employees at the business will be called "encouragers" and everyone who comes in will have to sign the "CODE OF RESPECT," stating they will say good things, think good things and treat people good; they won't lie, cheat or steal; they won't use bad language; they will respect themselves and others; and they will forgive and ask for forgiveness.
"My main goal is that this 'CODE OF RESPECT' is going to spread across the United States. It's so simple and so true to follow to have your life be on a good path," Ertle-Clark said.
The facility will also have an "encouraging room" filled with brochures, positive information and a computer, where the employees will be able to encourage any individual who may be struggling with drug addiction or depression, to get a brochure with a phone number — "someone they would be able to talk to help them get on a good path for life."
As she seeks to make her vision a reality she has developed a dream board with quotes that encourage her to keep going: "Dream the impossible, seek the unknown" and Matthew 7:7, "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened for you."
"I truly believe this is God-led," Ertle-Clark said.
When the business is up and running, she hopes to raise money for scholarships, have programs for the handicapped and to bring activities for youth.
"It's going to be a great location for northeastern Colorado, but it's going to be so much more. It's going to give back to the community and to every person that donates and comes to experience this," Ertle-Clark said. "It is going to come full circle. I truly believe the goodness you put out to the world, it comes back to you one way or another in life and I want our youth to see by being good to one another how it brings good back to their lives."
She would like to thank her son, Alex, for the inspiration and telling her she can do anything she puts her mind to; her husband Mike and father Larry for their support; as well as her cousins, Shelly Olson, who will serve as assistant manager for the business, and Gary Young Jr., who will serve as manager/tech adviser. She also gives thanks to all the people that have given her advice, support and direction to get this project up and running.
For more information, visit tremendouslasertag.com or call 970-526-1101. Donations can be sent to Tremendous Laser Tag, P.O. Box 1101, Sterling, CO 80751.
Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. closes land purchase for new location opening late 2017 in Amarill
DALLAS, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. announced today that it has closed on the purchase of 10.14 acres of land from the Williams Group in the new development of Town Square Village at 9200 Cinergy Square, Amarillo, TX 79119, near the intersection of Soncy and Hillside in fast growing southwest portion of the city. Plans call for the 90,000 square foot entertainment complex to begin construction in late 2016 pending city permitting and open late 2017.
Cinergy Entertainment will boast 10 state-of-the-art auditoriums, 16 lanes of upscale bowling with sophisticated design and seating, a full-service bar, 4 billiard tables, a fully-loaded game floor with more than 110 interactive games, redemption store, premium dining options, a multi-level Laser Tag arena, Sky Walker with a zip line (a gravity-defying, black light overhead ropes course), and multiple event rooms. Auditoriums will showcase large wall-to-wall screens, enhanced JBL sound, and luxury spacious electric recliner seating with swivel trays. The new Amarillo complex will feature Cinergy's premium large-format auditorium, EPIC "Experience Perfection in Cinema". The EPIC auditorium was developed to provide an amazing large-screen experience using the most advanced technology and techniques available. EPIC is the ultimate in movie immersion and comfort. Featuring a massive 64' x 35' silver screen, Dolby Atmos® sound system with over 62 channels, stunning clarity, bright digital images utilizing a 4K projection system, ultra-plush electric leather recliner seating, and the newest movies every week, you'll be lifted from your seat and taken straight into the movie.
All auditoriums will feature the Order Commander seat-side ordering system, recliner seating with swivel tray and six and a half feet of space between rows for maximum comfort making the dine-in theatre experience that much better. "This new location will exceed our guest's expectations by offering their favorite amenities, and going beyond with new thrilling enhancements. The Order Commander seat-side ordering system allows our guests to place their order at their seat and their food and beverage is discretely delivered. The experience will be one-of-a-kind, this is the future of in-theatre dining," states Jeffrey Benson, Cinergy's CEO. Cinergy Entertainment Group will be the first cinema chain in the country to premier the seat side ordering system, beginning with the Odessa location opening this fall. Not only will guests be able to order at their seat in the auditorium, they can also order in the game room and bowling lanes on tablet PC's.
"In the bowling industry, this (laser tag) is becoming the norm,"
DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP, PA Today's bowling alley is not necessarily your grandfather's bowling alley.
Renee Talkington, owner of Jay Lanes Bowling Center in Douglass Township, Berks County, said there is a change in the industry.
"Many bowling alleys are getting away from being focused on bowling leagues to becoming fun entertainment centers," Talkington said.
Talkington recently added an entirely new feature to Jay Lanes Bowling Center: TNT Laser Tag. "In the bowling industry, this (laser tag) is becoming the norm," she said.
Talkington discovered the trend when she and her husband, Chuck, started attending bowling conventions.
"Those conventions present opportunities for bowling alleys to expand into new areas," she said. Former retail space
TNT Laser Tag was built in a 2,800-square-foot former retail space, which was transformed into a medieval-themed maze.
Players get to wear Ghostbuster-type vests as they weave around dragons and mazes, trying to avoid opponents. The atmosphere is made authentic with the aid of a fog machine.
Players score points by shooting laser targets on the maze walls and targets on other player's vests. The laser tag is just the latest upgrade to Jay Lanes since Talkington purchased the facility in 2012. "I was bowling here on Friday nights on the same team as the previous owner," she said. "He confided that he didn't want to do this anymore."
As she thought about making an offer on the assets of the business and the actual building, Talkington said, she saw the potential as she talked to other bowlers to find out what they wanted. "Everyone's complaint was that there wasn't enough food," she said.
Snack bar, kitchen upgrade So the first course of action after taking ownership of the property was to build a snack bar and to upgrade the kitchen in the adjacent tavern, which is now known as Talk's Tavern.
After Elite Salon moved from another adjacent space in the shopping center in late 2014, the decision was made to create the laser tag experience.
Talkington said the retail space was gutted, and a company specializing in constructing laser tag mazes was brought in to build the attraction.
The total cost to create the laser tag was about $145,000.It opened on May 6. "It has done very well since we opened, and we see everyone from kids to grandparents playing," Talkington said.
The laser tag costs $5 for a 10-minute game Mondays through Thursdays, and $7 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Before entering the laser arena, players gather in the briefing room, where they are fitted with a vest and receive instructions on how to use the phasers to get the most points.
"It's great fun for the bowlers, who will often bowl and then do the laser tag," Renee Talkington said. In her effort to create a family fun center, Talkington said her next step is to upgrade the arcade games in the bowling alley.
Party packages for bowling or laser tag are available. Talkington said the laser tag is a great addition for the greater Pottstown area, as the closest laser tag facilities are in Wyomissing and in Oaks.
"I just get goose bumps when I hear the families coming out of the arena, laughing," she said. "This really reignited the fun for me, just as when I had first bought the bowling alley."
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Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. announces their new location opening in Tyler, Texas late 2017
DALLAS, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc. announces their newest entertainment center coming to Tyler, TX located at South Broadway and Market Square Blvd. in The Village South shopping center, a neighboring project to The Village at Cumberland Park.
"We're very excited to be opening a bowling and entertainment center here in the Tyler area," states Jamie Benson, Cinergy's co-founder and Executive Vice President. "We cannot wait for to the community to enjoy what Cinergy has to offer."
"This will be the fourth Cinergy Entertainment location in Texas, with the third location opening in Odessa, TX this fall," states Jeffrey Benson, Cinergy's co-founder and CEO. "With Cinergy's multi-venue entertainment components our concept is always expanding, this location will be our first in which we are specifically focused on bowling and family entertainment. With Studio Movie Grill across the street we hope to complement each other and become the premium entertainment destination for the area."
Cinergy Entertainment in Tyler will boast more than 20 bowling lanes of upscale glow in the dark bowling, a full-service bar, expansive dining options with a chef-driven menu, multiple event rooms, billiard tables, a fully-loaded game floor, redemption store, a multi-level Laser Tag arena, and Sky Walker with a zip line (a gravity-defying, black light overhead ropes course).
Cinergy Entertainment will open their third location this fall in Odessa, TX and another entertainment center in Amarillo, TX in late 2017. Jeffrey Benson, Cinergy Entertainment CEO is working with Neil Hupfauer, President and COO, to grow the Cinergy concept and expand into new markets. Mr. Hupfauer co-founded Main Event Entertainment, the very successful multi-venue bowling-anchored family entertainment business and has an extensive business background in the bowling, restaurant, and family entertainment industry spanning more than 45 years. "Tyler is the perfect community for a family entertainment center, the area has dense family demographics with strong economic stability, we can't think of a better place to open our family entertainment center," states Neil Hupfauer.
Dallas, Texas-based Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc., is a visionary industry innovator and regional operator with three Texas cinema entertainment centers with 29 screens by the end of 2016. All Cinergy current centers feature dine-in cinemas featuring beer, wine, and a tempting array of quality food and beverages. In addition to upscale cinema amenities, all Cinergy locations feature a unique selection of interactive games and a variety of other amenities, including laser tag, and Sky Walker. Cinergy is privately held by the Benson family, the founders of Movie Tavern, the largest nationwide chain of dine-in cinemas. For more information, visit Cinergy on the web at www.cinergyentertainment.com
Laser tag business plans 2017 opening (CO)
She is taking lessons from her own book and visualizing a new enterprise in Sterling in a few months.
Almost one year ago, Kimberly Ertle-Clark announced she was starting a foundation called “Generation Good Respect.”
She said she started the foundation and offering her-self as a motivational speaker because she feels her assign-ment is to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
She is also the author of the book “How To Make a Difference in your Life in 40 Days.”
She is working on developing a new attraction in Sterling, one that is positive and entertaining. “Tremendous Laser Tag” is scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2017. It will be a facility with a laser-tag arena, an arcade, coffee bar, and Chicago-style pizza, and a type of Internet café. She stresses the facility will be a positive environment for young people and adults.
She envisions laser tag tournaments in cooperation with regional laser tag locations. Tremendous Laser Tag will have a “Year 3000” theme with gemstones, and decorations of a futuristic flavor.
She got the idea of laser tag after visiting a laser tag business in Loveland with her son. She said she had fun and let go of the stresses while playing laser tag. She said that even while being a motivational speaker, the stress of life can be consuming. Games like laser tag help release the stress.
“This brought true joy to my life,” she said.
Taking the experience to a business plan requires applying concepts she promotes in her book. In the first 40 days, she talked with people about a laser tag facility in Sterling. In the second 40 days, she was more positive, telling people when she planned to open it.
“I am going to open a laser tag business,” she said. “There is no maybe.”
She stays in contact with Loveland Laser Tag. She says the owner was able to guide her to a group of people in the business, but most importantly were the people from Sterling that helped her draw up plans.
“I believe all things are possible,” she said.
In the third 40 days, she is figuring out how to walk in faith that other people will share in the vision and support the business. She envisions funding the project with a type of crowd-funding effort.
The mission of Tremendous Laser Tag is to “fill a need in Northeastern Colorado by giving youth, families, and friends a safe place to experience memories,” according to information provided by Ertle-Clark. Tremendous Laser Tag will stand by a Code Of Respect, which includes encouraging and guiding this generation to make good decisions for their future.
The Code of Respect includes: Say Good Things, Think Good Things, and Treat People Good; Do Not Lie, Cheat or Steal; No Bad Language; Respect Yourself and Others; and Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness.
Ertle-Clark has plans drawn for the future business. The next challenge is the funding and location. She says there are several potential locations in Sterling.
Kimberly Ann Ertle-Clark is the manager of Tremendous laser Tag with Shelly Olson as assistant manager, and Gary Young Jr. as manager/tech advisor. She also credits her husband Mike, son Alex, and father Larry for supporting her in the plan.
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New Tyler entertainment venue to feature laser tag, zip lining (TX)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A new Tyler entertainment venue is set to feature bowling, billiards, laser tag and zip lining.
The center is set to open in late 2017 in The Village South shopping center on South Broadway Avenue in Tyler, according to Cinergy Entertainment Group, Inc.
"We're very excited to be opening a bowling and entertainment center here in the Tyler area," said Jamie Benson, Cinergy's co-founder and Executive Vice President. "We cannot wait for to the community to enjoy what Cinergy has to offer."
The venue will be the company's fourth entertainment location in the state, Cinergy Co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Benson said. The group plans to open other locations in Amarillo and Odessa late next year.
"With Cinergy's multi-venue entertainment components our concept is always expanding, this location will be our first in which we are specifically focused on bowling and family entertainment. With Studio Movie Grill across the street, we hope to complement each other and become the premium entertainment destination for the area," Jeffrey Benson said.
The Tyler location will have more than 20 bowling lanes and offer glow-in-the-dark bowling. It will include a full-service bar, dining options with a chef-driven menu, multiple event rooms, billiard tables, a game floor, a redemption store, a Laser Tag arena, and Sky Walker with a zip line. Cinergy said the zip line course will feature "a gravity-defying, black light overhead ropes course."
"Tyler is the perfect community for a family entertainment center, the area has dense family demographics with strong economic stability, we can't think of a better place to open our family entertainment center," said President and COO Neil Hupfauer.
The Dallas-based company is privately owned by the Benson family, founders of Movie Tavern.
Laser tag gaming site re-opens in Peterborough a year after being forced to close (UK)
A laser tag site in Thorney has re-opened a year after having to shut due to complaints over the noise it generated.
Battlefield Live is now operating at French Drove after a bitter dispute which led to police being called to a Peterborough City Council planning meeting to reports of violence.
That meeting in March saw approval given to owners Nigel and Graham Simons to commence trading on land slightly further away from the previous site, and with a 2m wall and mature hedging to limit the noise intrusion.
The owners said: “We are incredibly pleased to be open for business again and send out a huge thank you to all the local people who supported us and helped promote our cause.
“Battlefield Live is unique in that it offers an outdoor activity for the computer generation that is fully inclusive and can be enjoyed by all the family. There are no other similar activities within a 50 mile radius of Peterborough and we offer a fantastic, fun gaming experience for everyone.
“The equipment we use is based on an infared system which is eye safe, incredibly accurate with red dot scope technology, and safe to play. The concept is very similar to paintball but without the pellets, projectiles or need to wear heavy protective equipment.
“We like to offer a great experience in a safe environment with one simple price. Players have their games marshalled by our trained staff, kit up in combat gear with camouflage face paint, and have a fantastic time in the fresh air.”
Battlefield Live had initially run on a temporary planning permission of two years before being told to close down due to noise.
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First-of-its-kind indoor video game park opens in Dubai
Dubai: You don’t have to be a gaming enthusiast to hit Hub Zero, the newest fun place in town. Launched last Wednesday, the region’s first “immersive” gaming park has so much to offer it can keep anyone engaged – from pros and newbies to in- and go-betweens alike.
Spread over two floors covering 15,000 square metres, the sprawling facility has 18 attractions, with each realm of virtual reality offering a different interactive experience shaped around some of the world’s most popular video games.
Giving XPRESS an exclusive tour of the gaming park, Hub Zero general manager Jean Marc Bled said, “The innovative experiences have been created in partnership with leading game developers, including Electronic Arts, Capcom, KONAMI, Microsoft and Square Enix. People of all ages can live the games and become totally immersed in a vibrant and dynamic environment.”
Bled said the attractions include large laser tag areas, interactive dark rides, a virtual cave, high-tech driving simulators, a double laser maze, soccer simulator, 3D immersion tunnel, 4D cinema, a thrill robot coaster and high speed rotating ride with zero gravity effect. There’s also a large indoor adventure climbing zone, a LAN gaming area with 70 stations including eight private suites, besides pool/billiard tables, six private karaoke rooms, a retro arcade and cafes.
Some games are clearly not for the faint-hearted and you can expect intense gameplay, loud noises, explosions, simulated gunfire, strobe and fire effects.
Highlights at Hub Zero
1. Gears of War: Laser Siege
The large themed laser tag / laser quest from Microsoft has interactive media targets. Twenty-four guests can play 15 minutes of intense close battles in teams of six, eight or 12.
2. Battlefield: Armoured Assault
A dark ride with five vehicles from Electronic Arts, it can accommodate five guests at a time. It is equipped with laser guns and 3D glasses, where riders shoot their way through five different battlefield scenes that have physical targets and a point scoring challenge.
3.Dragon Age: Flight of the Wardens
A Robocoaster ride from Electronics Arts, it can accommodate four guests at a time on a giant robotic arm with 360-degree and three-axis movements. Media is projected on a large curved screen
4. Plants vs. Zombies
A kids and toddler’s themed playground, also from Electronics Arts, it includes a free standing, self-contained two-tiered soft play where kids traverse different levels and find the nooks and crannies. Expect interactive blasters, vacuums and cannon where children can shoot foam balls at targets or at each other.
5. Asura’s Wrath: The Awakening
This 4D cinema from Capcom has 46 regular seats with space for wheelchairs too. A 3D movie is played in 3D with four synchronized special effects. The experience is enhanced through 4D seats, leg ticklers, seat vibration, water spritzer, air blast/wind and bass sound effects.
6. Resident Evil: Outbreak
Also a product of Capcom, this interactive 3D dark ride entails a virtual battle game experience. Riders are equipped with laser guns and special goggles and must move through six scenes with physical targets.The game also involves point scoring challenges.
7. PES Sports Academy
This attraction from KONAMI has PES game stations and two multi-sport simulators. Players can engage in a 12-minute PES tournament, where they can push their ball sport skills with the latest Kinect software.
8. Virtual Arena
The only wireless VR experience in the world, this is a completely immersive experience in purpose built arenas for freedom of movement and complete control. The aim is to kill as many zombies as possible.
9. Final Fantasy: Escape from Midgar
A 3D immersion tunnel from Square Enix, this attraction has riders join main characters in their escape from Midgar. The ride features an omni-directional motion platform with 30 seats. The AV system is on a curved screen with five sets of 3D media projectors.
10. Hyper Drive
A homegrown brand, the Double Agent attraction is a double laser maze where agile guests must race against time to reach the target without breaking the laser beam.
11. Tiny Track Racers
This toddler’s karting experience, designed by Hub Zero, requires kids to race cars equipped with steering wheels and monitors. There are other attractions too here.
12. Hero Zone
This is adventure climbing secured with harnesses and includes eight activities such as high rope course, face to face climbing wall, stairway to heaven and leap of faith.
13. Network Arena
The LAN Gaming area has a dedicated high speed internet connection which provides the latest gaming experience with minimal latency. You can sit in anyof the 70 stations and play with anyone anywhere in the world. There are eight private booths too.
14. Lucky Break
This is a posh pool palace with 10 billiard tables of tournament sizes. An adjacent café makes it the perfect place to chill out.
This includes six private karaoke suites with recording devices. Each room can accommodate six-eight people. Offers food services too.
16. Time Warp Arcade
This is a retro arcade for a trip down memory lane. It has a selection of 55 games, including classics such as Pack-man, Space Invaders and Frogger. It also hoses pinball machines and table-top games.
17. Double Agent
This is a Hub Zero developed double laser maze with two tunnels. The challenge is to slide, jump or slip through the laser lit maze without hitting the beams to get to the other side of the room.
18. Hack Attack
A Hub Zero product, this entails a futuristic universe wherein three players can simultaneously play the same video game, targeting robots in 3D experience.
Ticket prices?Top up cards: Pay as you go along. Ride rates range from Dh5 to Dh50.?Passes (coming soon): Dh160 for recruit pass (one access to ?14 attractions on ground floor)?Dh210 for master pass ?(unlimited access to 14 attractions on ground floor)?Dh260 for hacker pass (unlimited access in VIP category)
Laser X to reopen 8 months after fire
A local laser tag center is ready for its resurrection eight months after a fire burned the recreation center down to its concrete foundation. Officials believe a faulty lighting fixture touched off the blaze.
Lazer X, 244 Fernhill Ave., will open to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters and first responders were invited Wednesday and Thursday to experience the updated facility, which cost almost $2 million to rebuild and outfit. The new design includes a four-story laser tag arena.
"We want to think them for responding so quickly and keeping everybody safe," manager Tim Kintz said. "We're opening up so they can come and have some fun."
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 15.
"Lazer X appreciates all the support of the community and we are so grateful for the patience everyone has shown us the past few months," the operators said in a news release. "The management and crew are looking forward to serving the community again."
The Journal Gazette
More family fun: Laser tag arena opens at Foothills Mall (TN)
Visitors to Foothills Mall in Maryville have probably noticed the newest business to locate there — a family-owned laser tag arena that owner Jonnie Shumate hopes will draw in all ages.
Shumate and his wife Tabitha unveiled Foothills Laser Tag on Father’s Day, the perfect opening day for a business operated by a couple with four children. Shumate said business was good that day, and it’s been steady ever since.
The location is next to Finish Line and across from Chick-fil-A and Vitamin World.
The Shumates live in nearby Cleveland, in Bradley County, where they already own and operate a laser tag arena, also in a mall. It was almost by chance that the husband and wife team chose Maryville as its next destination.
“We were driving this way to take the scenic route to Pigeon Forge,” Shumate said. They stopped at a restaurant near the mall. Tabitha, the shopper, eyed Foothills Mall. “A month later, we were talking about a new location and she mentioned this mall,” he said. They talked to mall officials and, weeks later, were working on moving in. “It just felt right,” Shumate said.
3,000 square feet of fun
The front reception area doesn’t give away what’s behind its doors. There are 3,000 square feet that Shumate has designed as an arena where both children and adults can test out their laser firing skills. Before entering the arena, staff members go over the rules of the game. Each player is equipped with a vest that has targets on the front, back and shoulders. The phazers, or laser weapons, are also targets. Each game lasts for 10 minutes. The experience is painless, because there is no physical contact. There is enough room for 14 players at a time, Shumate said. They enter the dark arena filled with places to hide and painted obstacles that glow under black lights. Then, competition begins.
On this day, a mom and her four children tested out their skills. A group of children in the summer program at Alcoa Elementary School came for a morning of fun as well.
What Maryville needed
Shumate said most people who have discovered Foothills Laser Tag have the same response. “This is what Foothills needs,” they have told the business owners. “There is nothing like this here,” others remark. Indeed, there is no other laser tag area in Blount County. The closest ones are in Knoxville and Pigeon Forge.
It seems the goal of this being a family place is becoming a reality. Several shoppers walking the mall took notice of what’s going on here.
“We have as many adults as children who come and play,” Shumate said. “This is something that you can do together.”
The youngest person to participate was only 3. The oldest, a man who was 101, played at the Shumates’ arena in Cleveland, wheelchair style.
This business owner said he loves the game, as do his own children, who were there on a day last week to demonstrate what it takes. Paul, Jade, Esther and Neenah wasted no time getting into position and tracking one another.
Foothills Laser Tag is open seven days a week, during mall hours. There are group rates and specials during the week. Regular price for a game is $6 or five games for $25.
There will be a room at the back of the arena where parties can be hosted. It will be open soon. But this isn’t the only space at Foothills Mall that the Shumates are developing. Sometime in August they will have a state-of-the-art arcade with bounce houses and a party room. It will be in the former Hibbett’s location.
In addition to families getting excited about the laser tag arena, Shumate said he also offers it as a team-building exercise for businesses.
Choosing Foothills Mall for its latest location has been a good fit, this couple believes. Traffic at the mall has already increased since the movie theater relocated there. Now, Shumate said, there is one more reason for plenty of people both young and old to come.
Jay Lanes Bowling opens TNT Laser Tag (Phoenix)
Douglass (Berks) >> Renee Talkington grew up at Jay Lanes Bowling on Ben Franklin Highway in Douglass (Berks). Not literally of course, but the Pottstown native has been bowling at the center since she was 8-years-old.
In May, 2012, Talkington and her husband Chuck took over operations of the bowling alley and completed the purchase of the nearly 28,000-square-foot strip mall in October of that year. A snack bar was quickly added, and Talkington said both league and open bowling have grown.
In May, the center expanded to offer an additional family entertainment component — TNT Laser Tag.
“There are bowling centers and family fun entertainment centers,” said Talkington. “So we thought it would be fun — if we could turn this into a smaller version of a family fun center so families could come and have a good time. And laser tag is for families of any age.”
Advertisement In laser tag, competitors suit up with vests and phasers, and after a briefing enter the competition arena — in this case medieval-themed — complete with a fire breathing dragon. The game, which lasts about eight minutes, is played in the dark, with blacklights to provide some illumination and fog for effect.
The goal? To “deactivate” opposing players by firing a phaser — scoring the most points — before being “deactivated” by an opposing player.
“I had never played laser tag until I got it here. When I saw the different ages playing — adults and youth — it’s amazing. I didn’t get it until I saw it with my own two eyes,” she said.
Talkington said that when Elite Salon and Spa closed in November 2014, the idea came up about expanding into that empty space.
“We were tossing it around, and then we decided it was a good idea to have control of the space. And if we could make revenue that would equate to what we would make in rent we would be better off,” she said.
The final decision was made and a contract signed in October 2015. The arena was built in January by a company called Creative Works. Talkington said the arena construction typically takes six months.
“We lucked out with that. The only reason that went in so early was that someone had ordered the medieval theme, had put down a deposit and then walked away. So we got it cheaper and sooner.”
Once all the township approvals were complete, the arena was installed and the vests and phasers arrived in early May, provided by Zone Laser Tag.
Talkington said that in addition to the arena, the walls in the competition room were painted in the same medieval theme.
“Usually it’s a stencil painting. But the painter — a former Disney painter — freehand painted the walls in the laser tag. He started in a corner, and just went from there, painting all around. It only took him 2½ days,” she added.
The total cost for the project was about $145,000, and Talkington expects to recoup her investment within two years.
Talkington said she used to bowl on Friday nights with the former owner, and when the topic came up about a possible sale, she thought it would be a good purchase. She and her husband already own about 14 properties.
“I was not an employee here before we bought. I was just an old bowler,” Talkington said. “You kind of get away from it when you’re in your twenties, then you come full circle and start bowling again. I was married with children and it was my one night out a week with friends — for me — that I had fun.”
The biggest challenge when they purchased the property, she said, was understanding the mechanics of the machinery in the bowling alley.
“There were a lot of things behind the scenes I didn’t know. But the mechanics of the machinery — I had no idea, no clue how expensive some of that stuff was to replace,” she said.
She said she was fortunate, because the former owner’s son, Brian Satkowski, stayed on, as did many of the employees. Satkowski is currently the general manager of Jay Lanes Bowling.
Talkington has a degree in accounting from Villanova University, and had worked with Kravco, a private real estate developer and property management company and the former owner of King of Prussia Mall. She no longer works for the company full-time, but still does some consulting for Kravco. Chuck Talkington manages the couple’s properties. The couple lives in Gilbertsville.
Talkington said she truly loves what she’s doing.
“For the first couple of years, I would sit at the counter and listen to the laughter. You talk about gratitude and appreciation — you have it when you listen to that. I would sit there and get goose bumps — I loved it,” she said, adding that she’s been experiencing that all over again with the laser tag. “When we opened the laser tag, the first couple of families that came out said, ‘Oh my gosh — that’s so much fun — we’re coming back,’ and I got those goosebumps back again.”
TNT Laser Tag and Jay Lanes Bowling is located at 1428 Ben Franklin Highway. For more information call 610-323-2434
The Phoenix Reporter
Stars and Strikes host grand opening Saturday (GA)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The newest family attraction in the Fountain City hosted its grand opening on Saturday morning.
Stars and Strikes opened their first location outside of the Metro Atlanta area in North Columbus.
The Family Entertainment Center now shares a parking lot with another recently opened family attraction, Launch Trampoline Park.
Stars and Strikes truly has something for all age groups to enjoy.
"Pretty much anything with the kids it is the laser tag and the arcade, for the adults it is the bar and the bowling, so a little bit of something for everybody," said Scott Harris, the Corporate Marketing Director for Stars and Strikes.
And these are not just your average attractions, the arcade features 85 different games, the bowling area houses 30 lanes complete with a VIP Section, and the laser tag course is two floors and can hold up to 40 people.
For their grand opening Stars and Strikes rolled out some special prices, "For our grand opening today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. we are going to feature, $1 bowling, buy one get one free arcade, buy one get one free laser tag, and buy one get one free bumper cars," said Sales Manager Shonte Washington.
Stars and Strikes will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
WTVM News Story
Main Event Entertainment to open next week (NM)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque, it’s time for the Main Event.
Main Event Entertainment — a Dallas-based chain of “eat-bowl-play” venues — will open its new Albuquerque location to the public on Tuesday afternoon, following months of construction on what had been a vacant lot alongside Pan American Freeway, near Comanche.
The new 50,000-square-foot entertainment emporium marks location No. 27 for the company. It’s one of 11 centers set to open this year, and part of a big expansion push Main Event is making across the Sun Belt and into the Southwestern U.S., District Manager Steve Jackson said.
“Albuquerque seemed to us to have a need for more family entertainment options and from all indications we’ve gotten so far, people are excited we’re here,” Jackson said Wednesday on a pre-opening tour of the building.
Main Event joins a sea of chains that have converged on Albuquerque in the last two years. That includes Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant-bar-arcade now at Winrock Town Center; plus Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Cheesecake Factory and LongHorn Steakhouse. Jackson noted that the market has a reputation for high-performing restaurants.
“Things do well here from what I’ve seen,” he said, addressing the recent influx. “(If not), Cheesecake wouldn’t be coming here; we wouldn’t be coming here.”
Main Event’s Albuquerque site boasts 22 bowling lanes, 110 interactive and video games, a two-story laser tag arena, a “gravity ropes course” suspended above the arcade and more than 100 TV screens. It has a full-service kitchen with a diverse menu (the range goes from pizza and salads to chicken and waffles) and a full bar.
The company hired 202 people from about 3,000 applicants to staff the venue; Jackson estimated about half are younger than 21.
Main Event hosts a variety of group events, but Jackson said most of the business comes from walk-in traffic. The average guest spends between two to four hours inside, he said.
An hour of bowling for up to six people starts at $22, though Jackson said most guests will buy some kind of package. The current summer fun pass includes unlimited bowling, laser tag, billiards and gravity ropes and runs $9.95-$17.95, depending on the time of day.
5 Awesomely Weird First Date Ideas That Aren’t ‘Getting Drinks’
If you want to get competitive, play laser tag.
I've always said that the man who takes me to laser tag on our first date will be the man I marry.
A game of laser tag tells you so much about the person you're with. Are they going to corner you and shoot you without mercy? Are they going to let you get away? Are they going to betray your location to everyone else on their team?
Also, laser tag always gets super hot and sweaty. Perfect for peeling each other's clothes off later.
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A Carmichael favorite is returning (CA)
About a year after its future dimmed, a local laser tag business is getting ready to shine again.
Lasertag of Carmichael closed its location at 6031 Fair Oaks Blvd. last May. At the time, owner Sean Lively said a new owner's plans for the retail center didn't give him the opportunity to sufficiently expand his facility's size. Lively wanted a larger space, and started a crowdfunding campaign to relocate his business.
Now, Lasertag of Carmichael is reopening with more space — in the same retail center it occupied last year.
Lively said he reached an agreement with the center's owner and Lasertag of Carmichael will return to its previous space, where the business will grow from 10,000 to 14,000 square feet. It will also be extensively remodeled, according to Lively. Lasertag of Carmichael is expected to reopen within a month, though not all of the expanded space will immediately be available.
The space has housed a variety of laser tag incarnations since 1997.
Wenmat Fitness previously owned the Carmichael center that includes the laser tag business. In 2014, a franchisee for Fitness Evolution bought the entire center, which was previously composed mainly of Wenmat facilities. A Fitness Evolution gym replaced the center's former Signature Athletic Club.
Chester ZBA To Review Chamber Sign, Laser Tag (NY)
CHESTERTOWN—Decisions made by Chester zoning administrator Walter Tennyson in regard to the approval of site plan permit for a “laser tag entertainment center” in the hamlet of Chestertown will be appealed before the Chester Zoning Board of Appeals at their next meeting on April 26.
The hearings will open at 7 p.m. At the town municipal center on Route 9 in Chestertown.
Also on the agenda is an application for a use variance for the North Warren Chamber of Commerce to erect an illuminated sign to display community events on property located at Dynamite Hill Road and an application for a 27 foot frontline setback variance requested by Arnold and Nancy Berlin in order to construct a two car garage at 14 Loon Lake Heights Road, Chestertown.
The chamber had obtained previous area variance approval for the sign but had represented the lettering color of the sign would be blue. http://www.townofchesterny.org/uploads/2/6/1/3/26133319/minutes_-_zoning_board_of_appeals_-_august_06_2015_f_.pdf
Thereafter, the zoning administrator advised the chamber that a use variance would be required due to “moving lights and the text color of the illuminated sign” as the sign as it now appears does not contain blue text but rather red, green and yellow.
Additionally, flashing lights on signs are prohibited under the the town’s zoning law.
laser gunsIn February, the Chester Planning Board gave conditional approval to the military-style laser tag project proposed by Salvatore Tirone at the rear of the Deer Crossing Cafe on Route 9, Chestertown, next to the State Police station, utilizing two separate parcels for the business. Tirone doesn’t own either parcel.
However, alleged errors by the town zoning administrator Walter Tennyson could void that approval and the application.
One major issue is that the application significantly changed from the original site plan review application submitted in October, 2015, and as advertised and as presented to adjoining property owners. Such changes required the resubmission of the application to Warren County after changes were made during the review process according to General Municipal Law.
However, Tennyson failed to make the determination that significant, substantial changes had been made to the application and failed to resubmit to the county for review.
There were significant and major changes made to the application AFTER the application was advertised for public hearing on Dec. 21, 2015 and after the hearing was conducted and adjacent property owners notified. These changes were not submitted to the county planning board for review as required nor were adjoining property owners given notice as required of the substantial changes made. Property owners were only given notice on or about Dec. 2, 2015, of the original application.
The original application stated there would be no structures, no fencing and did not address parking. New or additional information including fencing, parking, maximum number of participants, SEQRA review and addition of a structure/accessory use was added on or about Jan. 27, nearly two months AFTER the proposal was submitted for county review in November, 2015, and AFTER the public hearing had been closed, denying the public the right to be heard.
The Warren County Planning Department review of Nov. 23, 2015, was based on the information submitted prior to Nov. 23, 2015. General Municipal Law 239-m requires that the significant changes made to the Tirone application AFTER the original submission of Oct. 31, 2015, and county planning board review of Nov. 23, 2015. MUST be referred to the county planning board prior to the Chester Planning taking any final action thereon on Feb. 22. Such didn’t occur as required by law.
Another issue raised that that neither of the property owners appeared or sent communications to the board about the Tirone application and there were no authorizations filed. It’s argued that the application should not have even been deemed complete by the zoning administrator until the authoriziations were received and on file.
Four months later at the time of the planning board approval, there were still no authorizations on file from either property owner and attorney Robert Simon was suddenly representing both property owners and Tirone—not allowed ethically and with no authoriziations on file. 4-12-16
North Country Gazette
New restaurant offers 26 craft beers, arcade, bowling, laser tag
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa —A new restaurant in Pleasant Hill boasts 26 craft beers, bowling lanes, an arcade and laser tag and more.
The menu focuses on American cuisine including burgers as well as signature mac and cheese dishes, Cavatelli, and grilled bratwurst sausages.
Social also has 30 drafts with 26 craft beer options.
"As a restaurant owner, we understand that having dinner with family or friends close to home is important," said owner Randy Thompson in a news release. "Creating an environment with the ultimate, great food and entertainment, experience for guests of all ages was important. We have an established restaurant in Des Moines and creating something within Eastern Polk County has been a passion that I’m excited to see come alive."
It has 24 bowling lanes as well as birthday and VIP party suites.
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LTOA is producing a comprehensive guide to laser tag systems and manufacturers
Stay tuned, as the LTOA has begun a project all operators and potential operators will find valuable.
We'll be listing and reviewing manufacturers and suppliers of laser tag equipment/systems.
If you have feedback, or would be interested in being interviewed for our comprehensive white paper, please send us a message using the contact link on our website.
The Laser Tag Operators Association is the largest group dedicated to laser tag facilities.
Faith based laser tag business opens in East Texas
Henderson, TX (KETK) A new business has popped up in Henderson. It is called "G2G." It stands for Glory to God. The laser tag business was started by a Christian.
"I mean, we're definitely rednecks," said G2G owner, Jon Hale. "We love our guns, and we love our God." Hale said the inspiration for his business came from God. "On the way to work, I prayed to God, give me something," said Hale. "Give me something where I can change and be better for you because I wasn't on the right path." He said God answered his prayers minutes later. "So God intervened in our lives and gave us this business, and you know, it's just changed our family," said Hale. "It has brought us closer to God." Now he is trying to share God with others. Walk into G2G, and you will hear Christian music. "It sets a good environment," said Hale. "You never know what outlet like KVNE, or any other station, what it may bring to someone else that doesn't know Jesus Christ." They plan to decorate the walls with scripture, and t-shirts have II Chronicles 20:15 written on them. "What it's saying is, God will fight your battles," said Hale. "In your life, day to day, you'll have struggles, and if you'll depend on God, he'll take care of it for you." That is exactly what Hale said he is trying to do, put his faith in God while having fun and spreading the Lord's love. G2G is located at 103 South Paul Street, Ste 100 in Henderson. The hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are closed to the public on Wednesdays, but youth groups can make an appointment to rent the space. They are open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays. For church youth groups, prices are $5 for children and $10 for adults.
Sneak Peek: New entertainment, gaming center opening next week (KY)
A new brand of entertainment is coming to Louisville.
Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment is opening a nearly 50,000-square-feet entertainment center on Tuesday, March 22, complete with 22 bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity ropes course, billiards and more than 100 arcade games. The center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration from 3-7 p.m. that day for anyone who wants to attend.
“Our goal is to make sure we have a center, a fun destination where people of all ages can play fun games,” said Sherri Landry, vice president of marketing for Main Event, later adding: “It’s not simply a bowling place. It’s not simply an arcade. It’s more than that.”
Located at 12500 Sycamore Station Place, Main Event is for anyone ages 2 to 102, the company stated, and those 21 and older can imbibe at the entertainment center’s bar while playing games or eating. The center offers a menu of steaks, grilled salmon and burgers in the main dining area as well as gelato and specialty pizzas in its restaurant La Bella’s Pizza.
The Louisville Main Event features the company’s newest design. Changes include moving the ropes course above the arcade, making the laser tag course two levels and installing what is called ice-white bowling lanes, which Landry said look more modern.
Main Event also offers areas for corporate events, birthday parties and other private gatherings, including private rooms with full-service catering, free Wi-Fi and audio/visual equipment. The first corporate event Main Event will host is for Louisville-based Prodigy Construction Corp., the construction company that build the facility.
For children’s parties, Main Event offers six packages ranging in price from $15 to $20 per child. The packages feature bowling, arcade cards and various food options as well as other offerings.
Keeping in line with new technology, customers are given pre-paid, refillable cards they can swipe to play games and that track the points they earn, which can then be redeemed at the prize store.
Unlike some jobs that are all work and no play, Main Event employees are encouraged to play arcade games and mingle with customers. It employs about 160 people; however, that number will likely end up closer to 100 once the business settles in.
The Louisville Main Event is the company’s 25th location. It also will open centers in Albuquerque and West Chester, Ohio, by June.
The company said moving into the Louisville market was part of its bigger expansion plan. It looks as more than 40 attributes when deciding where to open next.
“We have a real estate strategy that looks at what locations have the type of households, growth that really works,” Landry said. “We found all that in Louisville.”
By the end of its fiscal year in June, Main Event will have opened seven locations during the year.
“Next fiscal year, we also have an aggressive growth plan,” said Landry. “We believe there is a need for play.”
Indoor go-kart, entertainment complex on track in Lincoln, RI
LINCOLN – In just a few months, Lincoln is expected to see an entertainment center come to life – complete with an indoor laser tag, airsoft, paintball and arcade venue. Come October, an indoor go-kart facility, bowling lanes, indoor playground, restaurant and full bar are planned.
Those operations are anticipated to open within the Collyer Business Center at 100 Higginson Ave., said Michael Bromley, owner of the center, who works in Florida.
Bromley calls the center an “entertainment destination experience,” and a one-of-a-kind venue for Rhode Island. While discussions are still ongoing with a nearby business owner about the laser tag, airsoft, paintball and arcade venue, Bromley confirmed it would be about three months until that facility is opened.
The go-kart track facility, F1 RI, Bromley explained, will be “first-class” and highly competitive, where individuals can race on a 72,000-square-foot asphalt track with battery-powered carts. F1, Bromley explained, is affiliated with car racing in Europe.
Mike Hezemans, a professional race car driver from the Netherlands, is serving as an operating partner for the track venue, where he’ll lend his expertise to help plan the structure, track configuration and details of the venue, Bromley said.
Hezemans told The Breeze he first built an indoor track “from scratch” in Holland in August 1995. With about 20 years of operating experience, Hezemans said, he wanted to see European-style racing brought to the U.S. He said it’s something he has yet to see carried out successfully in the country. The construction project in Lincoln, he said, he expects to be the best in the nation, given his experience working with tracks, logistics, equipment and the go-karts themselves.
Hezemans said he came from a family of racers, and won a few awards himself, earning both world and European championship titles. “I come from a racing family,” he said, pointing out that both his father and grandfather loved and lived the sport as well.
After befriending one another, Bromley said, he and Hezemans spoke about the racing industry. Hezemans told The Breeze that go-kart racing is very similar to driving a race car, and said some of the best facilities are located in Europe.
“That’s what I wanted to create,” Hezemans said.
Bromley said when he introduced the business center in Lincoln to the race car driver, Hezemans felt a track would be a great success. After conducting studies, the two decided to pursue the development project together. Bromley called the venue “easily accessible,” as it’s located about one mile off Interstate 95, and on the Pawtucket line.
Since the track facility will be temperature controlled and not subject to the outdoor elements, Bromley said, it will remain in top-of-the-line shape for racers – something that’s lacking in the area, Bromley said. Bromley said the business has contracted with British-based manufacturer, BIZ Karts, and the vehicles will be electric and “completely eco-friendly.”
Both an adult track and cadet track, or juniors track, will be constructed within the building, and Hezemans said he plans to incorporate some type of elevated element within the track pathway. While this type of racing is physical and challenging, Hezemans said, “everybody can do it.”
An enclosed upper deck area will look over the track, Bromley said, where customers can dine in at Fuel, a restaurant complete with a coal-fired pizza oven and full bar. Bromley said he also plans to include rotisserie chicken selections at the restaurant, though specific menu items are not determined just yet.
Also on the entertainment deck will be a bowling alley, televisions displaying sporting events and VIP spaces for birthdays, holiday parties, corporate or business functions, Bromley explained, where customers can watch races below.
The track was designed to travel below the entire upper deck, Bromley said. Though the business is still in the early planning stages, Bromley said, F1 RI may use social media as a tool to post ongoing race details as they’re happening at the track.
An indoor playground will also be constructed on the first floor by the track, Bromley said, where parents can bring their younger children while older siblings race. The way the venue was designed, Bromley said, keeps everyone occupied.
Bromley said the business center is “re-branding” itself as an entertainment and athletic venue after Dean Warehouse Services reduced its footprint in the building.
Some residents may already know the center for Rock Spot Climbing, which has been there for 15 years, as well as Ken Ryan’s KR Baseball Academy – a facility run by former Boston Red Sox player, Ken Ryan, who was with the team from 1992 until 1995. Ryan, who was born in Pawtucket, then played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1996 until 1999.
Bromley said he’s excited to establish these new venues in Lincoln, and said customers and racers alike will be part of a completely “unique” experience.
Bromley said he’s hoping to establish web presence soon to post photos of construction and share narratives about the progress of the development within the center.
Saturday, Oct. 1, is the date slated for the “soft opening” of F1 RI, Bromley said, and he hopes the “generously sized” center becomes a place for people to get engaged and experience all the center has to offer.
The Valley Breeze
‘Stellar’ 2015 for Laserforce
Laser tag specialist Laserforce enjoyed the best year in its 28-year history in 2015.
Laserforce players It was a record 12 months for the business, with over 60 new projects undertaken.
“I believe our stellar company performance is a testament to our robust laser tag equipment and the best team in the industry,” said company founder Len Kelly.
Strong sales were reported in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia last year, with the likes of entertainment centre operators Scene75, Gameworks and O’Learys signing up to work with the company. Around 20 new sites are already scheduled to come online in 2016.
In 2015, Laserforce further enhanced its portfolio of laser tag features with an update to player achievements, new additions to the iplaylaserforce.com site, Facebook integration and beacons.
So far this year, the company has deployed two new products – LED vest racks and self-registration functionality via player kiosks. Both, it said, were developed based on customer feedback.
“Our product development cycle lets us constantly put new revenue-generating features in the hands of our operators,” said Jeff Willy, chief of global operations. “There are some very exciting things in our pipeline that we think our operators are going to love.”
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Entertainment center coming to Thornton, CO
An entertainment complex that will include a bowling alley, a two-level laser tag arena, dozens of video games and restaurants on a key parcel in Thornton.
The Centennial-based Summit Entertainment Group recently bought the 5.34-acre site next to the Cabela’s site on the southwest corner of East 144th Avenue and Washington Street, where it plans to build the 49,980-square-foot Summit Thornton.
Records show that Summit paid about $1.6 million, or $6.98 per sf, to Evergreen Development for the Thornton parcel.
It will be the third Summit entertainment complex in Colorado. The other two are the Summit Windsor in Windsor and the Summer Interquest in Colorado Springs.
The Thornton site fits in well with its other two properties, said Dennis Schavietello, president and CEO of Summit Cos. and Performance Entertainment.
“The property is on the I-25 corridor and it is about 35 miles south of our property in Windsor and about 60 miles north of Colorado Springs,” he said.
“We really like the area because of all of the growth,” Schavietello said. “And being next to Cabela’s doesn’t hurt.”
He said the operations “typically draw from a 20-minute drive radius, so our Thornton store will draw all the way to Longmont and well as Commerce City and other communities along the E-470 community,” he said.
Summit Thornton will be basically a carbon copy of its successful Windsor store, he said.
Like the Windsor operation, Summit Thornton will be designed by Fort Collins-based Vaught Frye Larson Architects.
Summit Thornton will include 32 lanes of bowling alleys, eight of them private and 24 of them public.
“We can accommodate parties from 20 to 200,” Schavietello said.
“Bowling is a great sport. Everyone from little kids to seniors love it,” he said.
The arcade will have about 65 video games and the center is filled with TV screens, typically tuned to a sporting
The center includes two large conference rooms for meetings and events.
“These are family centers,” he said. “We’ve hosted birthdays for little kids and even had a birthday for a 90-year-old in Windsor. I think we had 400 different events in Windsor last year.”
The laser tag arena will have about 5,000 square feet of space.
“I believe we are the only ones with 2-level laser tags in Colorado,” Schavietello said. “It just makes the game more fun.”
They are just starting to track the number of people who visit their centers.
“I’m guessing (on a recent Sunday in January), we had 6,000 people go through our doors in Windsor and maybe 5,000 in Colorado Springs,” he said.
Given the demographics of the Thornton area, he said he would expect that business would be a bit brisker there than in Windsor.
They are looking for other sites in the Denver area.
They are interested in expanding in the west or southwest part of the metro area and are looking at a site in the Castle Rock area.
“We are investigating whether we can do a smaller model that would only require about 3.5 acres,” Schavietello said.
Summit Thornton is adjacent to the Grove shopping center that is anchored by Cabela’s.
In December 2014, Evergreen sold a 24-acre site next to the Summit Thornton property where Lennar Corp. is completing the 465-unit apartment community called the Parkhouse.
Evergreen continues to market the remaining land it owns adjacent to The Grove, including two acres at the southeast corner of 144th and Grant Street adjacent to Summit Thornton and 12 acres south on Grant opposite Lennar’s Parkhouse community.
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Hudson Valley opens door to indoor options for local fun
Vassar students are notorious for living inside the “Vassar bubble” and who can blame us? Poughkeepsie winters are cold and cruel and all anyone wants to do is snuggle up in bed with hot chocolate and Netflix. If you’re sick and tired of hanging around at the Retreat with nothing to do it might be a good idea to step out of campus and explore the cool things the Hudson Valley has to offer in the winter.
There’s always the option of catching the train to Grand Central for a night on the town, but the Hudson Valley and Poughkeepsie in particular are not half bad for an affordable yet exciting weekend not too far from campus. For those students who are a little more adventurous and like trying out new and exciting things there are a few indoor Hudson Valley Ventures just waiting to be explored that are fun and still manage to keep away the cold.
For those students who look at the tiny rock-wall above the water fountain at the All Fitness Center, you know who you are, and crave an opportunity to scamper up bigger, better walls, The Inner Wall in New Paltz provides a fantastic outlet.
The Inner Wall offers both traditional indoor rock climbing and bouldering opportunities. With belaying lessons for purchase and an array of complex rock-wall arrangements the novice or expert climber can thrive.
A first time climber, Amanda S. from Sunnyside, N.Y. reported a great experience with her friend on Yelp, saying, “We got a day pass for belaying, rented equipment, and had a belay orientation (lesson) for a (student) price of $32. Our instructor, Jenny, was an excellent teacher – thorough and clear in her explanations, patient, and helpful even after our lesson. When she left us, we were confident in our abilities and had a good time trying things out. We were satisfied with the entire experience!”
With affordable student rates and over 4,000 square feet of climbing space, “The Inner Wall” could be your ticket off campus next weekend. According to an informational video at the gym, “Heroes will rise, and stars will fall.” It’s sure to be a great, challenging time.
Spins Bowls, a closer location, is a bowling arcade located on 47 Taft Avenue, Arlington, not too far away from campus. It provides a host of fun filled activities such as bowling, redemption arcades and laser tag. Wearing bowling shoes is a small price to pay to have a fun day of bowling at Spin Bowls Laser Tag starts in March and is a must go. There’s plenty to eat and drink while you taking a break from all those strikes and/or gutter balls. Spending a Saturday at Spin Bowls is a good way to keep busy, show off that competitive spirit and spend a nice weekend with friends.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports, located on 2 Neptune Road, Poughkeepsie is the place to go if you ever feel like bringing out the inner six-year-old in you. Filled with trampoline courts, dodge ball courts and a slam-dunk basketball court, it’s the perfect place to let loose and bounce out all the stress of life at college. The Friday special “Jump N Glow” is where the whole of Bounce! Trampoline Sports glows in the dark due to lasers and black lighting.
It gives off the nightclub feel that simultaneously caters to the adult as well as the child in you.
Slam Dunk Basketball is another way to have a great time with friends, while feeling eight feet tall and Michael Jordan-like as you slam dunk ball after ball. Bounce! Trampoline Sports also has an array of refreshments, as well as a lounge and arcade that is a guaranteed way to keep yourself amused and well-fed whenever you need a break from all that jumping up and down. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is a recreational center that provides enjoyment for all Poughkeepsie residents. It is located at 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. Though it hosts a wide variety of events and performances such as concerts and theatre shows, its main attraction is the Mcann Ice Arena that is open for public skating.
Instead of trying to skate on Sunset Lake or the slippery pathways of campus, skating at the Mid Hudson Civic Center is a great way to get those blades on, do a couple of twirls and react a few scenes from “Ice Princess,” or if you’re an amateur like me, hold on to the railings and try very hard not to fall.
Another popular way to escape the snow and wind chill is to catch the shuttle to Poughkeepsie Galleria where many Vassar students spend their Saturdays doing a little shopping, hanging out at the food court or catching the latest movies to hit the theaters. Transportation is free if you manage to elbow your way onto the shuttle. The mall is a convenient place to stock up on supplies from target, grab that cute sweater from Macy’s and watch “Deadpool” this weekend.
For all of those cultured students who appreciate the true beauty of music and art and would like a change of pace from trampoline courts, bowling alley’s and ice skating rinks, there’s always the Bardavon Opera House at 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. With a continuous stream of excellent performances and a wide variety of performers throughout the year, it is also a historical site that dates back to the mid-19th century. It’s old school charm and fresh onslaught of performances just shows that one need not go all the way to New York City to enjoy music and the arts and for the typical ‘dinner and a show.’
Though everyone at Vassar is eagerly awaiting the lovely spring weather and to take a crisp stroll over the Walkway over the Hudson, there are plenty of things to do around Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley this winter without the fear of frostbite that’ll keep you excited, entertained and most of all, warm!
Spare Time Adds VIP Room, Laser Tag, More Gaming
SpareTime Bowling held a ribbon-cutting on Jan. 27 to mark the opening of its new VIP room, Laser Tag and expanded game room at its location at 350 Talcottville Road in Vernon.
The total expansion of the building is approximately 10,000 square feet, with 4,000 of that for the impressive, 3-story laser tag arena. Some existing space was also reconfigured to accommodate the new features.
Shelby Libby, Event Manager for Spare Time, said the additions took about three months to complete, and were operational on Dec. 12. The VIP room is has five bowling lanes, and can be rented out for special occasions, or used as overflow space when the other lanes are all being used.
The game room is spacious and relaxing, with couches placed among the video and skill games, including Connect Four, Skee Ball, air hockey and several riding games among the offerings.
"Everyone has really loved it," Libby said. "The birthday parties have been exceedingly popular. We also booked a lot of holiday parties during the holiday season and we've had a lot of company meetings and team-buildings."
Libby said that Spare Time, which has other properties in Bristol and Windsor Locks, as well as in New York, New Hampshire and Maine, among other states, has similarly upgraded seven of its centers.
Vernon Mayor Dan Champagne and Tolland County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director were among the attendees at the ribbon-cutting, and both said they were so impressed that they plan to book events there. The general public has responded positively, as well.
"So far, the comments and compliments we've been getting have been unbelieveable," said Manager Mindy Hester. "Guest don't expect to see a place like this in Vernon."
Go-karts and Halo-themed laser tag: Have a look inside Malibu Jack's
Blankenbaker Station Business Park is creating its own entertainment corridor off Blankenbaker Parkway near Interstate 64 with the opening of the Xscape Theatres movie theater earlier this year and the planned opening of Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment's bowling-themed food and game facility in early 2016.
Add Malibu Jack's to the list of growing attractions. The water fountains flow as work continues on the miniature golf course at the new Malibu Jack's in Louisville.
The water fountains flow as work continues on the miniature golf course at the new Malibu… more
The company's president and general manager, Steve Hatton, said workers are putting the finishing touches on a $3 million renovation of the former Hoops basketball facility at 12101 Sycamore Station Place, just down the street from Xscape.
The 71,000-square-foot facility looks much different these days: Its basketball courts have been replaced by a go-kart track, a beach-themed miniature golf course with an interactive waterfall, an arcade area with about 60 games, bumper cars and a kid's zone with slides and inflatables. There also is a kitchen and dining area for guests.
Hatton said the facility also will have a 7,000-square-foot laser tag arena that is themed loosely off the popular Halo video game franchise and 11,000 square feet on the second floor for birthday parties and the like. Malibu Jack's is leasing the facility from Louisville-based Synergy Logistics LLC.
Hatton hopes to have the facility ready for the public by Jan. 8, but he said last week that Jan. 15 is a more likely opening date. During our visit last week, a lot of last-minute touches still were needed and the laser tag arena, which won't open until February, was still under construction. The meeting space also is scheduled to open in February.
Hatton said the new facility will have about 35 full-time and part-time workers.
There will be no charge to enter Malibu Jack's, but there will be individual prices for its attractions. For instance, Hatton said, it will cost $7 to use the go-karts or play a round of miniature golf, and laser tag will cost $8. Bumper cars are $5, and there is an $8 fee to use the kid's zone for the day.
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Main Event Entertainment Now Open In Memphis
New center is the company's first Tennessee location, 22nd location nationwide
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center in America, has opened its first Tennessee location at 7219 Appling Farms Parkway in Memphis. The new center is Main Event's 22nd location nationwide and brings more than 100 jobs to the Memphis community.
"Tennessee is an integral part of Main Event's expansion plan, and opening our first center in the Memphis area is a milestone for our company," said Main Event Vice President of Marketing Sherri Landry. "We invite the Memphis community to come enjoy our unique 'Eat.Bowl.Play' experience and make lasting memories with their loved ones."
At nearly 49,000 square feet, the new Memphis center provides a unique entertainment and dining destination for people of all ages. Attractions include 20 ice-white lanes accented by black lighting creating a state-of-the-art bowling experience, a multi-level laser tag arena and a challenging gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery featuring more than 100 interactive and virtual games. Dining options include an extensive chef-inspired menu, specialty pizzas and a full bar serving innovative cocktails, wines and craft and local beers.
Main Event also offers private rooms with full-service catering and the latest A/V technology available, making it the ideal venue for special events, birthday parties and corporate meetings.
Described as "unrivaled in quality" by industry analysts, Main Event Entertainment plans to open five new centers throughout the country by June 2016.
About Main Event Entertainment Founded in 1998, Main Event Entertainment is a rapidly growing subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) of Australia, with family entertainment centers ranging from 48,000-75,000 square feet. Main Event turns ordinary days into memories with state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, high ropes adventure courses, billiards and interactive and virtual video games, plus new chef-inspired dining options for all tastes, including casual American dining, a stand-alone pizza cafe and a premium full bar. Main Event offers full-service catering and private rooms equipped with the latest A/V technology, making it ideal for special events, birthday parties, social gatherings and corporate meetings. Corporations, individuals and families consistently rank the centers "Best Place to Bowl" and "Best Party Place." More information is available at mainevent.com.
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Plans for laser tag and arcades in the Kursaal get green light (UK)
THE NEW look Kursaal could be up and running by Easter after plans for a £1.3million revamp were approved by Southend Council.
Last month, MFA Bowl, the firm that manages the attraction, revealed it wanted to plough cash into a complete revamp of the building, which has been struggling to attract businesses and customers for some time.
The plans include a laser games centre, in the unit left vacant by McDonald’s since 2008, a soft play area, bar, arcades and a coffee shop.
Alan Crystall, Lib Dem councillor for Leigh, and chairman of the council's development control committee, said the plans were approved with little debate.
He said: “There was nearly no discussion about the plans.
“It was all internal changes and everyone was very pleased to make progress to liven up that bit of the seafront.
“McDonald’s could not make a go of it but this is a new initiative and we all very much hope people make a go of it.”
The firm has applied for listed building consent to carry out the works, which planning officers recommended for approval and the council’s development committee gave the green light to on Wednesday. As well as the large children’s play area, there will be around 25 arcade machines for adults in both the lobby area and further into the historic old building, at the junction of Southchurch Avenue and Eastern Esplanade.
Currently, there is only a bar and bowling alley as entertainment in the Kursaal.
Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome Arcade, in Marine Parade, welcomed the investment.
He said: “It is in keeping with the Kursaal in terms of leisure and tourism so anything that brings people to the sea front is a welcome addition.
“The laser tag is something no-one else is offering either and I was in America this year and saw how popular it was there so it’s something new and will hopefully increase footfall along the seafront.”
MFA Bowl believe their plans can refresh the attraction, and create around 50 extra jobs for Southend.
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WOMAN ACCUSED OF SLAPPING, SHOVING CHILDREN WHILE PLAYING LASER TAG (Raleigh, NC)
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- An assault on a child at a popular North Raleigh amusement center has investigators on the hunt for a young woman they believe is responsible.
Raleigh police say it happened Saturday in the laser tag section of Adventure Landing.
The mother of the victim says it wasn't just her seven-year-old daughter who was assaulted but her nine-year-old daughter as well. She says the nine-year-old was shoved by the suspect.
Jasmin Kelly says she also watched as the suspect tried to punch another mother who intervened when children complained they were being verbally and physically abused.
Kelly says the mother told the young woman, "'You're cursing at our kids and you are pushing our kids.' All the kids are saying, 'She's pushing us', you know, at this point."
The suspect then said, '"F-blah, blah, get out of my way.' And she went, she just went to swing at her", Kelly added.
A uniformed Raleigh police officer hired by Adventure Landing to work off-duty took the suspect outside to defuse the situation but apparently didn't realize a child has complained that the young woman hit her.
But Kelly said her youngest daughter told her, "'She just like went and just slapped me, you know. I was just standing there.' And then my nine-year old said, 'Ma, when we were in there she went and she pushed me like this."
Kelly says she snapped pictures of her daughter's red and swollen cheek while her husband asked an Adventure Landing employee to tell the officer to hold the young woman because they wanted to press charges for assaulting a child.
But Kelly says the suspect was allowed to leave and when the employee came back she and her husband asked him about it.
"We told you that she had assaulted my daughter and you said you would come out and make sure the officer would hold her," Kelly said. "And he said, 'You know nobody is hurt and that's the important thing.'"
Adventure Landing employees tell a different version. This afternoon the company released a statement to ABC11 that reads, in part, "The officer removed the teens in question from the premises and minimized the confrontation in a manner he deemed appropriate. There was no evidence at the time that the children were in danger. The officer and staff member did not know until after the aggressors were off property the extent of the altercation stated by the parents involved."
The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that the suspect needs to be charged.
That's why Raleigh police have released a picture taken from Adventure Landing surveillance video.
They hope someone will recognize her and tip them off. They say she is in her late teens or early 20's.
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Spare Time laser tag and arcade taking shape
OWATONNA — After many months of construction, Spare Time Entertainment is getting close to unveiling several new attractions to the public.
“We’ve been working on it quite a while, and we’re starting to get into the home stretch,” general manager Scott Hutchinson said.
What’s coming to the bowling alley and bar is a new arcade area with dozens of games where players can earn tickets to redeem for prizes, and through another door, a multi-level laser tag arena. Although sections of the building are still closed off for workers, the project is far enough along that the business took delivery Tuesday of the 39 games planned to go in the arcade area. Later this week, they’re expecting a similar shipment of laser tag gear. The grand opening date is still to be determined, but Hutchinson said they expect to launch early in 2016.
Between the new additions and bowling, Spare Time expects to become a go-to destination for customers of all ages.
“The whole idea is we’ll be selling birthday party packages,” Hutchinson said. “There’ll be three different levels, and basically kids can come in and we’ll have a birthday party set that includes bowling or the laser tag or the games or some combination.”
But while the new areas might attract a somewhat younger crowd, Hutchinson said the bar and bowling alley will continue providing a variety of options for older visitors.
“We provide entertainment services for all ages,” he said. “We have live entertainment, we have DJs on weekends, we have a full-service bar, [and] we also do catering, which is also something new we’ve started.”
Even after the laser tag area and arcade launch, there will be more changes coming. On Tuesday, Hutchinson was walking through with co-owners Cory and Gene Michealson and talking about possible places to add even more amenities, including a climbing wall.
“We’ll be keeping it fresh,” Cory Michealson said. “There’ll always be new ideas coming.” Even further down the road, Hutchinson foresees some changes to expand the dining side of the business as well.
“The idea is in the next few years, we’re going to redo the other side of our building,” he said. “We want to expand our kitchen, redo the bar and hopefully have actual banquet rooms. … We’ve got a chef, and he’s working on our little tiny bowling alley kitchen, but he’s been able to do some amazing things.”
All of which will go to making Spare Time a go-to location for all kinds of entertainment in Owatonna, Hutchinson said.
“It’s a great way to combine the great bowling we currently have and the great food we currently have with a thing that’s really needed here in town. There’s not much for kids to do,” he said. “We want to be involved in the community and give them some solutions for some very needed venues.”
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$2.6M Xenia entertainment center could open in May (Dayton News)
The proposed Xenia Towne Square entertainment center has a new investor, and the developer is planning a grand opening for the $2.6 million project for early May.
Creative Entertainment Concepts has partnered with investors DeDe Larson and Craig Toops of D&D Investments, based in Xenia, to build an entertainment venue that will include a 14-lane bowling alley, a laser tag course, an arcade, a party/banquet area and a sports bar on West Main Street.
+$2.6M Xenia entertainment center could open in May photo CHUCK HAMLIN David Beauregard plans to renovate the former Fulmers building in Xenia Towne Center into an entertainment complex. Chuck Hamlin / Staff “We’re really happy to have DeDe Larson and Craig Toops as our local partners because they’re residents and have been there for a long time,” said David Beauregard of Creative Entertainment Concepts. “She has children and understands the value of the entertainment piece.”
D&D Investments is the main investor, but there will be other limited partnership investors who will also be involved, Beauregard said. He is uncertain exactly how many additional investors will be part of the project.
Larson heard about plans for the entertainment center about a year ago, but her company was planning to build a miniature golf course in the city.
+$2.6M Xenia entertainment center could open in May photo The former Fulmers store will be converted to a family entertainment center with 12 bowling lanes, laser tag and sports bar. ... Read More “My idea was not to compete against them but maybe complement them,” she said.
When a specific property Larson considered for the miniature golf course fell through because it didn’t meet her specifications, she called Beauregard to talk about how to combine her vision with his, she said.
“This is the perfect opportunity for Xenia,” she said. “It’s in a great location. I think it will be extremely successful, and I think it’s what everybody needs – the whole city.”
CEC plans to choose soon a contractor for the demolition of the former Fulmer’s grocery building where the entertainment center will be built. Demolition could start before Christmas or the first week in January, Beauregard said.
“If we have a mild winter and it doesn’t affect anything, that’s to our advantage,” Beauregard said. “We want to make sure the exterior work gets done right away.”
The entertainment center is part of a planned $20 million to $22 million Xenia Towne Square redevelopment project that will include retail space and restaurants.
Earlier plans for the entertainment center had an estimated $7 million value and included the addition of an eight-screen movie theater in the space for the former Kmart building. However, plans for the movie theater dissolved, and CEC is no longer involved in future development plans for the former retail building, Beauregard said.
“That doesn’t really impact what we’re doing,” he said. “We had looked at it for a movie theater — which I think in the market would do well — but it’s a matter of financing. One piece at a time.”
In November, Xenia City Council approved an emergency resolution authorizing the purchase of the former Kmart building. The city plans to buy the building and parking lot area, located on 5.6 acres of land, for an estimated $250,000 and enter into a purchase agreement to sell the building to a developer.
Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman and city staff have had preliminary discussions with interested developers and are exploring costs to demolish the building, according to city documents.
“Mr. Merriman will be working to complete the purchase deal and barring any unexpected delays, hopes to have the transaction finalized by the end of January,” said Lee Warren, city of Xenia spokesman. “Once completed, the city of Xenia will maintain site control on that parcel, which is a situation that is highly favored by developers.”
Battlefield laser tag concept making big splash in Hurst
John Pittman, who recently opened Battlefield Frontlines Combat Lasertag, is getting used to drivers making U-turns along Northeast Loop 820 so that they can check out his gaming venue.
“It’s ramping up. People are driving down the road and swinging back to see what combat laser tag is all about,” he said.
Since opening in late October, business is revving up as people are booking parties and other events, he said.
Battlefield Frontlines is in Hurst’s growing entertainment district about a half mile from North East Mall.
Developers have converted vacant buildings along a half-mile stretch of Northeast Loop 820 into venues where people can play miniature golf or jump on trampolines.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION. John Pittman, owner of Battlefield Frontlines Combat Laser Tag
Pittman said people are curious about the battlefield concept of his laser tag games.
Most are used to a Star Wars theme, but Pittman said he wanted a concept based on video games that people are playing such as Call of Duty. The idea is to focus on teamwork.
Pitman wanted to expand beyond his Houston location and considered Austin but chose Hurst as officials helped him navigate the necessary permitting requirements.
Unlike his Houston location, which is in an industrial area near several oil companies, the Hurst location is along heavily-traveled Northeast Loop 820 and close to North East Mall where it is easy to draw traffic.
The entertainment district is also about a half mile from Rave Movie Theater, which recently underwent a $2.4 million makeover. The corridor stretches from Putt Putt Minature Golf & Games on the south to the Battlefield Frontlines location on the north.
When Pittman opened in Houston, he didn’t get the type of response as he is finding in Hurst.
“It’s all about location, location location,” he said.
New family fun zone to open in Lancaster
Go 'N Bananas Family Fun Center, the newest indoor play place in Lancaster, is giant and jungle-themed, and holding it's grand opening on Dec. 9. Go 'N Bananas is much more than a tricked-out jungle gym, however, with games and activities for everyone in the family.
"I got the idea while I was at a birthday party in Philadelphia," said owner Mark Legenstein, who is also a co-owner of Certified Carpet. As for the theme, "I woke up one morning and just thought of it."
Legenstein's idea for a place that the whole family can enjoy is now fully realized. Go 'N Bananas has already had VIP events, and friends and family days, in order to work out any kinks before the grand opening. "The feedback has been so positive. We invited some corporate guys to our VIP day, and they brought their families. The feedback they gave me wasn't stuffy; it was about how much fun they had with their kids."
As Joan Wurster, the General Manager, explains, "We want people to know this is a place for ages 2 to 92."
Go 'N Bananas, which is themed around a giant maze of slides, is available for anything from a birthday party, to youth lock-ins, to a corporate team event.
After walking through an archway straight out of the rainforest, the first area you'll see is Ballocity. Three levels tall and full of slides, Ballocity lets players shoot foam balls through just about any device you can think of. Ballocity has blasters, vacuums, fountains and cannons for you to send foam balls flying and falling inside a netted maze.
Occupying a corner space of the building is Ape Overboard. Think bumper boats without the water. These chairs are surrounded by inner tubes, letting riders spin on the spot, bump each other, and generally drive without rules.
In the corner on the other side of the maze, and flanked by a mural of snow-capped mountains, is Mini Bowling. Multiple miniature bowling lanes are topped with giant TV screens that can play cool videos or fun slideshows. Digital monitors let players watch the action and keep score.
Continuing around the maze, you'll see an arcade full of ape-sized games, reminiscent of a boardwalk carnival, with Skee-Ball, crane games and air hockey.
Tilt your head up to the ceiling, and you'll see a ropes course worthy of any jungle animal. Once you're strapped into your harness and hooked into a track, you can pick your way across wooden boards and ropes, all while having a birds-eye view of the arcade crowd below.
The action continues at the back of Go 'N Bananas, where the Laser Tag Arena waits to be explored. The laser tag maze is painted and decorated to feel like your battling in city streets and alleys, with no way to see who's coming around the corner, unless you're lucky enough to race up the ramp and take out opponents from the second level.
Players and families can buy food and drinks at the Congo Café, which is adjacent to the toddler play area. The padded play area for the littlest family members sits on the side of the maze, away from the most frenetic activities. Also on this side are the jungle-themed party rooms, each equipped with a flat screen TV. "For a birthday party last weekend, we uploaded Elmo videos because he liked 'Sesame Street,'" says Wurster.
Legenstein and Wurster aren't only interested in giving families a giant playground. They have also put together a team of people who love kids and are passionate about keeping the fun going. Instead of holding traditional interviews, they auditioned would-be staff members, giving them situations and watching them improvise what they would do. "You could see the leaders of each group," explains Legenstein.
Appropriately, Go 'N Bananas is opening just before the holidays, when everyone's focus is on spending time with family. "It just worked out that way," laughs Wurster. "It was meant to be."
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Go 'N Bananas is located at 1170 Garfield Ave., off Dillersville Rd. between Manheim Pike and Harrisburg Pike.
Visit the Go 'N Bananas website, gonbananas.com, for hours and pricing.
Father and daughter owners Chris Struik and Mel Noe have invested more than $500,000 on the games an
THE family-owned Gladstone Cinemas is expanding, with the opening of the arcade centre Game On next-door.
Father and daughter owners Chris Struik and Mel Noe have invested more than $500,000 on the games and laser tag centre to make it the only games arcade in Gladstone.
It's filled with traditional games like pinball, basketball and wack-a-mole, and also boasts a laser tag centre.
They have owned the building, which was previously used by Hatch Engineering, since September.
Ms Noe said their laser tag centre was the most popular feature.
They drew inspiration from game arcades in Melbourne, and Fun Zone in Rockhampton.
"I think people will be impressed with what we've done."
The space will be used to compliment the cinemas.
Tickets to films are sold at the arcade, which Ms Noe and Mr Struik hope will lessen the waiting times at the cinemas.
"As with any venture you weight it up and we've done the numbers ... we're confident that this will be very popular," Ms Noe said.
"When we opened on Saturday it felt like it was meant to be."
For three years the family has eyed off the building space to open the arcade.
"This just adds an extra element to what we already had."
The family has owned the Gladstone Cinemas since 2001.
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Laser tag complex celebrates grand opening this weekend
Ready, aim, fire. Battle House Laser Tag is celebrating its grand opening.
To celebrate, the local game house will offer discounts to customers today and Sunday on its 90-minute play times, normally $30 per person. There will also be goodies and prizes on hand.
Modeled after the popular video game, “Call of Duty,” Battle House launched late last month at its 20,000-square-foot space at 1817 Hall Drive on the grounds of the Wilmington International Airport.
The Wilmington laser tag complex includes a mock city setup, with some two-story obstacle structures, in about 8,000 square feet of the facility. There is even an indoor area created to resemble the outdoors.
Battle House can accommodate up to 30 participants at a time in a variety of mission- and time-based scenarios. It also includes two rooms for birthday and bachelor parties, corporate retreats and other functions.
In addition to the $5 discount on games, Battle House will give students an additional $5 off with promo code “Grand-O$5:)”. There will be free refreshments and snacks for players.
Owner Darek Huckbody has joined in on the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association’s (WAHA’s) fundraiser for UNC-Wilmington students enrolled in the Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management program. Ten percent of proceeds from this weekend will be donated to the scholarship. Battle House is also raffling off T-shirts, weapon upgrades, game time and two party packages to raise additional money for the cause.
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Clemson's new football complex will have laser tag and a golf simulator
Clemson unveiled plans for its new $55 million football complex that will be attached to the indoor practice facility earlier this year. Now, they have released renderings of the facility and all of the amenities that will be available to players and staff. The complex is set to open in February 2017.
The Tigers' new complex will feature the amenities one would expect a football facility to have -- weight room, dining hall, meeting rooms, offices, etc. -- but it also has some some surprising ones.
Most football facilities have a player's lounge with ping-pong tables and pool tables as the standard. Clemson will go a few steps further with mini golf, a golf simulator, laser tag, a bowling alley, sand volleyball courts and a 24-seat HD theater.
It also mentions an "indoor slide" being put in the facility. Imagining a bunch of college football players playing around on a giant slide is a fantastic image.
In the lobby of the complex, there is a replica of Howard's Rock and the hill that players run down before games at Memorial Stadium.
The complex will certainly be an upgrade for Clemson and give them some of the nicest, most luxurious football facilities in the country. I mean, who wouldn't want to be able to play laser tag after a long day of practice?
Laser tag centre set to open this year in Gladstone (AU)
GLADSTONE could soon have its own laser tag and gaming centre.
Game On announced on its Facebook page on Friday that they would open a video game and laser tag centre near the Gladstone Cinemas.
The facility is expected to open by the end of the year.
The centre will open in building upstairs of the Nightowl Centre, next to the side access of the Gladstone Cinemas.
Already Game On's Facebook page has more than 300 likes.
Laser tag is already offered at the Cedar Galleries for party bookings.
Blenheim gets outdoor laser tag (NZ)
A Nelson business has brought outdoor laser tag to Blenheim, something which is proving popular with children and adults alike.
Pro Combat Laser Tag owner Nick Fowler said he noticed a lot of people from Blenheim coming to Nelson to play laser tag, so he decided to offer the game at The Vines Village.
The first games were played on October 6, with Vines Village owner Jeff Fulton saying there was already a lot of demand, and not just from children.
A corporate group had already approached him to book laser tag for a team-building exercise, and dads, in particular, were also getting in on the fun, he said.
"It really gets your heart racing. It gives you an insight into what being shot at feels like."
The arena at The Vines Village, which was about half the size of a rugby field, was filled with wine barrels, bales of pea straw and inflatable barriers, providing players with plenty of cover.
They were equipped with American-made MP5s, a laser gun which weighed about 2.5 kilograms, and fitted out with head sensors, which Fulton described as being like "rambo sweat bands."
The guns, which were designed to work in the daylight, shot an invisible beam, with players aiming through a scope on the barrel.
There were also a lighter option available for children.
Players had the choice of several game styles, including capture the flag, team deathmatch, base destroyer, deathmatch and zombie.
In the zombie scenario, a small number of players started the game as zombies, with their guns being set to deal more damage and have better range.
Whenever a human player died they became a zombie, with the last person standing the winner.
Usually the head sensors were set so it took ten strikes for a player to be eliminated, but this could be adjusted depending on the game mode.
The original plan had been to offer the game over the school holidays, but Fulton said if demand continued he imagined laser tag would become a long term fixture for Blenheim.
He planned to offer laser tag over the Christmas holidays, and if there was enough support, he hoped it would continue next year.
*Laser tag costs $23 per hour, or $20 if booked online. Because of demand, bookings are recommended.
Laser Tag Opens In North Platte (Nebraska)
If you're a fan of laser tag then you're in luck because the new course at Wild Bills is open for business.
The two story facility opened last Friday and up to 24 players can battle at once; each vest has five targets on it and the laser gun is a target as well. The games last 12 minutes and only cost $7. The new laser tag course is open Monday-Friday from 5 pm to Midnight and Saturday to Sunday from 11 A.M. to Midnight.
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Scene75 Entertainment Center is now open in Miami?Township
Scene75 Entertainment Center Cincinnati, the newest and one of the largest entertainment centers in the country, opened its doors to the public on Friday, September 11th 2015. The announcement of Scene75’s opening day was first made public on Scene75’s Facebook page, which already has more than 30,000 fans. To celebrate the newly opened facility, Scene75 will be hosting an entire weekend of celebration that will include a $30,000 Grand Opening Giveaway, an official ribbon cutting ceremony (to take place on Friday September 25th at 4:00 p.m.) and a laser tag competition featuring an Xbox One as a prize.
The Scene75 Cincinnati ribbon cutting ceremony will represent all of the hard work that has gone into transforming an abandoned building into one of the largest entertainment centers in the country. In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Scene75 Cincinnati will be hosting a $30,000 Grand Opening Giveaway, for which Scene75 will be giving away $30,000 in attraction and gameplay for FREE from Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th.
· First 1,000 guests each day (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) will receive a $10.00 Scene75 card valid for any of Scene75’s attractions or arcade games; that’s $10,000 in FREE play each of the three days
· A FREE Scene75 birthday party will be raffled off to one lucky guest each day (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
· The player who has the highest score in laser tag for the weekend (Friday through Sunday) will win an XBox One
Scene75 Cincinnati is the second location of the locally owned Scene75 Entertainment Center chain. The first location (Scene75 Dayton) opened in 2012 and has since been named an international award winner within the entertainment industry and the “2014 Best Place for Family Fun in Ohio” per Ohio Magazine. Founder and CEO, Jonah Sandler, is a Cincinnati native and graduated from Sycamore High School in 2000.
The new facility in Cincinnati has created more than 175 new jobs and has received an incredible amount of support and interest from guests living in Milford, Miami Township, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and beyond.
Scene75 Cincinnati, a nearly 90,000 sq foot indoor entertainment center, is located at 876 State Route 28 in Milford Ohio, off of exit 57 (Milford/Blanchester) on I-275. Scene75 Cincinnati features 12 exciting indoor attractions including: electric go-karts, multi-level laser tag, 18 holes of 3D black light miniature golf, 110+ video & redemption arcade games, the chaos room (a video game theater), six mini-bowling lanes, spin zone bumper cars, 4-D X-Rider (a motion simulator with wind, strobe, snow, and up to 16 different films), Valkyrie (a 4-D zombie shooting motion simulator), a bouncing inflatable arena, a toddler zone, a laser maze and an Atomic Rush interactive game.
In addition to all of the entertainment and attractions offered at Scene75 Cincinnati, there is also a full-service bar & grill restaurant (with an outdoor patio), an additional full center bar (serving cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers), and a snack zone. The Scene75 menu features appetizers, salads, pizza, burgers and more.
For those interested in booking a private event at Scene75 Cincinnati, there are a variety of options: birthday parties, corporate parties, team parties, field trips, group events, and private facility rentals. Scene75 features 4 private party rooms and a banquet room that can be expanded into a single room accommodating more than 200 people. For more information about parties and events check out Scene75’s private events page at http://www.scene75.com/book-an-event-cincinnati/.
Scene75 is committed to being more than just an entertainment center; it strives to be a large and active part of the community. Scene75 is proud to offer programs that benefit the community directly such as its “Learn to Earn Program” and “Special Needs Program.” The Cincinnati location will also offer special public events similar to the ones that make the Dayton location an integral part of the community, including indoor trick-or-treat, breakfast with Santa, traffic light date parties, magic shows, neon glow-parties, speed dating and more.
For additional information check out Scene75 Cincinnati’s Facebook page, or learn more about the Scene75 brand by visiting our website at www.Scene75.com.
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Rocklin’s Laser Craze changing name to avoid trademark infringement suit (Sacramento)
Rocklin residents John and Susan Hughes had begun to think that maybe one day they would open another one of their Laser Craze family entertainment centers, but then came the letter from an attorney in Ohio.
The lawyer represented a business called Lazer Kraze, which had three centers in Ohio and Kentucky, and that business had trademarked the name. The owner demanded that the Hugheses stop using their moniker.
“We started down the path of fighting them,” Susan Hughes said. “We wanted to keep our name. We had built our brand in the community, and we got to a point where we had to make a decision. Do we continue down this path for another year and a half, spend the money and the time?”
For her husband, it really wasn’t so much the money. Their business will bring in roughly $1.5 million in revenue this year, he said, so they could fight it, but all the time and energy spent on a legal fight could instead go toward expanding their business.
“The legal advice from my attorney was simply, ‘John, you can head down this road and you will probably prevail, but it will be another 18 months before we see our day in court, and it’s going to cost you another $100,000,’ ” said John Hughes. “ ‘So, do you want to expand your business and grow your brand, or do you want to have this suck up your time?’ ”
The Hugheses made what they call “a really hard decision.” They are changing the name of their 3-year-old baby to Xtreme Craze. New signage will be installed at the end of September at Merlone Geier’s well-trafficked Blue Oaks Town Center, 6600 Lonetree Blvd., in Rocklin. The website, www.lasercrazeca.com, will soon be redirected to a site with the new name.
“Our biggest concern is that there be no confusion in the community,” Susan Hughes said. “Nothing is changing about Laser Craze, except the name. There are not new owners. Customers are going to receive the same incredible, interactive experience they always have.”
John Hughes said he really had to change his mindset: “I was bitter for a long time. For about a year, I was like, ‘Are you serious? This can’t be true that someone in Ohio could actually think they’re losing business to me in Sacramento.’ Just intuitively, it didn’t make sense to me.”
Once their minds were made up, the couple said, they started looking upon the name change as an opportunity to demonstrate that they offer more than laser tag. Roughly 45 percent of the company’s business comes from birthday parties, many of which are for children who primarily play in the bounce houses and arcade. Laser tag, which makes up 55 percent of the center’s business, attracts a lot of teenagers, but players can be as young as 7.
John and Susan Hughes, both of whom are 46, say they love to play the game themselves, and once a month, they do so with their staff of 35. Their teen and tween daughters, Timbre and Teal Hughes, also frequently get into the action.
The laser tag business wasn’t always something that John Hughes viewed as a promising venture. He thought his little brother, Gregory Hughes, was nuts when he called him 25 years ago to tell him that he was quitting a good corporate job to open up an entertainment center with laser tag as its mainstay business.
But Gregory Hughes and a business partner ended up opening two successful Lazer Zone centers in the Boston area. Eventually, the younger Hughes sold his stake in the business to his partner and went solo. He incorporated with the name Laser Craze in 2007, then opened his first center in 2008.
He now has three arenas with that name, John Hughes said, and his insurer is paying to help him fight the trademark infringement battle with the company in Ohio. Gregory Hughes had searched the federal database in 2007, when he initially incorporated, and had found no other business with a trademark on Laser Craze. The Ohio company applied for its trademark in 2008, after Gregory Hughes’ business was already open.
John Hughes is rooting for his brother, but it won’t affect his decision. He and his wife hope to open up a second location by the end of 2016, so they are focused on rebranding and expanding.
“It took us about a year and a half of planning and building before we could open our doors here,” John Hughes said. “We crossed every hurdle you could ever imagine trying to get the place open. Our business is exploding now, with 21 percent year-over-year growth in revenue and players. This year, we’re expecting 80,000 people to play the game. We started with 46,000 in 2012.”
The Hugheses invested $650,000, pretty much all of their savings, into the business, they said, and after making pitches to 30 different banks, they sat down at a Starbucks with Matt Hine of California Bank & Trust. They talked for two hours, John Hughes said, and by the end of the conversation, Hine was impressed with their detailed business plan, their past business experience and the fact that Hughes’ brother had met with so much success in the business.
The Hugheses received a loan, backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, for $650,000, they said, and because of their success, California Bank & Trust has been asking whether they’re ready to expand.
The couple renovated 18,000 square feet of a shuttered Mervyn’s department store. They acquired state-of-the-art equipment and hired artist Jody Barrilleaux to airbrush the arena walls with a glow-in-the-dark spacescape. Planets explode, meteors hurtle and stairs lead to the heavens.
“We were all in,” Susan Hughes said. “You can’t do something like this and not do it right.”
After the couple’s first 18 months of business, John Hughes said, they reached positive cash flow. He had continued to work his corporate job managing a team of salespeople in the medical industry, he said, so it wasn’t unusual for him to work a combined 90 hours a week in both businesses. Susan Hughes, a former television advertising saleswoman, was a stay-at-home mom when Laser Craze opened, but she found herself spending plenty of late nights nurturing the new baby.
“When we first opened, we thought that, with the movie theater next door, people would go to a movie and then come over here and play,” John Hughes said. “That’s not really the case. ... For a family of four to go to the movies, it costs 80 bucks. If you want to come here and spend 2.5 hours and have your kids have a blow-out time, it will cost you 80 bucks. You don’t do those two things together. It’s an entertainment choice to come here.”
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Alpha Strike Laser Tag has closed its doors permanently (Nova Scotia)
A popular laser tag location in Burnside has closed its doors for good.
"For 5 years we were fortunate to host thousands of birthday parties for kids in our community," the post read. "We met and played with so many Haligonians. From our regular members, to our drop in groups from as far away as Vancouver, or Norway, we were able to meet and entertain so many interesting people. We have loved being a part of your lives, and appreciate everyone who gave us the opportunity to share in the joy of their children’s birthdays."
Level up at new laser tag course (North Platte, NE)
Plans for a laser tag course have been in place since Gary Suhr and Lonnie Parsons began thinking about creating Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling in summer 2014. The course will open up, after a year of remodeling and changing plans several times, by the last week of September. Megan Huddle, events coordinator, said Suhr and Parsons went with the top package for the course — lights, lasers and fog machines throughout a two-level structure for participants to chase each other through. Construction of the facility was held up because they decided to add the second level, but doing so also added enough square footage so the course is just slightly larger than the Big Apple course in Kearney, Huddle said.
“I am personally super excited,” Huddle said.
The entrance to laser tag will split what is currently the arcade at Wild Bill’s. Some of the games will be moved to make room for laser tag lines, but Huddle said in the future it’s also likely the arcade will be expanded. From the front counter, players will make their way into the “debriefing room,” where two rows of 12 packs are lined up for individuals and teams.
The game provides an opportunity for indoor fitness and fun for all ages.
“North Platte is always like ‘we need something for kids,’” Huddle said.
Laser tag play has already been incorporated into the facility’s birthday and party packages. There will be open play times, but four nights a week will also have league play. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Huddle said, will be for teams of players ages 14-20.
Mondays and Wednesdays are open for players 21 and over, with drink specials for when teams are waiting between games. She said there are ten slots in each league for a six-member team. Even though the facility isn’t completed, she said people can start finding players for the leagues. “I’m excited for these leagues,” she said.
Laser tag isn’t the only new addition to the facility, which went from a token system in the arcade to using a digital card-based system. There won’t be any more nostalgic tokens or long paper ticket strips, but Huddle said the aim for the future is to make it so the cards can be used at the arcade, laser tag, bowling alley and restaurant. Mom can drop off the kids with $20 on the card, Huddle said, and they can bowl, play arcade games and grab a snack without worrying about cash.
“Ideally we would like to tie it all into the card,” she said.
She said people with tokens or tickets can still redeem them through Sept. 15. The card system was put in place just two weeks ago.
Laser Dash offers family fun (Belgrade, MT)
Neon flashes of glow-in-the-dark paint and black lights illuminated the arena as Shair Erickson wound her way through a maze of moveable walls, stairwells and dimly lit rooms.
The owner of Laser Dash, a laser tag facility, has been hard at work since moving her business to Belgrade earlier this summer.
After establishing Laser Dash with her then 19-year old son in Bozeman two years ago, Erickson said she began to look for a new, larger space. A vacant warehouse in the I-Park off Frontage Road east of Belgrade proved to be the perfect spot.
Since opening Laser Dash, Erickson said the business has been “a family affair” the whole way. She and her son, Sky Erickson, co-own it and their family has helped build their arenas from the ground up. A youth group she used to run contributed work, as well. One of her older sons, a cartoon artist, covered the walls with glowing motifs of outer space and mystical creatures.
“One night we were driving around looking for something to do, and we just couldn’t find anything,” Erickson said. “And my son said ‘let’s open a laser tag place.’ I guess it was meant to be, because it just came together. We thought it would be nice to give families around here something else fun to do.”
Since then, Erickson and her son have expanded so much that twelve people can place laser tag at once. While waiting to play, costumers can visit their snack bar, or try out some of their many arcade games. Kids can also host their birthday parties there.
At their old site on Gilkerson Road in Bozeman, Erickson said they had about 3,000 square feet of space for laser taggers to sneak around. Here in Belgrade, she’s doubled the size of her arena, with two stories and an extensive system of eerie rooms.
Although she hasn’t had as many costumers in Belgrade yet, Erickson said she’s has good feedback. “So far, so good,” she said. “Probably 90 percent of people have liked this better than our Bozeman place. The problem is most people think that we’ve closed.”
Erickson said they see all walks of life come through their arena. Young children, college kids, wedding parties, and even the MSU Bobcats football team have frequented Laser Dash.
“I’m always happy to see groups going in laughing and giggling,” Erickson said. “There’s so much sadness around, I just love being able to provide something that makes people happy. It’s a great family activity, it’s really for everyone.”
As Erickson and her son continue to polish and expand Laser Dash’s new location, she said they have extensive plans in the works.
This October, with the help of local volunteers, they will turn the arena into “Disturbia,” a haunted house that has “just about everything that could possibly scare you,” Erickson said.
She said they also hope to add a paintball and air soft arena, as well as an indoor skate park within the next year. The cavernous warehouse adjacent to the laser tag arena may be in rough shape now, but Erickson said she envisions all sorts of opportunities for more family fun there.
Casper man takes aim at family entertainment market with laser tag
“I want to give something for kids and families to do that’s affordable,” Wheeler, owner of Casper-based Shadow Ops Laser Tag. “It’s nice, safe fun for our community.”
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Fort Myers bowling/entertainment complex ready to roll
HeadPinz Fort Myers, an entertainment complex north of the airport off Treeline Avenue, is expected to open in mid-July, possibly as early as July 15.
Inside, you'll find bowling and much more.
A reporter and photographer from The News-Press took a tour June 24 and talked to Mike Cannington, director of operations for Bowland Centers, and Nicholas Jones, general manager of the new center.
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Bowling, gaming entertainment center may roll into West Chester (PA)
WEST CHESTER TWP. — An expansion of The Streets of West Chester could soon include a business that would add to the appeal of the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor as a place to live, work and play.
Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment touts its locations as “Eat.Bowl.Play.” experiences featuring 20 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, billiards, a multi-level laser tag arena, a gravity ropes course and more than 100 interactive and virtual games, according to the company.
Dining experiences range from fast-casual to chef-inspired casual, including specialty pizzas, plus a full bar with “creative” cocktails, beer and wine. Private rooms with audio/visual capabilities and full-service catering are also available for parties, events and meetings.
The project would offer more entertainment options along the ever-expanding Cincinnati-Dayton corridor, which is scheduled to include a slew of shopping, dining and entertainment options in the forms of $350 million mega-retail project Liberty Center in Liberty Twp., Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and a proposed Topgolf location in West Chester Twp.
It would also further solidify the region’s increasingly powerful economic draw, one that only includes not only retail and service industry growth, but corporate and industrial construction, expansion and relocation, as well.
Founded in 1998, Main Event Entertainment is a subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group of Australia and operates nearly 20 U.S. family entertainment centers nationwide, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia and Illinois.
Main Event’s recent growth includes the opening of six new centers since last August. The company plans to open eight additional centers nationwide by June 2016.
The closest Main Event location is more than 300 miles away in Warrenville, Ill.
Main Event, if it develops on the site, could join Dallas-based Topgolf, which said this month it is interested in building a 64,232-square-foot recreational entertainment facility at the 200,000-square-foot second phase of The Streets of West Chester.
That second phase already is confirmed to include a new 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops scheduled to start construction this year and open in 2016. The Streets of West Chester opened in 2004 just off I-75’s Union Centre Boulevard interchange. It includes AMC West Chester 18, Barnes & Noble, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chico’s, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank Clothier, LOFT, sMari Designs and other dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Main Event officials confirmed that they are looking in the West Chester area, but said further details have not been determined. Company officials recently submitted an application for a variance from the 25 percent open space requirement to 10 percent. Parking lot coverage required for the site just off Civic Centre Boulevard is 75 percent.
Site plans show a 49,925-square-foot facility on 4.9 acres between Civic Centre Boulevard and Water Front Drive. “We are providing additional parking to help resolve the existing concerns,” reads the company’s application for variance. “Our proposed use is not feasible without the parking we are proposing.”
The West Chester Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to consider the variance request at its May 13 meeting.
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Fort Myers entertainment complex to feature bowling, laser tag, ropes
It's not your father's bowling alley and it may be unlike any bowling center you've ever seen.
HeadPinz Fort Myers, under construction on the west side of Treeline Avenue near the airport, is expected to open in mid-June.
The 50,000-square-foot center is much more of a multi-use entertainment attraction than what keglers at other Southwest Florida bowling locations have experienced.
That's because this location will feature a two-story laser tag arena, a suspended aerial ropes course and an area featuring more than 40 top arcade games.
"There's nothing like it in Florida," said Mike Cannington, director of operations for Bowland Centers. "You have to go to Atlanta or Dallas (or another major city) to find a building that has all these pieces."
Oh, and there's bowling too. The center will have 28 lanes — 16 in a traditional setting, eight in a boutique area with its own bar and four "old time" lanes with pin setting by hand and a vintage look.
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New laser tag venue entertains families and trains law enforcement (IL)
Lake Barrington is now home to one of the most unique laser tag arenas in the U.S.
Battle House, the only three-story tactical laser tag facility in the country, opened last October and has since been attracting families and thrill seekers from Indiana and Wisconsin.
But Battle House has another purpose. The 14,000-square foot play area also serves as a public safety training ground where law enforcement officials train for events like an active shooter or a bomb threat.
Whether it's a birthday party or training for real-life combat, Doug Huckbody, managing partner for Battle House, said everyone has fun.
Huckbody, who has previously served in the military, said he wanted to create an arena that was more realistic than a typical laser tag gym. Ambitious about his new endeavor, Huckbody, with the help of his family, built the play and training area that features buildings made from plywood, stairwells, hallways and varying areas of light and darkness.
Players of all ages can run through the three-story structures, up and down stairs and can shoot out of the many windows in the plywood buildings.
"What we ended up building was a city," Huckbody explained. "There are eight separate buildings here. You're going from light to dark to shades of gray. People love it."
For a military touch, a real Black Hawk helicopter that had previously crashed now sits in the center of the Battle House play arena.
In designing Battle House, Huckbody also incorporated several games for players such as Domination, in which players race each other for control of the numerous domination cubes placed around the arena.
"You've got different teams trying to control different parts of the building," he said "It's an adrenaline rush."
Other games involve a briefcase bomb that teams race to diffuse, a bank robbery game and Rescue Randy, in which players must rescue an injured hostage from inside one of the buildings.
"We had a really good time," said Erik Berg of Fox River Grove, who recently visited Battle House with some friends. "It's almost like playing a video game in real life, so it was really fun in that regard. It was a good workout too."
Birthday parties at Battle House have become very popular and last month, the facility was granted a liquor license for an upstairs lounge area.
Huckbody said weekends are the primary time for families and groups of friends to play, but the arena stays open during the week, mainly for law enforcement training groups.
In December, the McHenry County Jail's rapid response team was the first to use the facility, where they were trained in clearing rooms and hallways. However, Huckbody said, public safety officers also have fun at Battle House.
"It's kind of a blurred line here," he said. "The difference is that it's life and death for these guys. Say there's a shooter in an apartment complex. How do you clear the building?"
Huckbody said because of the various structures that allow individuals to hide and move about, Battle House is a more effective and realistic training ground for law enforcement than a standard shooting range.
"We wanted to do something for the community to give back," he said. "Most people have never even heard of something like this."
Battle House also supplies players with heavier, more realistic guns that shoot infrared light. The guns can be upgraded from semi to fully automatic and for people with disabilities, Battle House provides smaller pistols. All players are fully trained before the games begin.
Huckbody said he decided to open a tactical laser tag facility after many years in a floundering insurance industry. He first experienced tactical laser tag while visiting Milwaukee for his daughters wedding.
"We went to this place in Milwaukee and we had an absolute blast," he said.
Since Huckbody's wife, also in the insurance industry, was having the same difficulties with her job, they decided to invest in something fun, unique and purposeful.
"That day, we decided we were going to take a different route," he said
Beyond Milwaukee, there are similar tactical laser tag arenas in Orlando, Fla., Queens, N.Y., and Fresno, Calif. Huckbody said his son is currently building a similar facility in Wilmington, S.C.
$1.5 million expansion to Idaho Family Fun Park complete
HAYDEN, Idaho – In September 2014 the Triple Play Family Fun Park announced plans for a nearly 9,000 square foot expansion that would cost $1.5 million.
That expansion is now complete, and it includes a new laser tag arena and a rope course that is 32 feet tall.
The new two-level laser tag arena is 3,600 square feet, more than double the size of the old one.
With the new arena, Triple Play said they expect wait times on busy days to reduce from an hour to just 15 minutes.
The rope course is three stories tall and includes platforms, obstacles, and tight ropes. Triple Play said climbers would be safely tethered in, and said there is a mini rope course available for younger children.
Jennifer Ross, the marketing director for the Triple Play Family Fun Park, said the employees are excited about the additions, but they are not stopping there.
"We have big plans for this building," Ross said. "A lot of room to expand in it. The old laser tag arena's now empty so that leaves it open for more fun things," she said.
Triple Play said they are hoping the indoor attractions will give guests more options during the winter.
Ross said even though they are called a family fun park, these attractions are geared towards guests of all ages.
Ross said they expect the laser tag arena to be open by March 20. While the ropes course is slated for March 27.
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Pair of kid-oriented businesses to close (WA)
An arcade that has busied idle hands and a bounce-house business that’s done the same for frantic feet are both closing their doors.
The owners of Aracde-ia and Jumpin’ Jellybeanz each announced plans for closures on their social media pages. Both will leave their locations on different dates in April.
Combined with last summer’s closure of miniature golf course The Sweet Putt, the announcements mark a transition for the trio of family-friendly businesses.
The struggle is more than continuity. In a community that claims to want and need more activities for young people, those who try to answer the call aren’t making it.
Jumpin’ Jellybeanz owners Sean and Alisha Cunha, who announced the closure Monday, said their business will live on for the time being in the form of party rentals and, if all goes well, at another location in the not too distant future.
“We hope very much that this closure will only be temporary and we will have a new location soon,” their Facebook announcement said. “We have several options we are exploring and will keep you updated as our plans finalize. Yes, we have made parking a priority in our search for a new location.”
They will continue renting bounce house units and laser tag after the last day of business April 19 at 16 E. Poplar St. Party-to-go packages are in the works, they said.
The closure at the current location will come about four months after an initial announcement that declining business could shutter the operation. Jumpin’ Jellybeanz exploded in popularity when the play center first opened in February 2012. But that level of business didn’t sustain after the first few months, Alisha Cunha said last December.
Even with an affordable $5 entry fee for kids, the business was more or less a victim of the seasons. When school was out for the summer, it was strangely quiet, compared to the cooler months. But those months weren’t quite enough to sustain the operation.
The couple worked to diversify with teen gatherings that were eventually dismantled when they became out of control. The rentals were added, as was Laser Tag.
The latest change comes three years into the life of the business — the same span for The Sweet Putt when it closed on Wellington Avenue.
Operators of that business described a similar cycle when they announced their closure. Sales started strong. But the seasonality was boggling. The sunnier days they expected to have more people on the outdoor course were practically empty. The cold days had people lined up for the links.
Arcade-ia made it even one year less.
The downtown Walla Walla gaming center that opened in 2013 at 527 E. Main St. will pull the plug after two years. The business’s lease expires April 1, and owners Andrew and Lauri Largent announced Saturday they won’t continue in the spot.
“We were really hoping to be around for a very long time and are sad that we must close,” Lauri Largent said in a subsequent exchange. “We really hate to disappoint everyone, but at this time there are no plans for relocation.”
She said if the opportunity presented itself they would like to reopen.
“I found that people generally like Arcade-ia and were glad we are here, some even love it to death,” she said. “Kids” of all ages found their inner-gamer at the corner spot.
Arcade-ia will honor its reservations, which have been scheduled through April 5. The business will close for the foreseeable future after 7 p.m. that day.
Main Event Entertainment offers games, challenge course, arcade, more (GA)
Want to be part of the fun this weekend? Go to Main Event Entertainment, a family entertainment center.
“Main Event Entertainment is all about fun. It’s a place that encompasses fun in a lot of different ways,” said Sean Arnold, sales manager of Main Event Entertainment.
The two-level, 61,000-square-foot facility offers the ultimate in fun such as state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, gravity ropes challenge course, an arcade with more than 150 games, stylish billiards, full bars and two dining experiences featuring a fast, casual walk up café or a traditional American restaurant with dining room and service staff. High-energy music and numerous TVs add to the experience.
“We are a family entertainment center. We found a great balance to catering to adult clientele and catering to their kids,” Arnold said.
In addition, private meeting rooms can be reserved for companies and businesses or other groups. “We’re certainly a destination for corporate meeting events,” he said.
Main Event Entertainment is a great place for kids, tweens, teens or adult parties. “It’s a fun interactive place where kids or anyone can hang out together,” Arnolds said.
Main Event Entertainment appeals to everyone. “It’s not just bowling or laser tag. It’s more than going to an arcade and restaurant. It’s all of those, bundled together in one location. There’s something for everyone. It’s an all encompassing entertainment venue,” he said.
Main Event Entertainment is at 3101 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 104, Atlanta, near the intersection of Cumberland Boulevard.
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High 5 to hit Lakeway (Texas)
“The idea behind High 5 is for people of all ages to be able to go and be fully entertained by the experience.”-Jennifer Emley
High 5, a family entertainment center featuring 28 bowling lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena, a plethora of games and a full-service restaurant and bar, is being planned as part of the Oaks at Lakeway shopping center that is now under construction.
Owners and operators Scott and Jennifer Emley, who have lived in the Lake Travis area since 2012, haven’t launched a business pursuit like this one before. But they have very capable partners, the Emleys said.
“The person we brought in as our vice president of operations, Tom Funk, he’s the former VP with Brunswick, which has run hundreds of these (types of businesses) across the U.S.,” Scott Emley said. “We recognized that we work really well together, and before we know it we’ve got our VP, our owner rep and our accountant from former Brunswick execs.”
“We have three small children of 8, 5 and 2, and we’ve lived in three different cities and everywhere we went – other locations had a really heavy emphasis on family entertainment,” Scott Emley said. “In the summertime, there’s not much to do, so we got the idea that three are a lot of families with small children and we’ve seen this model be successful. There’s a wonderful opportunity here, not just for great business, but something the community would really enjoy.”
Jennifer Emley said there’s not just stuff for kids to do, but adults as well. The Emleys emphasized they wanted their business to be more upscale than what people typically think of when they think about a family entertainment center.
“The idea behind High 5 is for people of all ages to be able to go and be fully entertained by the experience,” Jennifer Emley said. “Whether you’re a 5-year-old having a birthday party, and you’re there to enjoy the laser tag, or you’re a 40-year-old having a birthday party upstairs, which is more focused on adult patrons. … Upstairs is a little more swanky, higher-end. The menu offers handmade pizzas and handcrafted burgers.”
Stratus Properties is leasing space in the shopping center to various businesses, and partner Jon Andrus said Stratus executives believe High 5 will meet a demand in the Lakeway area.
“High 5 is a great family-oriented entertainment concept that we believe to be well supported by the demographics of the Lakeway community,” Andrus said in an email. “We are very pleased to have them as part of the Oaks at Lakeway.”
Jennifer Emley added the entertainment center will have five private rooms, two on the first floor and three on the second, that can be combined into larger rooms for private events and parties.
Scott Emley said the pad for the building is already down, and the couple expects to “see a lot of progress” within the coming year, but he is hesitant to give an opening date.
“Our kids are excited, but I don’t know if the younger ones have grasped it yet,” Jennifer Emley said. “Our 8-year-old is planning his birthday parties from now until forever.”
Realtor Plans 10,000-square-foot Laser Tag Arena At Airport (Wilmington, NC)
When Doug Huckbody decided he wanted a ruined helicopter, he asked his son for help.
Darek Huckbody, a Realtor with BlueCoast Realty Corp. and former Black Hawk helicopter pilot, told him he’d make some calls.
“We found him a crashed helicopter down in Texas [in a scrapyard],” said Darek, a Wilmington resident whose father lives in Illinois.
The wrecked aircraft serves as a prop in a business the Huckbody family opened in an 11,000-square-foot facility in Illinois in October: Battle House laser tag arena.
Darek served as a kind of military adviser for that Battle House, but this year, he plans to open a Battle House arena of his own in Wilmington, intending to sign a five-year lease for a 10,000-square-foot warehouse building at Wilmington International Airport, if county officials approve the Special Use Permit required.
Approval of the SUP, which will be considered by the New Hanover County Planning Board at its meeting March 5, is necessary for a business categorized as indoor recreation to open on property zoned airport industrial (AI).
Darek, who got his residential real estate license after he left the military in 2010, said finding the kind of space he wanted in northern New Hanover County wasn’t an easy task. He said he thinks the airport property he's considering, 1817-A Hall Drive, could be a good fit if all the details get worked out.
“It’s a great location because everybody knows where the airport is,” he said. “For tourists who come to the area, there’s signs all through the city pointing them to the airport.”
The Huckbody family’s mission to start a laser tag business began because of a wedding in 2010. Darek’s sister was getting married and wanted to find a fun activity for guests beforehand. “It was a completely new and exciting experience for everyone involved,” wrote Doug Huckbody on the Battle House website.
But while the flagship Battle House took several years, the purchase of property and more intense construction before its grand opening last year, the Wilmington facility will be a scaled-down version that could serve as an example for potential Battle House franchises in the future, said Darek, who plans to own and operate the local arena with his wife, Lindsey Huckbody, a physician’s assistant.
He said he estimates he will hire between eight and 10 Battle House employees in the off-season and possibly another six to 12 during the summer months, depending on how busy the Wilmington arena gets. Customers are expected to include families, groups of players, birthday parties and corporate events to participate in missions reminiscent of the video game "Call of Duty." Safety will be a priority, Darek said, just as it is in the Illinois Battle House. Players will have to be 12 years old or older, with the possibillity of some exceptions for birthday party groups, he said.
"It's really geared toward having fun," Darek said.
Several members of the Huckbody family are military veterans, including Darek, who served in Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division and completed two 13-month-long deployments to Afghanistan.
North Ocean City (MD) Amusement Complex Plans To Add Mini-Golf Course, Laser Tag
OCEAN CITY – An amusement complex in north Ocean City looks to expand by adding a second miniature golf course and expanding the arcade building to include laser tag.
A public hearing was held before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday to consider a conditional use permit for the expansion of an existing arcade and miniature golf complex between 145th and 146th streets on the west side of Coastal Hwy. The applicant, Nolen Graves of Golf Ventures LLC, is planning on adding an 18-hole miniature golf course and laser tag building to the site.
The block currently contains a miniature golf course on the northeast corner with a BB&T Bank and its parking on the southeast corner, which has a sandy play area directly to the west. A parking lot running north/south divides the block with an arcade building on the northwest corner and three storage unit warehouses on the southwest corner.
The additional 18-hole miniature golf course will replace the sandy play area and a portion of parking next to the bank and the 4,750-square-foot laser tag building will extend off the arcade building to the south where the three warehouses will be demolished. The existing miniature golf course and parking will remain, with additional parking added to the back of the complex on Sinepuxent Ave.
The only immediate residential neighbors are to the west of the complex across Sinepuxent Ave. The blocks to the north and south are considered commercial as well. In December 2006, the Mayor and City Council approved the conditional use permit based on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s favorable recommendation to allow the operation of the existing arcade. The approval included the stipulations that the hours of operation be the same as the miniature golf course from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., the applicant cannot use any outdoor music or other amplified sounds or display of any flashing or moving lights, and the family amusement center building is sound proofed to keep noise within the building.
In 2008, Graves returned requesting a conditional use be permitted to allow an addition of an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course in place of the warehouses. Based on a favorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Mayor and City Council voted to approve the conditional use including the same stipulations passed in 2006. However, the indoor mini golf was never built.
“The warehouses have been sitting vacant and idle for some time and in 2008 we had hoped they would go away at that time,” Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith said. The warehouses have become a problem over the years, Graves stated, with being illegally used as residences and businesses as well as a dumping ground. According to Smith and Graves’ legal representation, Joseph Moore, the project with be in compliance with parking requirements. The requirements are one space per mini golf hole, which is 36 spaces, one space per five people of the total capacity of the laser tag building, which is 32 players at a time so that comes to about seven spaces, plus 12 spaces for the existing arcade and eight spaces for the existing café, which come to a total of 63 required parking spaces.
Although the operation is allowed to be open until 12:30 a.m. Graves assured that does not typically happen with guests mostly being families with small children the amusements are usually closed by 11 p.m. at the latest.
Graves also testified all lighting will be directed onto the property, and with the laser tag carrying the originally set stipulation of the building having to be soundproofed the operation will have no adverse impact on neighboring properties.
“There is encouragement of amusements in the Town of Ocean City for the purpose of having those facilities available for residents and visitors, and we believe we are fulfilling that,” Moore said of the proposed conditional use in relationship to the Town of Ocean City’s Comprehensive Plan.
Commission member Chris Shanahan expressed concern over the eastern wall of what will be a large steel building being the most visual element of the building. “As far as your eastern elevation, have you considered dressing up the big metal wall,” he asked.
Graves responded he will consider improving the esthetic of the building prior to final site plan approval. He added the building will be hard to see in the summer with the mini-golf courses and surrounding plantings.
Heather Hall, a resident at North Island Condominiums located directly to the west of the complex, said that while she is happy to see the warehouses go, she is concerned over increased activity on west side of the property with the addition of the back parking lot.
“There are three access points to the back parking lot off of Sinepuxent Ave. … we don’t have too much traffic right now but we are concerned we will get a lot of traffic with the parking lot being in the back and traffic having to come in and out of Sinepuxent Ave.,” Hall said. “Currently, there haven’t been any noise complaints but that is because all of the activity is currently on the east side of the complex. With the proposed parking lot being in the back, we will now have people coming in and out of the parking lot until midnight. We are a quiet community, and we like it quiet.”
Commissioner Palmer Gillis pointed out guests will most likely “choose the path of least resistance” and will fill the front parking lot first. Plus, landscaping planted along the west side of the block will provide a buffer between the back parking lot and residences across Sinepuxent Ave.
“It is a good project that will help that end of town in terms of the Comprehensive Plan aiming to add more entertainment … it gets rid of a major eyesore [warehouses], too,” Commission member Lauran Taylor said.
Taylor made a motion to forward a favorable recommendation to the City Council to approve the conditional use permit based on the existing stipulations, limiting the laser tag building to a maximum of 32 players at one time, and if a mezzanine is added, as included in the plans, Graves will have to return to the commission for approval. Shanahan seconded the motion, agreeing with Gillis most guests will park in the front parking lot.
“Given the nature of the business, it sounds like it shuts down fairly early,” he said. “It sounds like he has been a good neighbor and hopefully he can continue to do that.” The commission voted 5-0 to approve with commission members Pam Buckley and Peck Miller absent.
Graves will return to the Planning and Zoning Commission to receive final site plan approval prior to construction.
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Main Event Selects North Fort Worth Site (TX) for DFW Expansion
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center in America, with 19 centers in five states, is excited to announce its newest location in North Fort Worth – a much anticipated arrival of the latest prototype to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
With centers ranging from 48,000 to 75,000 square feet, Main Event is a unique entertainment and dining destination for people of all ages. Attractions include more than 20 state-of-the-art lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena and a challenging gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery with more than 100 interactive and virtual games. Dining options feature a chef-inspired menu, specialty pizzas and a full service bar.
With private rooms, complete with full-service catering and the latest A/V technology, Main Event is the ideal venue for special events such as birthday parties, social gatherings and corporate meetings.
Main Event, which opened six centers in new and existing markets in 2014, has plans to open centers in Fort Worth, Kansas City, Phoenix, Chicago, Orlando, Tulsa, Memphis and Albuquerque by June 2016.
Next generation laser tag business finds home in Lake Barrington (IL)
LAKE BARRINGTON – After an insurance career spent evaluating risk for Fortune 100 companies, Doug Huckbody took a gamble when he launched a tactical laser tag business last fall.
Huckbody, a 55-year-old Bull Valley resident, and his family opened Battle House LLC in an 11,000-square-foot space inside Lake Barrington's RecPlex in late October 2014. They're betting the next generation of laser tag – featuring realistic weapons and tactical team play in video game-style environments – will be big business in the Chicago suburbs.
Fiesta Fun expands; more fun to be had in Utah!
ST. GEORGE – Fiesta Fun is bringing more excitement to the area with a new and bigger facility.
Brett Crockett, Fiesta Fun center owner, said the new facility should be open by Feb. 25, and it boasts 20 bowling lanes, a laser tag arena and more games.
"The old building is 6,000 square feet, and the new one is more than 40,000," he said.
That's nearly seven times bigger, and since most of his customers are locals, Southern Utah residents will reap the benefits, he said.
"We're the guy that people think 'It's Friday night, let's go out and do something;' that's us," he said.
The bowling center will feature lights and music — and the music will be all edited to make it family friendly — and four lanes will be for parties, complete with couches, its own bathrooms, room for catering and a laid-back atmosphere.
Crockett said he and his wife went back East and toured similar facilities so they could get good ideas and make it the best it could be.
The laser tag arena is themed — courtesy of a company called Creative Works — and boasts 4,000 square feet and two stories, he said.
"We are building the customized arena," complete with viewing windows so parents can keep an eye on the children while they are in the arena, Crockett said.
Fiesta Fun will still have a restaurant, but its location on the main level as well as expanded floor plan and menu are more friendly to customers, he said.
"And we are adding 200 parking spaces next to the new facility," he said.
The old building will not be torn down – it will be leased out, Crockett said.
"We have gotten some interest for restaurants," he said.
Whoever leases the building will be able to totally refurbish it, he explained.
"It's going to be nice," he said.
And with 11 acres to work with, Fiesta Fun isn't done growing.
Crockett said they have left room for adding to the miniature golf course or whatever may come into demand.
"We have room to move; we have thought about putting in a motel, too," he said.
Crockett is having fun getting the building done, planning and gearing up the advertising for the center, he said.
"We went outside the box and had custom photos done," he said. "Instead of the usual cheesy pictures, we're going all out with professional photos."
Crockett is encouraging everyone to come in and take look when the building is all done and see what's new and enjoy the more open space with room to move.
"It's going to be fun. It's exciting," Crockett said.
40 arcade games, laser tag and new bowling lanes (Oregon)
After a fire closed Valley Lanes' doors three years ago, owner Terry Pierce thought that was it.
"It was our livelihood," said Pierce, who has owned Valley Lanes with his wife, Kathy Holmes, since 2003 and managed it for years before that. "About a year [after the fire] we thought we didn't want to go back into this business... We tried to sell it twice -- both times both groups backed out at the last minute."
Then a "miracle" happened. Ken Paton, who was hired to sell Valley Lanes, said he'd help breathe life back into the bowling alley. He and an investor from California put in some money to completely transform the decades-old bowling alley into a swanky entertainment facility that offers a laser tag arena, 40 arcade games, a restaurant and bar, all in addition to the original bowling lanes.
Valley Lanes was built in 1960, said Paton, who is now one of the owners of SuperPlay.
"[Valley Lanes] was old and tired and basically competing on price with Sunset and Big Al's, which were much, much nicer," Paton. "I think now we've jumped over them."
Paton said the makeover is intended to attract teens and people looking for a place to hang out.
Family and friends of the owners came out to SuperPlay on Thursday, Jan. 29, to check out the newly renovated facility with free food and games for the night.
"It looks good," said Jennifer Blaese, who said she worked at Valley Lanes more than 17 years ago. "The people are what make or break a good center... I've got confidence they'll do a good job and have good positive people behind the operation."
SuperPlay, located at 9300 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m.
Triple Play expansion to open in March (WA)
Triple Play expands fun park...
A nearly 9,000-square-foot expansion at Triple Play Family Fun Park in Hayden is expected to open in March. The project is adding a larger laser tag arena as well as an indoor ropes course area. Total construction project value is about $1.5 million, said Mike Murphy, Triple Play general manager.
The new laser tag arena replaces a smaller laser tag attraction, and the ropes course will stand 32 feet tall in a three-story space.
Triple Play has about 40,000 square feet of space for family play attractions and another 20,000 square feet for its Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park.
Murphy said Triple Play is its own contractor for work that began in September. The addition is located at the front of the building on the west side. The building activity hasn’t interrupted business, Murphy said.
CES 2015: LYTESHOT WANTS TO BRING LASER TAG TO THE FUTURE
We’re a hell of a long way from the Ultrazone in Madison, Wisconsin.
As a kid who grew up looking forward to those rare birthday occasions where we’d get to pile into a minivan and take a trip to the neon-hell that was a laser-tag arena, seeing what LyteShot is doing with the sport of kings (laser tag’s the sport of kings, right?) is pretty mind-blowing.
The Chicago-based company’s aim is to take what the Wii did for active, immersive gaming and take it outside. The main device you hold in your hand is called the Lyter, which feels like a slightly sturdier version of Nintendo’s Wiimote. The other major component to LyfeShot is the Puck, which acts as the receiver that each player must wear.
At this point, it’s pretty-much on par with what you’d expect from laser tag in 2015. But this is where it goes off the rails and becomes something much more interesting.
We got our hands on a couple of peripherals, which included guns that the Lyters could be inserted into, and wands that could be attached to the end of a Lyter. That second one is important, because there’s a lot more here than just standard laser tag. The wand is part of a game called Besiege, which as you might expect, has a more fantasy approach to it. The player with the wand doesn’t fire off like a normal character. Instead, you have a series of spells that are displayed on your phone, and in order to activate a specific one, you need to gesture the wand a certain way. Once the gyrosensor picks up your correct movements, you’ll be able to fire off a spell.
A major part of LyteShot’s charm is that its developers are completely open with their software and hardware. Folks with 3D printers can create and print off their own peripherals, and those with an itch for game development can create their own gaming experiences with the tools and share them on LyteShot’s online marketplace.
But the differences between this and my late-‘90s trips to Ultrazone kept going. You can pair LyteShot up with Epson’s Moverio glasses, and suddenly you have a gaming HUD right in front of your eyes. The bottom of the glasses displayed a 360 degree map of your surroundings, and clued you in on which direction your opponent was in, and how far away they were. If I looked up while wearing the glasses, an overlay would appear that displayed the current score, time remaining, and other statistics.
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Grand opening Saturday: Tulsa indoor combat sports facility Hard Knocks fires away
Hard Knocks invites people to get their game on with the grand opening this Saturday of its indoor combat sports facility at 6808 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 128, in the Village at Woodland Hills.
From 1 to 8 p.m. that day, the simulated combat entertainment facility will be offering discounted combat laser tag bundles and prize giveaways every hour. Alex Cowan, owner of the Tulsa site, said he’s excited about being able to offer entertainment for adult groups.
“There is not really this kind of environment of entertainment for an adult group. Most of your laser tag is geared to kids,” he said. “Kids are welcome, but it’s also really cool for adults.”
The facility, which will stay open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays will serve beer and wine for adults. “It was personally appealing to me as a place I would go to play and have fun and take my kids to. It’s also different from regular laser tag. You have missions, goals to accomplish in the arena,” Cowan said.
The 22,000-square-foot Tulsa location is one of many Hard Knocks franchises beginning to pop up across the country.
Founded in 2006 in Orlando, Florida, Hard Knocks in addition to the Tulsa site also has two Orlando locations and one in Raleigh, North Carolina, with additional sites currently planned for Jacksonville, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina as well as Oklahoma City.
Business has steadily increased since the Tulsa site’s “soft opening” in October. Cowan said the site employs about 12 people but aims to expand to 15 or 20. “The Tulsa market has received the business really well. They’re off to a great start. They are beating projections,” said Joe Wheeler, president and owner of Hard Knocks. “It’s one of the reasons we’re moving so swiftly to Oklahoma City.”
Wheeler said the goal is to try to open an Oklahoma City location this year.
Combat entertainment is a great choice for corporate team-building events, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, he noted. “The challenge is introducing our brand of combat entertainment to a brand new market,” Wheeler said.
Corporations, for instance, might not come up with combat entertainment as an option for team building because they have a traditional perception of laser tag, Wheeler said.
But Hard Knocks isn’t like a lot of combat entertainment venues where people run around and shoot at one another, promoters say. Instead, participants are divided into teams and engage in missions such as rescuing a hostage, defusing a bomb or stopping a zombie apocalypse.
Hard Knocks offers an advanced form of laser tag that simulates real-world combat, using a variety of realistic weapons that include shotguns, pistols, P90s, MP-5s and SMGs that are adapted from military training.
Teams work in different urban-themed arenas that are set up to look like an office or a warehouse, for example. Combatants use eye-safe infrared weapons that use the same technology as a TV remote control. “It’s realistic. We have military-grade replica guns, and our arenas are life-like,” said Cowan.
New-to-market entertainment concept eyeing Cincinnati
A Dallas-based entertainment concept that combines bowling, laser tag, karaoke, rock climbing and just about any other fun thing you can imagine – along with a bar and grill – is looking at expanding into Cincinnati.
Main Event Entertainment operates 20 locations five states. The closest to Cincinnati is in Chicago. "We think Cincinnati will be a great market for us, for our product. We've been looking at it for some time," Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan told me. "We don't have a firm location to announce, but it's our intent to get to Cincinnati."
Main Event locations typically combine bowling, laser tag, billiards, video game arcades, gravity ropes, rock climbing and karaoke with dining and a bar.
Keegan said one of the locations Main Event has looked at is the Streets of West Chester, but it isn't a done deal yet.
"Our product is kind of a new and different way to present bowling and entertainment," Keegan said. "We think we'd do quite well in Cincinnati."
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Laser Tag Company Sets Up Market Street Battlefield, Headquarters (NC)
The owners of a mobile laser tag business are expanding by opening a base of operations and “battlefield” in space off Market Street, with plans to celebrate their grand opening next week.
Battlefield Live Wilmington, a company started in July last year, will be headquartered at 3910 Market St. in a former daycare facility located in the back of Jones Plaza shopping center, said David Mark Chiprut, operations manager and co-owner with his mother, Magaly Chiprut, general manager.
Chiprut said earlier this week that the company will use what was once the daycare’s playground for a live combat simulation area for walk-in players or customers who want to schedule “missions."
The company, which was inspired by popular video games like "Call of Duty," will continue its mobile operations that serve private events such as birthday parties, corporate team building exercises and wedding rehearsal dinners.
“We’ve been wanting to get one [a physical location] eventually. Unfortunately, it’s difficult trying to get the size we need at an affordable price,” Chiprut said. “This place was the right price, and it allows us to meet the needs of our customers.”
Chiprut said the company leased the facility from David Jones, who was represented in the transaction by brokers Chuck Lydon, senior vice president of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners, and Tyler Pegg, of The CRESS Group of Coldwell Banker Commerical. The building is about 1,100 square feet, Chiprut said, and includes a lounge area, a lobby and Xbox and board games. For its simulated battlefield, the company is using a series of small walls and bunkers, created using pallets.
“We designed it so we can change it as things progress,” Chiprut said.
The equipment, which can simulate up to 69 types of weapons, uses an infrared beam that tags sensors worn by players, who have to be at least 7 years old.
Battlefield Live Wilmington’s grand opening event begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 and continues through Jan. 19.
Cineplex proposed on Salem's Highland Avenue (Salem, MA)
SALEM — A major commercial development is in the works for Highland Avenue — a new family entertainment complex featuring movies, bowling, a sports bar or restaurant, an arcade and possibly laser tag.
At the new PowerPlay, crashing and bashing my cares away
The one-week-to-go frenzy is decking the malls. We’re making our lists, checking them twice, and the feeling it brings isn’t always nice.
Before your holiday spirit wanes and you find yourself pulling out that plastic smile to get through the days, go play. I’m serious. We’re supposed to be merry, spreading love and hanging out with family. Stressing over gifts and decorations and dinner? Don’t do it. Take a break.
On a Saturday, while everyone was shopping, I went to PowerPlay. The entertainment center that has long been in Shawnee quietly opened in the Northland this fall, and it’s ripe for bumper cars, laser tag and the like.
PowerPlay North is tailor-made for the elementary school set, with a miniature roller coaster, Highway 66 Bowling and the Kids Zone. But teens and adults are there to play, too. The wait for Air Hockey is a few games deep, and when the Go-Kart racetrack opens next year, it’s going to be a wild ride.
For us, it was all about the bumper cars and laser maze. Let me be honest. Both attractions look like they were designed for the Lollipop Guild. But that’s all right. The target audience is children. And frankly, the whole point of bumper cars is to bump. I’m not scared to crash into a safely cushioned kid.
In close quarters, bouncing off one another came easy. Seeing 6-year-olds power toward you with all of the aggression and excitement they can muster is a must-experience. The shock on their faces when you openly steer into their attack for a head-on collision: priceless.
If you want something a little more hard-core, head to WhirlyBall (think lacrosse meets bumper cars) at the Shawnee location. My 18-year-old “little sister” had just as much fun as me rushing into the itty-bitty bumper car committee. We even let them trap us in the middle of the room, going bump-crazy. I’m telling you, happy kids are the cure-all for holiday blues.
Laser Maze? That’s an entirely different craze. You’re in a dark room, lit with a spider web of neon-green lasers. The goal is to get in and out of the room without touching a single beam of light, breaking the laser. Basically, it’s the game of life.
I tried my best to work my way over and through the green lines. It was not as sexy as Catherine Zeta-Jones made it seem in “Entrapment.” There was no Sean Connery to walk me through it.
Instead, I had the 18-year-old. After she broke two, she said we should make a new goal of destroying them all. And this is why you should keep teens around. They teach you how to see the victory in a loss.
That’s the beauty of PowerPlay, period. When you’re surrounded by the future, you aren’t thinking about the past. You’re simply enjoying the gift of the present.
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Children and adults alike can enjoy the innovative laser tag arena at Valencia Laser Blast (CA)
Co-owners Rick and Jennifer Grassi created the 5,000 square foot arena with several unique features designed to provide laser tag players of all ages with a one-of-a-kind experience.Valencia Laser Blast Offers Innovative Arena, Laser Tag Fun For All Ages
“I didn’t want it to be cookie cutter,” said Rick Grassi. “A lot of the places you go to– even though you can still have fun –there’s obstacles where you can go in one of four places and hide for awhile. I told the designer that I wanted no place, no corner, no angle to be the same and he did that.”
The arena also includes mirrors ideal for “ricochet shots,” which Grassi says is not a common feature in most laser tag arenas.
“It’s an intense laser tag arena,” said Jennifer Grassi. “Even the adults have played. They come and they really notice it because it’s bi-level with lots of different angles and places to hide. It’s fun because when you’re in there, you do have a chance to actually strategize and play the game the way the game should be played.”
Valencia Laser Blast was also designed to be a safe place for children so parents can relax during birthday parties or an afternoon of laser tag, according to the Grassis.
“You can sit out front, be hooked up to wifi and relax,” said Jennifer Grassi. “You know where your kids are at every single point in time; you can always see them… When you have two (kids) and they’re going in opposite directions, now you don’t have to worry. You can see there’s one way in, you know where everybody is.”
Valencia Laser Blast Offers Innovative Arena, Laser Tag Fun For AlWhen children or adults aren’t playing laser tag, they can enjoy a combination of “modern redemption-based” games and video games in the arcade, which is space themed.
Also following the space theme are the party rooms, which Jennifer Grassi said are “as if you’re in your own space shuttle.”
In addition to children’s parties, Valencia Laser Blast also hosts adult parties and corporate team-building parties.
Selectmen grant licenses for Laser Craze (MA)
Westborough – Two vacant storefronts are about to get new tenants after new businesses were given the green light to open by selectmen Dec. 9.
The board voted unanimously to approve both common victualer’s and entertainment licenses for Laser Craze, at 180 Milk St., which is the West Meadow Plaza.
That business, which owner Gregory Hughes described as a “family entertainment center” is expected to open sometime in January “if all goes well,” Hughes said.
The new location, inside the former Ocean State Job Lot storefront, will be the company’s third – after locations in Woburn and North Andover – and its largest to date, he said.
In addition to a multi-story laser tag arena, the facility will offer inflatable activities for younger children, a pizza cafe and a token-operated arcade with up to 30 games and devices. Offering birthday parties and other group events, the facility is expected to be open seven days a week. “Adults like it as much as kids,” Hughes told the board.
The Planning Board approved the Laser Craze proposal last summer.
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Solano County (CA) Supervisors approve golf course idea, nix paintball/laser tag plan
The possibility of a paintball and laser tag operation moving into a portion of the soon-to-be-closed golf course at the Solano County Fairgrounds didn't sit well with county supervisors.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors agreed late Tuesday that the Joe Mortara Golf Course at the fairgrounds, which sits adjacent to Interstate 80, should close by the end of the year, but were hesitant to move forward with a concept plan for a paintball and laser tag operation for a portion of that site. A motion made by Supervisor Jim Spering to, in concept, move forward with negotiations failed with a 2 to 3 vote. Spering and Supervisor Skip Thomson supported to the motion.
"I'm a little concerned about looking toward a paintball operation," said Supervisor John Vasquez. "I do have one up in the fourth district. It's not very sightly and there isn't much you can do to cover it up. I do have lots of concerns about what that looks like from the street. Certainly I don't think we want to (support) an operation that shows people running around shooting at each other. I think Vallejo already has enough of that."
Supervisor Erin Hannigan then pointed to the fatal shooting incident at a restaurant on Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo Tuesday that left one dead and another in critical condition. The location, JJ Fish & Chicken, was also the scene of a multiple shooting in October of 2013 where three people were injured.
Supervisor Linda Seifert agreed with Vasquez and said paintball was her least favorite idea and an activity that promotes violence.
"It sends a bad message," she said.
The board did unanimously approve to close the golf course and allow the fair association would deem surplus materials from the golf course and the surrounding race track that cannot be repurposed for other fairgrounds operations. Meanwhile, a significant portion of the golf course is slated for demolition during Phase 1A of the Solano 360 Revitalization Project. The timing of this demolition, according to staff, would be in the next three to five years, depending on the progress of various environmental clearances associated with the project.
The fair association is recommended the closure of the golf course by the end of 2014 because "the golf course has been losing money for several years" and the budget can no longer afford to subsidize the operations of the golf course, staff reported.
Additionally, the board unanimously approved the execution of a new contract with Municipal Resource Group, the former project manager, in an amount not to exceed $44,000, to assist staff with the issuance of a Request for Qualifications for a potential master developer to coordinate and develop the private purpose areas of the revitalization project.
Staff also is recommending that a contract with First Carbon Solutions, formerly Michael Brandman Associates, to provide environmental services for Solano360 for an additional $71,000.
Funding for the contracts was previously approved by the board as part of an a $4.9 million loan from the county's general fund to the Solano360 project.
The board also agreed to extend the fair's contract with the county an additional two years to manage and operate the county fairgrounds until Jan. 31, 2018. The existing agreement expires Jan. 31, 2016.
Stephen Pierce, a senior management analyst for Solano County, will take over as general manager of the Solano County Fair starting Monday, replacing Mike Paluszak, who has served as fair general manager for the last six years and recently accepted a job as chief executive officer of the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center in Salem, Ore.
Pinballz Kingdom (Buda, TX)
After about three years of building a brand that garnered a devoted customer base in Austin, Darren Spohn decided it was time to go big in Buda.
Building on the success of Austin’s Pinballz Arcade in the city’s suburbs as opposed to expanding within Austin perhaps goes against the grain of most small-business owners with high aspirations. However, Spohn said Buda was the right fit for what is shaping up to be the flagship location for his entertainment enterprise.
“This property was a good investment decision, but the majority of it was a gut feel,” Spohn said. “It’s just what was needed here, and that gut feel paid off for us.” The Buda location, known as Pinballz Kingdom as opposed to Austin’s Pinballz Arcade, opened in September. The 13,000-square-foot arcade floor features 150 games in total, including video and ticket redemption games as well as pinball machines.
Located on the site of the former Dorsett truck stop, which had been vacant almost a decade, Pinballz Kingdom retains the exterior of the truck stop. Before the Spohns arrived and made significant improvements to the property, “it was nasty,” he said.
He said the ceiling fans had melted, the kitchen was in disrepair and the space that now houses an office was a chicken coop.
“I could just see when we walked through ... this place being a wonderful, cool place,” he said. “We just had to have the vision to turn around and do it.”
The company received a $62,000 economic incentive deal from the Buda Economic Development Corp. in July. The funds went toward permit fees, infrastructure improvements and upgrades to both the interior and exterior of the building on the condition that Pinballz Kingdom create 25 full-time jobs with an average wage of $12.50 an hour and generate more than $100,000 in sales tax revenue for the city through 2020.
Spohn said the business employs 43 people in Buda and is slated to hire at least seven more by the end of the year.
In addition to its arcade floor, entertainment attractions currently include tactical outdoor laser tag, which Spohn’s 16-year-old son runs on the weekends, and an outdoor music venue. The 2-acre laser tag course is one of the largest in Texas, Spohn said.
Pinballz Kingdom is also an official site for University of Texas football away games. With support from radio station KVET 98.1 FM, the location hosts watch parties for the football games, and afterward musicians perform on the business’s outdoor stage.
A bar and outdoor seating area are located in front of the entrance to the building. Outside the eastern part of the building is a beer garden with an undeveloped portion Spohn said will receive additional German-themed amenities.
In all, the property sits on 13 acres. During Phase 2 of construction, Spohn plans on rolling out miniature bowling lanes and a go-kart track. Further into the future, the business could add miniature golf and a zip line, he said.
Spohn said his “gut-feeling” investment in Buda has been validated by the feedback from customers who say the area has been starved for an entertainment venue. “I think the area is underserved for entertainment right now because of my customers that come to me and say, ‘Thank God you finally brought something here,’” he said.
Pinballz Kingdom has spaces for various types of parties and events. Large events, such as wedding receptions and corporate events, are held in areas that can accommodate more than 1,000 people. Other areas accommodate parties of 10–50 people. Prices start at $12.99 per guest for parties of 10 people. Adult and children’s packages are available. www.pinballzkingdom.com/parties-events
Main Event Entertainment Brings Fun to Oklahoma on Black Friday
OKLAHOMA CITY — Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing family entertainment center in America, will open its first Oklahoma location in Oklahoma City on Nov. 28, providing a fun alternative to Black Friday shopping. The new center, located at 1441 W. Memorial Road at John Kilpatrick Turnpike, is Main Event’s 19th location nationwide.
The 57,000-square-foot entertainment center showcases Main Event’s unique “Eat.Bowl.Play.” offering, with more than 20 cutting-edge lanes that redefine the bowling experience, while multi-level laser tag provides a heart-pounding, music-filled adventure. The gravity ropes course features a swaying bridge, tightrope walking and sky treks, all suspended over the game room, with more than 125 interactive video games.
Other attractions include top-notch dining with chef-inspired menus, a full bar, billiards and private rooms with Wi-Fi and A/V capabilities for birthday parties and corporate events.
“With our Black Friday opening, we hope to provide Oklahoma City families and friends with a fun way to connect, have fun and create memories during the long holiday weekend and beyond,” said Main Event Entertainment CEO Charlie Keegan. “We look forward to being a part of the Oklahoma City community and partnering with schools, local companies and other organizations that make this town a great place to live.”
As part of the grand opening festivities, the Oklahoma City Main Event will donate $5,000 in cash and free center visits to the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County to further the club’s goals and provide the kids with an opportunity to experience all that the center has to offer.
The new center brings more than 160 jobs to the community. Job opportunities are still available for food and beverage servers, game attendants and electronic technicians. Applications are being accepted at www.mainevent.com/oklahoma-city.
Through Jan. 4, the center will open at 9 a.m. daily for holiday hours. Those who want to give the gift of fun this season can buy Main Event FUNcards at the center and get a free $10 Bonus FUNcard with every $25 purchase.
Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment, described as “unrivaled in quality” by industry analysts, is growing rapidly. The Oklahoma City center is the company’s sixth location to open this year.
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Enter The Zone: New Entertainment Complex Opens In Ashburn (VA)
Six years ago, Loudoun resident Kamal Gill and his family went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s, and came away unimpressed.
“That experience wasn’t what it should be,” Gill said. “That started my thought process of, places like that need to appeal to all ages.”
Gill has been chasing that dream ever since, resulting in The Zone, a family entertainment facility that opened Monday at 43811 Central Station Drive, Suite 100, in Ashburn at the rapidly developing Loudoun Station.
“We like to say we’re for ages 6 to 66,” said Gill, who’s The Zone CEO and formerly worked for real estate giant BF Saul. “The quality of our offerings sets us apart, and the type of our offerings. It’s not often you’ll find this mix of activities together.”
Those offerings include a four-lane bowling area complete with a projection screen, a contemporary sports bar that has 12 beers on tap ranging from Devil’s Backbone to Lost Rhino, a 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena, a 100-seat outdoor patio and 37 arcade games that appeal to both adults and children and operate using swipe cards. The fresh food options range from burgers and wings to specialty salads and handcrafted pizzas, as well as several appetizer options.
“I definitely think once the word gets out there that this place is open, we’re going to have a lot of business,” supervisor Ashlyn Kimble said Monday. “Even today we were crazy busy on the first day, especially with school out.”
Kimble, a 20-year-old Sterling resident, previously worked at Laser Nation in Sterling, but noted that that laser tag arena “doesn’t even compare to the one here.” Kimble also said she had already noticed more adults playing games than the kids, especially those who came for a couple drinks at the bar and have the flexibility to play arcade games just a few feet away.
Gill believes The Zone, which also can accommodate breakfast and lunch business meetings with five upstairs rooms complete with televisions, can tap into a specific market that doesn’t have much presence in the area.
“We do not have a concept of this size or magnitude in the area,” Gill said. “The closest one was the Dave and Buster’s in Rockville that closed down. The next nearest competitor we think, in this style, is the Dave and Buster’s in Baltimore. We like to call this Dave and Buster’s on steroids—if you look at the high-end finishes and quality activities, there’s a difference.”
Gill said he hopes The Zone can be used for meetings, business planning, team-building events and holiday birthday parties on top of the expected evening and weekend usage. He also hopes to host spirit nights and fundraisers for area schools, with a percentage of the events’ profits going back to that participating organization.
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Commission gives OK for laser tag (Racine, WI)
RACINE — The Racine Plan Commission recommended approving a local businessman’s request to allow laser tag and video games in his building — if he obtains the necessary City permits and provides adequate parking.
George Stinson, who did not attend the meeting, previously obtained a conditional-use permit to open an indoor flea market at 1325 16th St. which had been home to his former company, General Assemblers and Converters.
It has taken Stinson longer than he’d hoped to get the operation open, partly because he has so far not satisfied City parking requirements, obtained all the permits he needs, nor lined up as many vendors as he’d wanted.
Stinson sought, and obtained, a conditional-use permit for a daily flea market with up to 200 vendors, subject to a list of conditions that included providing an adequate number of parking spaces. When he did not, City staff reduced his maximum vendor number to 20 until he was able to arrange for more parking.
The staff recommendation Wednesday was for up to 35 vendors with a requirement for 80 parking spaces to accommodate the flea market, laser tag and video game room.
However, Stinson recently wrote to the City saying he has only lined up five flea market vendors and said after the meeting, referring to the flea market, “I may discontinue it.”
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Landing Zone gaming center opens to the public
The Landing Zone, an advanced laser tag facility outside Lancaster at 403 Granite Run Drive, opened to the general public over the weekend. It had previously been open for private events only.
The 22,000-square-foot center features live-action laser games with a 13,000-square-foot gaming area that can be reconfigured for various types of combat games. There is also a cafe, The Arsenial Grill, as well as several party rooms.
Landing Zone is owned by Terence O’Conor, Jeff Thornton and David Wood. They have about 40 employees.
On Monday and Tuesday, the facility is open for private events only.
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Northern Air center opens new laser tag arena (North Dakota)
The Northern Air Family Fun Center revealed its new laser tag arena on Thursday. To break in the new facility, it offered free sessions at their location east of Hugo’s on 32nd Ave South.
Located upstairs adjacent to the arcade center and the already popular trampoline park, the laser tag area was still in the process of being setup. In a few months, once everything is running smoothly, it will look a lot better.
Once I arrived there, I went upstairs to the event area and waited in the holding area, a place where people who are waiting to play can watch the people who are already playing and see the layout of the arena.
Once the round is over, the players gather in a room where the laser tag phasers are and learn about the game from an instructional video as the employees will guide players through the process.
The instructional video guides you through the general rules of the game, which includes no running, no contact with the others players and when firing the phaser, use it no less than five feet away.
The phaser mechanics work by placing your non-firing hand under the barrel to activate the weapon and to fire the weapon. The target areas are the chest, the back, the shoulders and two sensors on the phaser, one on the barrel and one in direct line of the laser beam.
Once assigned either a red or blue color, the red team gathers within the arena to hide or to plan a strategy. Soon after the red team enters, the blue team does. The gold team is the employees and are denoted by the yellow lights adorning their vest and the phaser.
Once in the arena, players have roughly 15 minutes to acquire as many points as possible for their team. Also, there is a central base where players can shoot at it momentarily within the match and acquire either points or powerups; these powerups include either a rapid fire or a point increase per target.
The player also has a shield attached to them which has a health of 100. Each time the player is shot, it will reduce by a set amount. Once the shield is depleted, it will grant the player temporary immunity for around ten seconds.
Once the round is over, players exit the arena and hang up their equipment to be recharged. They will also see their scores based on their teams and different statistics such as, most accurate player, most trigger happy player and best player, out of all three teams.
The laser tag will be a great addition to the already awesome trampoline park, which is fun for all ages for the years to come.
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MacEwan University demolishes old Laser Quest building to make room for Student Association facility
What was once a haven for laser tag is now not much more than a pile of rubble, as the MacEwan University’s student association plots to build a brand new facility strictly for students.
The former Laser Quest building on 109 Avenue and 105 Street came crashing down Wednesday to make room the Student Association building on MacEwan University campus.
“It’s going to be a place where memories are made,” said SAMU president, Cam McCoy. “It’s going to be a hub on campus, but really, in a sense, it’s going to be a living room for students.”
ccording to McCoy, SAMU has saved 10 years for the building, which is expected to open in 2018 following the opening of the university’s new Centre for Arts and Culture.
“Students are excited to be a part of this process and we’re excited to hear from them,” McCoy said, adding students will help lead the design of the facility.
MacEwan University president David Atkinson said it was time for the “unsightly” Laser Quest building to go, as the institution continues to make more space for learning north of the downtown campus.
“A critical piece in all of this is to have the type of facility our students want, and perhaps more important that they deserve,” said Atkinson.
The university continues to consolidate its campuses around the city, having shut down the Mill Woods campus this year.
“This is another small, nonetheless important step as MacEwan continues this adventure of going from being one kind of institution to another one,” Atkinson added.
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Laser Tag is Back! Virtual Sports Media Day
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Media showcase for Virtual Sports’ new recreational entertainment facility set to take place Thursday, September, 25th.
Come experience everything Virtual Sports has to offer! Virtual Sports will host media for photo/video opportunities, a few rounds of gameplay, and an in-depth tour of the 28,000 sq. ft. facility, including detailed explanations of the scoring system and online components of ICOMBAT, and an up close and personal look at the equipment.
Laser Tag never felt this real... Virtual Sports, one of iCOMBAT’s first licensees in the NW, are finally ready to open their doors to the public! Virtual Sports promises an experience unlike any other; an immersive simulated-battle experience with realistic weapons, collaborative and team based gameplay, all within a dazzling indoor environment.
Located near Tukwila’s southcenter, Virtual Sports has taken a 28,000 square foot warehouse and outfitted the interior with 3 maze-like arenas, a leisure areas for guests and patrons, a beer/wine bar, and rotating concessions featuring some of the region’s most favored food trucks.
ICOMBAT, the original purveyors of this immersive simulated-battletech, have a number of successful licensees across the nation. They also provide equipment and infrastructure to several Law Enforcement Agencies for training purposes. In collaboration with ICOMBAT, Virtual Sports has finally brought this futuristic form of indoor laser-tag to the Northwest for guests of all ages to enjoy. Laser Tag is Back...
Fort Collins welcomes new laser tag arena
For Fort Collins laser tag enthusiasts, Chipper’s Lanes recently opened a two-story laser tag arena.
The new addition to Chipper’s Lanes includes the newest technology in laser tag, meaning more accurate guns, more receptive targets and an overall better experience.
“My favorite part is that the arena is two floors,” said Neal Harris, an employee at Chipper’s Lanes. “When the fog is on and the music is going, it creates a really cool feel, especially with lasers shooting everywhere.”
This new laser tag arena has been designed and airbrushed as the “mysterious planet ChipTAR; a land of adventure to battle on a deadly but beautiful alien planet,” according their website.
Forget your basic black walls, this arena has been decked out to create a desert, alien looking enclosure, with even Chipper dressed as a space warrior. The design adds to the atmosphere and creates more camouflage for participant.
“We wanted it to appeal to boys, girls, and to be family friendly,” said Phil Carpenter, marketing director for Chipper’s Lanes. “We wanted to get away from themes like zombies.”
Groups as big as six people will split into two teams and they will face off against each other. Each person gets a vest with a gun attached. All of the vests have different characters, such as Deadpool or Loki.
The area is dark save for backlights and lasers circling along the walls. Each team has a base to protect. There a certain targets along the walls players can hit for more points. Ramps lead to the second floor, which presents an advantage to shoot other players down below.
At the end of the round, players receive a printout showing their individual and team statistics and rankings. A player can tell how many times they tagged others, their accuracy and number of shots fired.
“We wanted to provide more value to our customers,” Carpenter added. “This is something our customers have been looking for and an addition from which Fort Collins could benefit.”
It is open seven days a week and most days prices range from $6-$8 per round, depending on the time or day. Wednesday afternoons are half price.
“It gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights,” said Harris. “I’ve seen people of all ages play: adults, parents with their kids, teenagers. It’s great because people can switch off between bowling, laser tag, and the arcade. It has been a big hit so far.”
HeyDay First in Oklahoma to offer laser maze
This September, HeyDay will introduce Oklahoma’s first Laser Maze attraction where players will duck, bend and balance on one leg to navigate through the labyrinth of lasers like undercover agents from their favorite spy movie. The Laser Maze will open to the public in conjunction with the grand reopening of the entertainment venue that will add 24 bowling lanes and an upscale, full-service bar. “We’re really excited to be the first ones in the state to offer our customers a Laser Maze experience,” said Brad Little, HeyDay co-owner and founder. “Starting September 15, we will give guests of all ages the chance to feel like they are action stars while putting their mental and physical agility to the test.” Laser Maze competitors will have the chance to play independently or in a cooperative team of two. With a multitude of combinations for success, no two games will be alike. It offers an interactive and unique form of gaming as participants will not merely control the game from the touch of a button, but they will truly be in the game. The arrival of a Laser Maze is only one of many updates to the best place in the Oklahoma City metro for fun. HeyDay’s renovation to its existing facility will offer new experiences for every visitor. With 24 lanes of bowling, remodeled laser tag, miniature golf, ropes course, a larger arcade and delightful dining options, every age and type of group will have something to enjoy at HeyDay.
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Largest Tactical Laser Tag Arena in Alabama Opens: 50K sq. ft. modeled after Nuke Town from a Video
Largest Tactical Laser Tag Arena in Alabama Opens: 50K sq. ft. modeled after Nuke Town from a Video Game.
The smell of fresh cut grass, the sun waking up, peering over the horizon. A great day to go do something. The perfect day to bring your family out to Mobile, Alabama’s New Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag Park. Opened on Jun 14, 2014 and catering to the families of Mobile County Alabama. Battle City USA Outdoor Laser Tag Park is now open 2pm-8pm on the weekends.
Outdoor laser tag? I thought laser tag was played in dark arenas with bright lights and loud music. At least until I saw Battle City laser tag property in Irvington Alabama. I learned that outdoor laser tag allows players to play games from popular video games such as capture the flag, Search and Destroy and many others. Battle City laser tag offers five game types and will be adding domination along with others to the menu in late August.
“Our new Urban combat course will be completed by the 1st of September. We’re adding a few new buildings to the current 16,500 square foot outdoor arena. That will push our arena to over 25,000sq. ft. making it the largest laser tag arena in Alabama.” Said Owner Stan Corley a 40 year old Native of Mobile County.
The past month Stan Corley and his guys have been busy putting together a layout that mimics the famous Nuke Town map made popular by video games Call of Duty Black Ops and Call of Duty Black Ops 2. The layout is full of walls, bunkers and buildings as you look on from the sideline. You can clearly make out the bus represented by a large 6ft by 20 ft wall in the center of the arena. And the Moving truck, Humvee and nuke town sign. Sightlines bring a familiar feel as you look the course over.
“Along with the completion of the Urban Combat Course we are expecting a second outdoor laser tag system to arrive from eCombat. This will increase our inventory allowing us to have a fully mobile set-up ready for home birthday parties, fundraisers and event set-ups at all times. Along with the new eCombat system at our park, Battle City aims to provide customers the best Tactical Laser Tag experience possible.” He added.
So get outside Mobile. Hop in your vehicle, Hit I-10 to the Bayou Dawes exit, make your way to 11348 Bayou La Batre Irvington Hwy and play some laser tag. Fun for families, groups of friends, youth groups, youth team fundraising, corporate team building and more. Get in the fun by visiting www.battlecityusa.com or call 251-40two-8656
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Outdoor laser tag arena opens (Newberry, FL)
Water droplets fell from the trees as the red team discussed its strategy. “Who’s the fastest runner?” someone yelled. “Are you positioned right? I’m gonna cover you,” someone else said.
After a few minutes, the referee yelled, “Go, go, go!”
A few moments of silence passed, then the woods filled with the automated sound effects of gun shots as the two teams tried to capture each other’s flag. After about 15 minutes, the referee declared the game over.
The red team was defeated miserably, but in spite of the loss, the players had no marks, welts or bruises indicating where they were shot.
The reason: They were playing laser tag. These players, as well as their opponents, were some of the first to play at M2 Battlesports’ new location at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex at 24880 NW 16th Ave., which opened for public sessions on Saturday. M2 Battlesports’ original location is in Waldo. For $18, a player receives up to two hours of playing time on the 17-acre pine forest playing field — complete with barricades, bunkers and blackberry bushes. Owner Richard Dreher said he also plans to install lighting in the future for night games. There are a wide variety of gun choices; all shoot accurately for 1,200 feet — which are detected by sensors worn on headbands — but some shoot at a faster rate, while others inflict more damage. Dreher is currently working on a laser tag version of a .50 caliber machine gun for future use. “The best part of the job is playing with the toys,” Dreher said.
The entire M2 Battlesports package can also be transported and set up at a private session. Dreher said there was even a game held in front of Library West at UF last winter.
Peyton Agliata, a 16-year-old from High Springs, said one of the best parts of playing at M2 Battlesports is there isn’t any pain involved, as opposed to paintball or airsoft.
“I like it because you don’t get hit, obviously, but you get the same adrenaline rush,” she said. Rich Hibner, a 31-year-old Gainesville resident, said laser tag is appealing to a broader range of people because it’s intense enough for adults and college students but young children and families can still play.
“Young kids can play because they don’t have to worry about getting hit,” Hibner said. “But then again, it can also be appealing to the enthusiast.”
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Fun center planned in Grand Forks, ND
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An arcade, laser tag and mini-golf business is planned for the space between Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Planet Fitness on South Washington Street.
Zar’s Fun Center will occupy the 7,800 square-foot space, which is the former site of Leevers grocery store at 715 South Washington St.
Jamey Summers, who opened the Ju Ju Sweets at 1911 S. Washington St. last year with her sister Tracy, is helping open Zar’s. She said she’s not sure when it would open and construction hasn’t started yet.
Summers said Ju Ju Sweets, which has been closed since April, would also move into the Zar’s space.
Laser tag celebrates 30 years during Laurel, MD event.
Their hair is thinner, grayer, and their waistlines have expanded. They aren't as fast on their feet anymore, either. But on this, the 30th birthday of Photon, the first commercial laser tag game, they are all teenagers again.
They arrived in Laurel from California and Washington state and everywhere in between. More than 100 players who were teammates and rivals in tournaments all over the country in the 1980s gathered at XP LaserSport in Laurel for a weekend of games and memories.
Players who had known each other by their gaming names and their reputations put on the heavy helmets and the cumbersome battery pack belts to play the way they did when George Carter — who was also on hand — invented the game. They resembled the bounty hunter in Star Wars and the battery packs looked like World War I ammunition belts.
The first laser tag facility opened on this weekend in Dallas in 1984 and franchises popped up all over the country, including in Baltimore. The game has changed along with the science, but this weekend was definitely old school.
"We collected the equipment from everywhere," said Marc Mueller, general manager of XP LaserSport. "We found it on eBay and I've collected them from places that had closed down in Dallas, Chicago and Tulsa."
Mueller refurbished the vintage equipment for use this weekend. All the players agreed the modern equipment is very cool and very slick, but it can't hold a candle to the old stuff. "It's very nostalgic for us," said Tracy Snow of Louisville, Ky. She works in the insurance industry there. "This is the stuff I learned to play on." She gave herself the name Thunder when she started playing at 15. That was 27 years ago. She calls herself Artemus now, "Greek goddess of the hunt."
"There's a lot of good equipment now but it isn't built for the team game," said Dave Holcomb, of Fairfield, Calif. His game name is Outryder and he is 49 now and his knees aren't too good. He flew in to see his brother, Mike, who drove up from Williamsburg, Va. They were teammates in Oklahoma as kids, where they met Chris Parrish, known as 23.
"I haven't seen Chris since 1989," said Holcomb.
Parrish flew in with his son, Aidan, from Bainbridge Island, off the coast of Washington, where he is a software developer. On the journey, he tried to instruct the 11-year-old in the rules and fine points of the game, and the scores flashing on the screen above the darkened gaming maze suggested that the boy had absorbed the lessons. He was holding his own.
"I grew up at the facility," said Parrish. His parents would let him spend hours there on weekends, running off steam. He had his wife's blessing for this trip into the past. "We'll probably get in 20 games before it is all said and done," he said.
Since its invention — creator Carter was inspired by the Star Wars movies — laser tag has become a staple of the family amusement industry, with an estimated 3,000 fixed and mobile facilities worldwide that bring in about $700 million in combined annual sales, according to the Laser Tag Museum in Louisville, Ky.
The 7- to 15-year-olds who play laser tag today play it as a kind of free-for-all, perhaps at a birthday party. Back in the day, however, Holcomb and his brother and Parrish were part of a team of at least 10 players of teens and 20-somethings. They practiced and ran set plays. There was strategy and finesse. The lobby in Mueller's laser tag field is decorated with framed jerseys of the great players and memorable tournaments.
Some young local players were there during the weekend to play with and against these veterans and to get the feel of the old-time gear. For most of the players, however, this was a reunion weekend. "I came to meet up with people I have known and played against since 1988," said Dan Moreno, a 43-year-old accountant from Germantown who looked as fit and game-ready as he might have 25 years ago. "I have to say the technology is better today, but the game isn't."
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BeauCARE to host Laser Tag grand opening (LA)
BeauCARE will officially launch its Laser Tag program this weekend at West Park and Veterans Park with games for the whole family.
The DeRidder City Council in April approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with BeauCARE that aims to bring recreational events to DeRidder under the management of BeauCARE and with assistance from the city — the purchase and management of portable Laser Tag equipment was a key component of that agreement.
"For us, this program has multiple agendas — recreation, fun, and fitness for our community year-round, but also as something that will draw people to our community from surrounding parishes and East Texas," BeauCARE Executive Director Annette Duplechin said. "It’s a win-win for our agency — fulfilling our mission while providing employment opportunities, revenue for both us and the community, and unlimited growth potential for continued recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages."
On Friday, July 25, open tag games will be available at West Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. On Saturday, July 26, open tag games will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. at Veterans Park.
Players must 5 years old or up, and those under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Open tag daytime costs will be $2 per player for 30 minutes, $5 per player for one hour and a $25 Day Pass for unlimited play. Open Tag nighttime costs will be $5 per player for 30 minutes and $10 per player for one hour.
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National laser tag tournament to be held in Utah
PROVO — In case you have been practicing for years and have been waiting for your time to shine, your moment has arrived — a national laser tag tournament is going to be held in Utah.
The 18th Laser Storm National Laser Tag Tournament will be held in Provo August 14-17, according to Provomayor.com. The national championship will be sponsored by Laser Assault located at 264 N. 100 West. The tournament will showcase teams from all over the U.S. who want to compete for the national title.
The teams consists of five people who are willing and ready to run through darkened tunnels and dodge laser beams. The national championship is open to anyone who wants to join — yes, that’s right. The title could be yours for the taking.
This year's tournament will be differ from previous Laser Storm Nationals in that multiple events will be hosted rather than a single format round-robin, according to lasersport.com. The tournament will maintain the standard format for one round-robin event with the finals set up as a double-elimination bracket.
If you and four people you know think you are up to the challenge or want a taste of the glory, you can register by contacting Laser Assault at 801-374- 3400.
Thunderzone Family Fun offers go-cart racing and more
Inspired by a rock song, Thunderzone Family Fun offers racing, laser tag, cosmic golf and more at 2769 N. Frankford Ave.
Cindy Hickman, the owner of Thunderzone, purchased it from Dave Lewis in January. Previously it was known as Dave’s Need4Speed.
“It took us a while to decide if we wanted to change the name,” Hickman said. Because the old name caused confusion, she decided to start fresh.
The name “Thunderzone” is inspired by her son’s racing go-carts, which say “Thunderstruck” on the back, she said, named for the AC/DC song.
“I wanted it to say family fun so they realize it’s not just go-carts. We have laser tag, we have cosmic golf, dirt track simulators. We have an arcade and snack bar. It’s not just racing,” Hickman said.
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Las Vegas Laser Tag Company Upgrades to New Guns for Added Fun
Warehouse Wars, the ultimate five-level, 4,500 square-foot laser tag experience in Las Vegas, announced today that it has replaced its laser tag guns with cutting-edge weapons from Delta Strike.
Delta Strikes laser tag guns are designed for superior reliability and performance, guaranteeing a fun, exciting laser tag session without technical or mechanical hiccups. The guns feature innovative, cutting-edge designs with features ranging from comfort handles to LCD displays to enhanced target sighting to forward-facing speakers that let the enemy know they've been thwarted.
"We can't wait for our customers to try out our new equipment," said Tracy Eliason, owner of Warehouse Wars. "Players are going to immediately notice the difference with the new guns; the game is just much more intense and exciting than ever before."
The new Delta Strike equipment is just part of what makes Warehouse Wars the most unique and exciting laser tag experience in Las Vegas. A 4,500 square-foot warehouse made of three stories and five sub-levels of laser tag fun, Warehouse Wars is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening with family and friends.
Warehouse wars specializes in a variety of laser tag games for all ages and levels. Players can choose from Team Tag, Capture the Flag, Defenders, Scarface, Elimination, Terminator or a number of rotating, seasonal games.
"Our business objective is really just to give our customers the best experience available. That's why we keep our games exciting and make sure our equipment is cutting-edge," said Tracy Eliason. "Laser tag is all about the action – and that's what Warehouse Wars does best."
About Warehouse Wars
Warehouse Wars is the ultimate Las Vegas laser tag experience. Located inside FLIPnOUT Fun Center at 1841 E. Craig Road in Las Vegas, Warehouse Wars offers three stories of and five sub-levels of laser tag fun. Warehouse Wars and FLIPnOUT Fun Center also specialize in parties, group, student and corporate events
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Fire damages Knott's building (Orange County)
BUENA PARK – A building at Knott’s Berry Farm that houses a Johnny Rockets restaurant and two other operations sustained significant damage in a fire early this morning. The blaze was reported around 2:20 a.m. in a structure that houses a Johnny Rockets, a laser tag area and an arcade, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
The structure is located along the park’s boardwalk area.
The fire apparently began as a result of a welder’s torch during work inside the building, he said. Several construction workers were inside at the time but all escaped without injury.
There were no guests in the park when the fire broke out, Knott’s Berry Farm officials said in a statement. Park employees in the area near the blaze were safely evacuated.
When firefighters arrived they found several separate fires in the the floors and wall between the first and second floors of the building, Concialdi said. A sprinkler system had activated but was unable to contain the fires because of their locations.
“Firefighters did a great job of locating the hidden fires ... and saved a significant portion of the building.”
The fires were under control around 3:20 a.m. Fifty firefighters from the OCFA and Anaheim Fire Department responded and some personnel remained at the scene until 5:45 a.m.
Concialdi said damages are estimated at about $170,000.
Johnny Rockets, the Ride Warriors shop and all unaffected areas of Knott’s Berry Farm resumed normal operations Wednesday. The laser tag facility will remain closed until further notice.
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Dwight Howard Picks Up The Laser Tag Tab For Hundreds Of Fans In Houston
Dwight Howard woke up recently and realized he wanted to play laser tag.
But he didn't want to play alone, so he invited 5.1 million of his closest friends with one simple Twitter message.
Fortunately for Howard, he's got some cash to spare.
The Rockets big man, who earned $21 million in salary last season and is reportedly worth $100 million, picked up the tab for a day of fun and games at Main Event Entertainment outside Houston. According to CSN Houston, several hundred people showed up.
"I woke up and I was like, 'I want to play laser tag but I didn't want to play by myself,'" Howard told CSN Houston. "So I tweeted it out and a lot of people showed up. It was a lot of fun."
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Family entertainment center in Norman, Oklahoma, to expand
A $1.3 million expansion will take place at Andy Alligator's Fun Park in Norman, Oklahoma. The project, which will begin in July and finish at the end of year, will feature a building with event rooms, an indoor rock wall, a rookie go-kart track, new arcade games, a family-themed laser feature, a dining area and kitchen improvements.
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iCOMBAT Waukesha Tactical Laser Tag Reaches One Year Anniversary With CLaims of Immense Success
(PRWEB) June 18, 2014
In a news release issued by management, iCOMBAT Waukesha tactical laser tag's one year anniversary is June 20th.
According to the News Release, the facility has been extremely popular with area thrill-seekers, offering a degree of combat realism not found anywhere else. Players have flocked to iCOMBAT to experience full immersion in the theater or war as a Hollywood action hero.
iCOMBAT states it has over 8,000 members from 44 states as of year one, which is substantial growth within the industry. These members have played for a combined time of over 360 days, or 8,640 hours.
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New operator wants to add laser tag to Dundee go-karting centre (UK)
A new operator has taken on Dundee’s failed go-kart centre and has plans to attract new customers.
ScotKart has asked the city council for permission to use part of the Myrekirk Road premises for laser tag.
The centre, on the Wester Gourdie industrial estate, opened in summer 2012 following a £400,000 investment to make it the largest indoor karting facility in Scotland. It was open seven days a week and boasted a fleet of karts capable of speeds up to 40mph.
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Family Fun Center opens in Kingston (NJ)
Bonkerz Family Fun Center and Laser Tag, located next to Retro Fitness in the Kingston Shopping Plaza at 4437 Route 27, opened it’s doors on March 1.
Bonkerz is family owned and operated by South Brunswick residents, Drew Polansky and his wife Natalie along with family member, Meryl.
"Business has been very good. Little by little we are getting known." said Natalie Polansky when asked how has business been since the opening.
Natalie explained the reason behind the name Bonkerz.
"We went back and forth with so many names, and my husband came up with the name Bonkerz and no matter what we thought of, it still went back to Bonkerz; to come and have a crazy fun time and go Bonkerz," she said. She also explained why they chose to open Bonkerz in South Brunswick.
"We felt that it was prime location," she said. "We are in the middle here in South Brunswick; we have Princeton, Plainsboro, North Brunswick, Franklin, so we felt like it was a very populated area, and there is nothing around as far as entertainment, (that includes) laser tag and an arcade."
Besides the 5,200 square feet laser tag area, where more than 30 guests can participate at once; the Bonkerz facility includes a batting cage, a large arcade area with thirty five different games, a candy store full of sweet treats and a party room area that can fit up to 60 individuals.
The party room can be separated into three sections to accommodate smaller sized parties. Natalie said, since the opening of the facility, they have had approximately 80 birthday parties.
Bonkerz patron Khushbu Dorawala, age 15, of Hillsborough, said her experience was "fun". She was with her friends and said, "We played laser tag and played arcade games. The prizes are good. It is a great place for friends to hang out and chill, it’s fantastic."
Another patron, Jay Limbachia, age 13, played laser tag and was impressed by the laser tag area.
"It was good," he said. "I liked how it was dark, and there were a lot of obstacles."
He said he liked the laser tag rapid fire option and how the laser tag area was spacious and creative. He said he plans on having his next birthday party at Bonkerz.
South Brunswick Post
Firefighters Tackle Blaze At Morecambe's Megazone
The last v4 Zone site in the UK met with a tragic end today...
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Arcade sued by woman claiming daughter suffered concussion after being hit by laser gun
GRETNA – A local arcade where laser tag competitions occur is being sued by the mother of a girl who claims she was injured after being jabbed in the head by a laser gun.
Wanda Blackburn, on behalf of her minor daughter, filed suit against Adventure Quest Laser Tag and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 20.
Blackburn alleges that her daughter visited Adventure Quest Laser Tag on May 22, 2013 located at 1200 Clearview Parkway in Metairie. The plaintiff asserts her daughter was injured on the premises when she was jabbed in the temple by one of the laser guns. Blackburn claims she reported the incident to employees and her daughter was transported to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and swelling on her forehead.
The defendant is accused of failing to see what should have been seen, failing to maintain proper condition on the premises and failing to maintain a proper lookout.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiff.
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Planning commission to discuss movie theater (KY)
Main Event Entertainment has signed on to build a "family entertainment center" in the same complex as a proposed movie theater, located near the Interstate 64 interchange with Blankenbaker Parkway.
The Dallas-based business has 15 locations, mostly in Texas. The centers focus on an "Eat.Bowl.Play." experience and can include bowling allies, multilevel laser tag, game rooms, billiards and bars and restaurants, according to the company's website.
The business was tentatively announced earlier this spring along with revived plans for a movie theater on the 19-acre property at Sycamore Station Place and Tucker Station Road south of Interstate 64.
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Dave & Buster's heads towards IPO after sale talks fail - sources
(Reuters) - Dave & Buster's Inc has revived plans for an initial public offering after negotiations on an outright sale of the restaurant and arcade chain failed to lead to a deal, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Dave & Buster's initially tried to go public in 2012 but scrapped those plans due to market conditions. Reuters reported in December the company was working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) and Jefferies Group LLC to explore both an IPO and an outright sale at a valuation of more than $1 billion.
Talks in recent months between Dave & Buster's owner, Oak Hill Capital Partners, and several interested parties, including a consortium of Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp (OCX.TO) and movie theater operator Cineplex Inc (CGX.TO), as well as Chuck E. Cheese's owner Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N), did not result in any deal, the people said this week.
The sources asked not to be identified because the talks are confidential. Representatives of Dave & Busters, Oak Hill, Onex, Cineplex and Apollo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Founded in 1982, Dave & Buster's is an owner and operator of 69 venues that offer entertainment for adults and families such as sports-oriented, video and simulation games. The venues also serve food and beverages.
Oak Hill acquired the Dallas-based company for $570 million in May 2010.
Black Rhino Laser Tag targets June 4 opening (York, PA)
York, PA -
A new indoor laser tag business in which two teams of participants compete in military-style missions will open at Heritage Hills Athletic Club on June 4.
Black Rhino Laser Tag will operate on the club's artificial turf field used for indoor soccer matches from November to March, said Brent Hawk, Black Rhino's manager.
Each team can accommodate up to 10 players in a session that lasts 60 minutes. Participants will get to compete in three or four different missions in each hour-long session.
The new program is one of several laser tag operations in York County. It is part of Heritage Hills' effort to offer what Hawk called "family centric" entertainment geared to children and adults at the club, which straddles Springettsbury and York townships.
Heritage Hills hopes to find another indoor location on its campus to house the laser tag come the start of the indoor soccer season, Hawk said. The cost is $20 per person per hour, or $17.50 per person for groups of 10 or more.
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Entertainment center features new bowling lanes, laser tag, arcade (Rochester, MN)
Bowlocity, a newly updated family entertainment center in Rochester, is rolling along full steam after a "soft" re-opening during the holiday weekend.
Months of work by local Benike construction crews doubled the size of the former Recreation Lanes bowling alley on North Broadway. The longtime bowling alley has been closed for the past few weeks as construction wrapped up.
In addition to bowling lanes, Bowlocity includes a two-story laser tag center and a large arcade area.
The doors are open to show off The Suites, eight additional bowling lanes with a large party room and satellite bar with eight taps. Adding those lanes to the original 16 built in 1963 brings the total to 24 available bowling lanes.
The Suites offers upscale features that cater to large groups and parties as well typical bowlers. It has spinning "self-serve" shoe rental racks for bowlers using those lanes. The balls have a distinctive "pool-ball-look," which means an 8-pound ball is black with a white 8 on it.
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Dallas News prints article on laser tag "Who knew? Laser tag was invented in Dallas"
It’s Friday evening at Alley Cats in Arlington. Two sweaty 10-year-old boys emerge breathless from the laser tag arena at the family entertainment complex. A half dozen preteens at a birthday party go into the darkened chamber and prepare to do battle, holding plastic infrared-emitting guns and wearing chestplates that register hits and keep score.
George Carter watches this exchange of troops and smiles.
“This is a hoot,” says the 68-year-old Dallas entrepreneur, who invented the game when he opened his first Photon at Northwest Highway in 1984.
Just about everyone except Carter thought the game was just a fad.
But 30 years later, laser tag is a staple of the family amusement industry, with an estimated 3,000 fixed and mobile facilities worldwide that bring in about $700 million in combined annual sales. And that doesn’t include laser tag toys and merchandise.
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Funfuzion Set To Unveil Laser Tag Arena In New Roc City
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Ready, aim, fire!
Funfuzion, the one-stop New Rochelle entertainment destination, is set to unveil its new 4,000 square-foot laser tag arena to the public next week.
Lasertron, which has manufactured laser tag equipment for more than two decades, was commissioned to provide Funfuzion with a brand new, state of the art LT-12 arena and equipment. The arena can accommodate as many as 30 laser tag players at any one time, who will be a part of either the “red” or “green” team.
According to Michael Getlan, the director of enthusiasm and opportunity at Funfuzion, players will be instructed on the proper usage of the equipment with a brief video before entering the arena. Players will be able to tag one another, and the opposing team’s base.
The phasers will contain a full-color display that will allow players to keep track of their score and ammo. The vests have 17 separate “hit indicators,” to improve accuracy. The vests will also have five directional vibrators, which will allow the players to know which direction they were tagged. The experience will also be augmented by various speakers both inside the arena and on the vest, which will play music, announcements and sound effects.
“We’re bursting with excitement about our new attraction,” Getlan said. “We’re set to open in the first (or second) week of April.”
Each game of laser tag at Funfuzion will be a unique experience, with three different modes, and 12 different “power ups.” Scarsdale resident Charles Williams, who was at Funfuzion with his family late on Wednesday afternoon, said that the idea of a laser tag arena in southern Westchester was a strong one.
There are limited options for laser tag enthusiasts in the county. Presently, the only destinations are Red Line Laser Tag in Cortlandt Manor and Sportime USA in Elmsford.
“We don’t come here often, but it’s a popular place for our kids’ birthday parties and to give them a nice treat,” Williams said. “Laser tag isn’t something that’s readily available around here. I think it would bring in a good amount of business for that reason alone. We’d probably bring the kids once they’re a bit older.”
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez seen kissing, playing laser tag in McAllen, TX
McALLEN — Pop superstars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez spent Saturday afternoon playing laser tag, where a location employee said he spotted them kissing in the shadows of the course.
"They seemed really happy," said Ruben Elias, marketing manager at Xtreme Lazer Tag at 609 W. Business 83.
Elias said Bieber and Gomez told him they had never been at La Plaza Mall Friday, where their rumored appearance caused a mob that forced police to shut down the mall. Gomez is in town to perform tonight at the State Farm Arena as part of BorderFest.
Elias said they dropped into Xtreme Lazer Tag around 2 p.m. and asked if he would close the place for them. He agreed and the singers, along with an entourage of about eight other people, played for about an hour and a half. Bieber emerged the victor.
"Justin is really fun," Elias said. "He won the game and he came to the counter like 'I won! I won!'" The superstar also cleaned Xtreme Lazer tag out of its entire supply of Sourpatch sticks.
"He comes to the counter and says 'I want a candy' and (we're) like 'How many do you want?' and he's like 'All of them,'" Elias said. The group dropped $649.50 — on Bieber's credit card — for the time.
Ordinary rates are $9 an hour, but Elias said they would ordinarily not close on a Saturday. The laser tag operator didn't name a price, but let the stars pay what they decided.
"They were really nice people," Elias said. "I was so afraid of what happened yesterday at the mall... but it was really nice, very calm."
Town votes to settle laser tag litigation (New Jersey)
MANALAPAN NJ — Municipal officials have voted to settle a lawsuit that challenged a Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment decision to deny a conditional use variance to a laser tag operator.
At the Feb. 19 meeting of the Township Committee, Township Attorney Roger McLaughlin recommended that the committee accept an agreement in which Combat Sports LLC would dismiss the complaint and Manalapan would pay approximately $7,400 in fees to various professionals in connection with their work on the Combat Sports matter when it was before the zoning board.
McLaughlin said the $7,400 that he recommended the township pay as its share of the settlement is significantly less than the cost of litigating the case.
The governing body voted 5-0 to authorize the settlement.
Robert Peppard, who is the owner of Combat Sports, told Greater Media Newspapers on Feb. 24 that as of that date he had not signed the settlement agreement.
A civil complaint prepared by attorney Robert F. Munoz on behalf of Combat Sports and Peppard targeted the zoning board’s Feb. 7, 2013, decision.
Combat Sports hosted laser tag on 17 acres of undeveloped property that is owned by the Boy Scouts of America on LaValley Drive, Manalapan, beginning in about 2004, according to the complaint. Peppard leased the land from the Boy Scouts.
Previously, Peppard said he closed the Manalapan location in December 2012, partially as a result of damage from superstorm Sandy and because of ongoing issues with the township. He moved the business to Wrightstown, Burlington County, where it operates under the name Fireball Mountain.
On behalf of Peppard, Munoz sought a reversal of the zoning board’s denial.
The township was named as a defendant because Munoz claimed that a specific municipal ordinance, as applied to Combat Sports’ use and the property on which the use was located, was arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable “to the extent that there is no distinction between a recreation use run by a private nonprofit as compared to a recreational use that is for profit.”
According to the complaint, Peppard asked municipal officials in 2005 if any permits were needed to operate the business and was told no permits were needed because no permanent building structures were being constructed.
LaValley Drive is a narrow dirt road that leads from Iron Ore Road into the Quail Hill Scout Camp. Combat Sports operated on a portion of the scout camp.
About three years ago, residents of LaValley Drive began attending Township Committee meetings to voice concern about the volume of traffic heading to and from Combat Sports, and the high rate of speed at which they said motorists were driving on their street.
By 2011, municipal officials directed Peppard to apply for variances from the zoning board. He complied with that request and filed an application on Aug. 8, 2011. The matter was decided on Feb. 7, 2013, when the zoning board denied the application, according to the complaint.
Munoz filed the legal action on behalf of Peppard shortly after the zoning board denied the request for the variance.
McLaughlin said Combat Sports will not return to its former location on LaValley Drive.
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Planned NW OKC entertainment center to feature bowling, laser tag, food and drink
Dallas-based entertainment venue Main Event is coming to Oklahoma City with a new 58,000 square-foot venue just off Memorial Road that will feature bowling, laser tag, an aerial ropes course, games, restaurants and a full bar.
The company has been looking to expand into Oklahoma for the past several years, said Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan. In January, Main Event purchased 5.6 acres of land just northwest of W Memorial Road and N Western Avenue for $2 million. A building permit filed with the city shows the new Main Event will cost $7.8 million to build.
“With Oklahoma City we feel like we have some brand equity in the market and that we will do well there,” Keegan said. “We think a lot of people in OKC shop and eat in Dallas on occasion and are familiar with our brand from our presence there.”
The company hopes to have the new Oklahoma City Main Event open sometime in 2015.
Twin City Lanes Adds Creative Works' Terraform Laser Tag
Twin City Lanes & Games in Berlin, Vermont has received the first ever Terraform Battle Quest Laser Tag arena designed by Creative Works (www.theWOWeffect.com) to compliment their bowling and arcade areas. The multi-level arena is over 3,700 square feet and themed out with amazing 3D florescent murals and industrial props. This theme is based on a storyline set centuries into the future. Earth is sending a reconnaissance team to investigate the dangerous mystery of planet Terraform. Players are transported onto this industrial planet, where they must complete their mission to save this land which was once lush and beautiful. Players put on Zone laser tag equipment to protect from the dangerous desert planet and to succeed in this challenging mission.
Brightly colored steel walls with foreign symbols create a maze for the team. Strange glowing barrels and huge rusted pipes stretch throughout the arena. It's not long before the expedition finds the heart of the planet's power grid and a huge 14 foot machine glowing with stolen energy. Terraform has been slowly stripped of its capacity for decades, but who is behind this crime? It's up to each new player to find the real culprit of Terraform's destruction.
Twin City Lanes is one of the many bowling centers that has modernized by adding a laser tag arena to better utilize square footage. "We are extremely pleased and happy," commented Randy Longe, owner of Twin City Lanes & Games. "The arena is fantastic, and we are glad to be getting the best of the best." By adding a laser tag arena, a facility can attract new customers and reward loyal customers for their patronage. "New attractions keep guests coming back for more. We suggest revamping an attraction or game area at least every two years," commented Jeff Schilling, President of Creative Works. Re-investment into a facility can also improve company morale. Employees want to take pride in what they do, and when employees see modernization they can be confident they are offering a quality product to guests.
Twin City Lanes & Games has received multiple new additions to its facility. A new restaurant is now available for meals and snacks in between play, as well as a game arcade for exciting and interactive fun. The bowling and family entertainment center now has enhanced cosmic lights and seating in the bowling area for amazing Cosmic Bowling and improved its concourse to complete the total "WOW Effect."
Bowling Alley Transformed Into Laser Tag Arena
A local business owner has transformed his bowling alley into an over-the-top entertainment center to serve community members of all ages.
Terry Stike, owner of the NRV Superbowl in Christiansburg, and his partners built the business from scratch. They opened the establishment in 1997 when bowling was an extremely popular form of entertainment, but over time there has been a shift in customers’ interests to other areas.
Once Stike began to notice a national decline in interest in bowling and an escalating one in laser tag, he set off to research and visit numerous laser tag facilities and was inspired to construct his own high-scoring laser tag arena.
“As soon as the doors open, they say ‘wow,’ and when we built this building in 1997, that’s what happened,” Stike said. “It’s changed a lot since then, because our front entrance is completely changed, but people used to walk in the door and say ‘wow’ and we brought that back by changing all this.” Perhaps this is what moved Stike to choose Creative Works Inc. as the design company for the arena, since their slogan is “The WOW Effect.”
The new laser tag arena, Earthquest Laserforce, opened Nov. 1, 2013, and Ron Kaye — a NRV Superbowl employee who was hired around the time of the opening — said attendance has grown every week since.
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Bounce bringing laser tag, inflatable sports center to Bay View (WI)
Bounce Milwaukee, an independently owned family entertainment center, will make its debut next month in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood.
Owners are planning a soft opening this February, while fully opening in March. The entertainment center will house a laser tag arena, an inflatable sports arena, a rock climbing wall, two inflatable play places and a video arcade.
Becky Cooper-Clancy and John Clancy, owners of Bounce, created the idea two years ago and after various renditions they settled on the all-in-one play place.
“We wanted a place to play with our kids,” Clancy-Cooper said. “Trying to find a place where those kids can play in the same place is really difficult. If it’s entertaining to the 5-year-old, the 15-year-old is bored within minutes and vice versa.”
From the Milwaukee Business Journal
Creative Works Brings Custom Laser Tag Arena to El Salvador
Creative Works Brings Custom Laser Tag Arena to El Salvador
Indianapolis, IN – January 20th, 2014
Creative Works (www.theWOWeffect.com) recently installed a custom Adventure Quest laser tag arena in El Salvador. Opposite of the American Embassy, Dreamland FEC is two minutes from San Salvador and entirely themed out in a honeycomb motif. Dreamland's full arcade "Game Spot Arcade" is now equipped with an amazing 2,700+ square foot turnkey laser tag arena. Guests are fitted with equipment from LaserBlast for interactive game play and are lead into another world along a honeycomb walkway. The completely immersive experience takes players through a maze of exotic foliage, beautiful fluorescent 3D murals, and unique honeycomb covered props. Enormous hand-carved medallions hang on the walls of the spectacular stone city. Players soon realize the thrilling adventure before them and their mission to fight in the battle of bees vs. wasps.
Creative Works met Joanna Safie Samour, owner of Dreamland FEC and Game Spot Arcade, at the 2012 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show in Orlando. Representing more than 97 countries from the entertainment and attractions industry, IAAPA has the largest international trade show for amusement facilities worldwide. Working with international clients was a natural transition for Creative Works from the beginning. As a full-service attractions provider for over 16 years, Creative Works has learned the challenges that can come with working internationally.
"There can be some challenges in working with international customers, whether it be language barriers, customs requirements, or time zone differences," commented Jeff Schilling, President of Creative Works. "However, we have developed our project management team to excel under these circumstances, manage the entire process, and keep communication channels as clear as possible.”
"Many times we have had a few extra hoops to jump through for our international projects, depending on the country. Having a flexible timeline and being transparent about potential road blocks is very important when doing an international project," commented Roxanna Gressel, Director of Project Management. Creative Works offers a one-stop shop package for adding a new attraction. The Creative Works design and project management team takes the client through build-out, permit approval, architectural drawings, and site preparation before their team arrives for installation.
Creative Works doesn't stop at fabrication, they have veteran assembly teams that have installed attractions all over the world. "Every culture has its own rules and regulations when it comes to labor and installation, but there is only one rule that applies to play…Have FUN! Creative Works installs fun throughout the world," commented Grayson Kneisley, Shop Manager at Creative Works.
Dreamland FEC features a sports grill, outdoor restaurant, bumper cars, climbing wall, full arcade, and laser tag. You can learn more about Dreamland FEC and Game Spot Arcade HERE.
Chipper's adding laser tag, arcade to Horsetooth lanes (Colorado)
Chipper’s Lanes will add laser tag and a full arcade to its bowling alley at 217 W. Horsetooth Road in Fort Collins.
Planet ChipTAR, Sector.8 is based on a scene from the movie “Avatar” and is expected to open in May, owner Matt Hoeven said.
“We recognize the bowling industry in general has expanded into a family entertainment center that offers a broad array of options beyond just bowling,” Hoeven said. “That’s something we want to play a part in.”
Hoeven, under the company name Bowl Fort Collins LLC, applied for a building permit at the end of the year. The 4,070-square-foot addition on the south side of the bowling alley will cost about $650,000 to build.
The company has another Fort Collins location at 830 N. College Ave. and also owns bowling alleys in Broomfield, Estes Park and Greeley. Broomfield will open its new laser tag and arcade Wednesday, while Greeley will follow suit this summer. Once they see how the new offerings work, Hoeven said they will “consider the same thing in the north end of town.”
Prices will range from $6 to $8 for laser tag, Hoeven said.
Cedar Hills Wunderland arcade moves to Tanasbourne, adds laser tag and theater
It’s any kid’s dream come true: Dozens of games – from air hockey to video games – laser tag, a movie theater and a wall filled with prizes to win.
Wunderland’s setup is similar to other family-friendly arcades with one exception. All games are nickel-operated, and most cost 5 to 20 cents.
The new digs, formerly a furniture store, now house a movie theater with second-run films, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag room and a spacious room filled with various games.
Store manager Deanna Edwards said the Tanasbourne location is the first Wunderland to offer laser tag.
The arcade opened in its new location in November, but recently held its grand opening celebration.
Here is the OregonLive story.
Loveland Laser Tag completes its expansion (Colorado)
Loveland Laser Tag has completed its half-million-dollar expansion.
The business at 401 N. Denver Ave. has made the transition from a laser tag center to a "full family entertainment center," according to Jeff Willy, owner since 2011.
"Everything is firing on all cylinders. It's pretty fun," Willy said Friday.
The centerpiece of the 3,500-square-foot expansion is a new 11-element indoor ropes course, which opened last month.
Also new is a third level in the laser tag arena, expanded arcade game offerings and an electronic-card-based debit and rewards system.
In the enlarged café area, Willy installed the gas-fired oven from the Loveland Nick-N-Willy's Pizza location that closed in October.
"The highlight is definitely the ropes course," Willy said.
Read the entire story at reporterherald.com.
A new laser tag facility for Rohnert Park (CA)
People stopping by Wells Fargo or Popeye’s might have noticed something different recently about the building located at 4 Padre Parkway that used to house Hidden Treasures and before that Goodwill. Two large, professional signs have been hung on the west and east sides of the building for “Q-ZAR Laser Tag”.
On the windows all around the building “Open Soon” has been written along with “Laser Tag” as workers inside the building construct framework with plywood for the 3800 square foot arena that looks to open in January.
Q-ZAR laser tag is a two-team capture-the-flag style game that lasts about 25 minutes. Up to 36 people can participate in a single match that takes place in a black lit arena with music, sirens, lasers and lights. The new facility lists the price per game at $7 on their website, NorthBayQzar.com.
Read the story on press democrat.com.
Texas chain maximizes entertainment experience with cinemas, arcades, laser tag and more
“We cinergize the magic of movies, captivating games and attractions, and exceptional food and beverage into a thrilling entertainment experience.”
On Oct. 10, Jamie and Jeff Benson, founders and majority owners of Cinergy Cinemas LP, premiered their latest and most advanced (so far) place to “Eat, Play & Be Movied!” Located in the West Texas town of Midland, and following sister sites and 16 screens in Corsicana and Copperas Cove, Texas, Cinergy Cinemas & Entertainment feature an activity floor of over 60 different arcade and video games with a redemption store for winning goodies.
No less than 56 player vests await Midland guests at the “Lasertron” laser tag arena after they have climbed the “gravity-defying, black-light overhead ropes course,” spanning across most of the vast lobby, and before getting a full “Atomic Rush” to boot. And that’s not just from watching Gravity on one of the five 3D-enabled screens.
Read the very detailed story here.
Morrow (GA) approves zoning for new recreation businesses
MORROW — Families will soon have two new recreation options in Morrow.
The Morrow City Council voted Tuesday to approve conditional use zoning petitions for laser tag and airsoft recreation businesses which are slated to open next to Southlake Mall.
Cliftondale Group LLC, which owns Monkey Joes, 1395 Southlake Pkwy., wants to open the laser tag business next door to their existing business. A company official told council members they came up with the laser tag business as something to entertain children who have grown too old for Monkey Joes, but still have younger siblings who patronize that business.
Battle City Inc. wants to operate an indoor airsoft recreation arena in the old Sears Homelife building at the corner of Southlake Parkway and Southlake Circle. Airsoft recreation is similar to paintball, in which participants carry around airsoft guns which look like real guns, but are not lethal.
The guns shoot light pellets, but lack the force needed to penetrate a person’s skin.
Participants would be required to wear protective face masks and neckwear, a Battle City official told the council.
It is unclear when either business will be ready to open.
The original news story can be found here.
Professional Laser Tag Tournament Set This Weekend in Howell (MI)
It won’t be featured at the Winter Olympics in Russia, but a burgeoning sport will make an appearance in Howell this weekend. The first-ever regional Laser-Blast professional laser tag tournament in Michigan will take place Saturday night at the Castaway Play Café. Up to 10 teams of professional laser tag players from across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada will compete for the trophy.
Laser tag facility adds trampoline dodgeball to the mix in Milwaukee
As if laser tag isn’t exciting enough, a Waukesha facility is adding trampoline dodgeball.
Lasertag Adventure, 1814 Dolphin Drive, Waukesha, will unveil its 16,000-square-foot expansion Dec. 20, it said in a news release. New activities include AtomicRush, an interactive arcade game; mini-bowling; and Volcanic Crossfire, described as “an extreme version of dodgeball played on trampolines.”
The expansion also includes three new party rooms, an observation deck and expanded arcade and dining space, the release said.
More information in the Business Journal story.
Seacoast’s newest laser tag now open for business (Dover, NH)
DOVER — Dover Bowl, located in Dover, has just opened the newest laser tag arena in the Seacoast area.
Featuring four levels, and a 30-foot-long pirate ship, the pirate-themed arena opened for business on Nov. 1. It features a surround-sound music system and a medieval theme along the walls of the many chutes and ramps within the arena.
Read about it on Fosters.com.
Laser Tag again a prominent part of 'How I Met Your Mother'
In a preview of the upcoming episode, which is called "Rehearsal Dinner," Barney comes up with a laser tag rehearsal dinner idea and Ted dresses up as Liberace.
According to Hollywood Hills, Barney will become fixated on having his rehearsal dinner at a laser tag arena, much to Robin's dismay. Meanwhile, Ted aggravates Lilly when he ends up coming through on a promise.
Watch the preview on YouTube.
Man jailed for trying to break into safe at laser tag business.
Colorado Springs police caught a man trying to break into the safe of Laser Quest early Friday morning, officers said.
Officers arrested Philip Butler, 48, on suspicion of burglary, attempting to disarm a police officer and cruelty to animals after a burglary alarm summoned police to the business at about 2:45 a.m.
When officers arrived, the front door was shattered and they heard grinding noises coming from inside the building, 1605 N. Academy Blvd., according to police.
The source of all that racket: A man trying to drill into the safe, Jensen said.
"With all that noise, he didn't realize the officers were there," Jensen said.
Officers used a police dog to arrest Butler, and he allegedly tried to grab an officer's handgun while being taken into custody, according to the police department's blotter.
Read the news on Gazette.com.
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd to Reunite since "Back to the Future" ...wearing Zone Laser Tag
According to an Internet posting by Erik Guthrie, Vice President, Marketing & Sales at Zone Laser Tag...
The iconic duo of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd will reunite and work together for the first time since the "Back to the Future" film series and they play laser tag!
In an episode that will air in early 2014, Michael J. Fox (aka Marty McFly) and Christopher Lloyd (aka Doc Brown) will play laser tag on the "Michael J. Fox Show" which airs on NBC.
Zone Laser Tag received a phone call on Monday Nov 18 from the prop master needing 16 laser tag packs in Manhattan on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Sales Associate Kyle Galle left the IAAPA Trade Show after the trade show had started to get the 16 packs to New York.
The Prop Master picked the Zone Laser Tag equipment after scouring the internet and choose Zone specifically because the product did not look like a real weapon which NBC would not green light the script if it did.
Kyle served an onsite consultant for the filming of the laser tag scene.
Zone did not charge NBC or the "Michael J. Fox" show for the use of the equipment or the costs involved in flying Kyle to the location.
Instead, Zone asked for some photos and two signed NexusFEC laser tag packs autographed by both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. One pack will be on display at the Zone Laser Tag office and the other pack has been donated to the Laser Tag Museum.
Zone Laser Tag has been featured on many television and movies before but is especially proud of this historic television moment of two beloved actors coming together for the first time in many years. All publicity that is positive is good for the entire industry.
Advanced-laser-tag facility Landing Zone Lancaster (PA) opening this winter
A new business scheduled to open this winter is slated to be the largest advanced laser tag facility in the Northeast, according to owners Terry O'Conor, David Wood and Jeff Thornto
Thornton is a former owner of Warwick Township-based Atomic Design Inc., and the three say Landing Zone Lancaster will take a new approach to laser tag, more comparable to playing paintball or airsoft, but without the pain and mess. The comprehensive experience will offer games as tame as Capture the Flag or as involved as playing Halo in a live, 3D environment.
"Planning to match real time play with current video games and movies, such as 'Thor' and 'Halo,' visitors can take play to the next level, getting off the couch and into the contest," a news release says, adding that there will be "realistic sounds and sensors that take hits and turn them into physical, real-time feedback."
Landing Zone Lancaster will be in a 22,000-square-foot facility, of which about 13,000 square feet will be a multilevel themed course. In warmer weather, there will also be an outdoor component. It will be located at 401 Granite Run Drive in Manheim Township, combining two facilities that were previously occupied by The Scooter Store and Rexel Industries.
The facility will have birthday rooms and special-event space for corporations and private parties. There will also be a full concession area and an arcade and redemption area.
Read the Central Penn Business Journal article.
Main Event Entertainment Opens in Tempe (AZ) with Arcade Games, Bowling, and Laser Tag
Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment, a family entertainment center operator, opened its first center outside Texas this week.
Located in the Emerald Center in Tempe, near IKEA, the 55,000-square-foot location offers more than 100 video arcade games, an upscale bowling alley, laser tag, and gravity ropes.
Unlike some other entertainment centers, Main Event Tempe will be open to guests of all ages at all times, making it a family-friendly option for fun.
read the story on PhoenixNewTimes.com.
Rocky Top partners plan 3D Interactive Theater, Coal Car Laser Tag (TN)
A 3D attraction at which cartoon characters would interact in real-time with children would be the first attraction built by the Rocky Top company looking at locating in Lake City, TN, according to one of the company’s partners.
Next door, he said, would be the Coal Car Laser Tag. People would ride two-seat coal car type rides and shoot laser guns at targets in the darkened building.
A T-shirt shop and candy store are also planned, he said. Several people were handed Mason jars containing candy corn — the first candy produced by the company. It included one of the cartoon mascots for the theme park-type attractions — Strudel, a roller-skating, spectacle-and-scarf wearing duck.
Read the story on Oakridger.com
Century Lanes renamed BAM!, opens arcade and laser tag facility (MI)
A new three-letter word for fun is what Phil and Beth Huffman chose to reflect the widespread changes inside their newly reimagined bowling center on the south side of Holland.
BAM! just seemed like the perfect name for their business.
“It’s a fun word,” said Phil Huffman, a former Disney Corp. executive, in preparation for the grand opening of BAM! Ultimate Entertainment Center, 478 E. 16th St., this weekend.
“It doesn’t mean anything. It’s not an acronym. It’s just a smart, energetic word you can have a lot of fun with. It all has to feed the brand,” Huffman said of the BAM! moniker that includes the renamed BAM!-boozle Lounge, which, of course, serves BAM!-burgers and other fare.
“I told our employees when they answer the phone, it’s not just a polite, ‘Hello, BAM.’ It has to be ‘BAM!’ with an exclamation point,” he added with a laugh. “Everything has to be big.” The former Century Lanes, which shut down Feb. 5 after a fire and reopened for bowling in mid-August, has been rebuilt, renamed and transformed into a multi-purpose entertainment complex that features something to please everyone in the family.
The latest addition to the sprawling facility is a 10,000-square-foot arcade and state-of-the-art laser tag arena, which makes its official debut starting this weekend.
Read the HollandSentinel.com story.
Sports arena turns its focus to laser tag (Launceston - Australia)
The Launceston Indoor Sports Arena is set to undergo a big change if it wins council approval to install 41 trampolines and a laser tag gaming facility.
The centre has five indoor courts - four of which are planned to be replaced by trampolines and one replaced by laser tag.
The laser tag facility will have a 25-person capacity over a 521-square metre area.
Read the story in the Examiner.
Brunswick's Gives 'Boost to Buffalo Grove' in IL.
Brunswick overhauled the center, which was previously occupied by eSkape Entertainment Center, installing new bowling lanes, building a new laser tag arena and creating a new arcade.
Read the story on patch.com
Creative Works Featured In Play Meter's October issue
Creative Works, one of the premier laser tag theming companies, was recently featured in Play Meter Magazine.
Read the magazine article.
Cinergy Cinemas & Entertainment announces Grand Opening of Cinergy in Midland, Texas
Cinergy Cinemas, LP announces the opening of a new all-digital movie theatre and amusement complex in Midland, TX on October 11th. The new Cinergy Midland and EPIC complex, located at 1917 Liberty Drive, will boast 11 auditoriums, a game floor with over 60 games, redemption store, chef-prepared American favorites, beer and wine, movie must-haves, a multi-level Laser Tag arena, Sky Walker (a gravity-defying, black light overhead ropes course), and Atomic Rush (a quick response, immersive game experience).
Read the news release here.
P&O cruise ship gets Segway, laser tag attractions
USA Today reports P&O Cruises Australia is promoting what the line says is the "world's largest adventure park at sea," onboard the Pacific Jewel. Among the most unusual of the 20 shipboard activities of P&O Edge are a Segway obstacle course and laser tag.
The 1,950-passenger ship also has been equipped with a ropes course, high-rope swings, a rock-climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, a zip line and a tall ladder that takes passengers to the top of the ship's bow, among other attractions.
Read it at USAtoday.com
Construction starts on House of Bedlam (Bricktown, OK)
Construction is starting up for a greatly modified House of Bedlam along the Bricktown Canal that will now include a third floor for a laser tag and entertainment center, with other tenants including a coffee shop, restaurant and sports apparel store.
Read the story at NewsOK.com
Laser tag center planned for Springettsbury Township, PA
York, PA -
About a year ago, Andy Brenneman noticed that when he took his children to birthday parties at family fun centers, he was heading either in the direction of Lancaster County or Harrisburg.
What Brenneman said he found on those trips was that York County needed its own multiple-venue arena.
Next month, Laser Alleys, formerly Colony Park Lane East in Springettsbury Township, will host a grand opening to celebrate the re-branding of the business.
In May, after months of market research, Stewart & Tate Construction broke ground on an indoor, 8,0000-square-foot laser tag arena designed for 18 players, Brenneman said.
CORE - Design Group, a York architectural and engineering firm, is providing the design and construction phase services for the renovations.
To make room for the special-effects-heavy arena, the owner of Laser Alleys removed eight bowling lanes, taking the business from 32 to 24 lanes, Brenneman said.
The whole story is in the York Daily Record.
Laser Tag hits the Northwoods (WI)
Eagle River - Fun in the Northwoods can mean going out on the lake, taking a hike, and now, playing laser tag!
Eagle Falls Adventure Golf in Eagle River added Northern Lights Laser Tag to their facility this year.
The interactive game is played in a two-floor, 3 thousand square foot arena.
Read more on wjfw.com
New Underground Fun Center Opens in Atchison
"We have laser tag, we have archery tag, an arena, blacklight mini-golf, a game room, rock climbing," says owner Coby Cullins.
What makes this place different is this center is underground. It's called Extreme Underground and it's located 150 ft. below Atchison, Kansas.
"There was a cave for sale, so I looked it up on the internet and found it intriguing," said Cullens, originally from Springfield, Missouri, who bought the space unseen.
Read about it on STJOEHANNEL.com
Laser tag world titles set to stun
LASER tag is more than just fun and games. It's a very serious sport.
The world's most competitive players will converge on the Sunshine Coast next year for the Laser Tag World Titles.
Laserzone at Warana has been chosen from businesses worldwide as the host venue.
The competition will bring more than 100 international visitors to the region to stay and play at the Coast. The games are held every two years, with the previous world titles held in New York and Helsinki, Finland.
Laserzone owner Annette Lasek said its selection from among many other leading venues all over the globe was exciting.
"People are already making inquiries about visiting before next year's world titles, to trial the system and see the Coast area," she said. "It's fantastic to be able to offer local people the chance to enjoy the new Nexus Generation equipment too, which is truly world class."
To meet the international competition requirements Laserzone is upgrading its technology, including new software, phasers and targets, lightweight slimline vests and new game formats, at a cost of up to $100,000.
The company will have to close its doors for the refit from September 2 to 6, reopening with a launch party for 100 guests to try out the new look.
Skate America opens at site of old rink
Greater Lafayette is again the proud home of a rollerskating center.
Skate America General Manager Sandra Crupper was excited to be back in the rink Friday at the new facility’s grand opening. Skate America is located at the old Great Skates.
“It actually keeps kids out of trouble,” she said. “It’s a safe environment: skating, arcade games, laser tag. It’s just very fun for the kids.”
The entire story can be read at JC Online.
Lancelot Laser Tag opens
What once was Atlas Chiropractic and Massage is now a Lancelot Laser Tag. Dan and Christy Heitman are both chiropractors who found a new location for their chiropractic business and when their children came up with the idea of opening a laser tag business they had the perfect spot - the location of their old clinic.
"After playing in Sioux City and then Burlington we decided we should have one here," said John Heitman who is eight years old.
Lancelot Laser Tag is going to be having its grand opening this weekend where people can play a game of hide and seek, and also have laser shooters while finding their way around the course of glowing paint and barricades.
The family has been working since May to transform the old chiropractic rooms into an open floor obstacle lad laser facility.
Read the Pilot Tribune story.
Australian laser tag company sets up in Colorado
Laserforce International, a Brisbane based maker of laser tag systems, has chosen the city of Loveland, Colorado as a US manufacturing site.
According to the Reporter-Herald, Laserforce has set up an office next to the Loveland Laser Tag centre, and LLT’s proprietor has joined Laserforce to head up its US operations.
"We'll have a staff to assemble, test and provide training and operational support for facilities across North America," Loveland Laser Tag’s owner, Jeff Willy, told the Herald.
Read the news story from Manufacturer's Monthly.
Pietro's Pizza expanding to Beaverton (OR) with laser tag and mini golf
Milwaukie-based Pietro's Pizza is planning to open its fourth location in Beaverton.
The restaurant, owned by Pietro's Restaurant Group Inc., would include laser tag, miniature golf and coin-operated games, according to its liquor license application.
Pietro's leased 14,560 square feet at 13227 S.W. Canyon Road in central Beaverton, according to a report by CoStar Group, a real estate information company.
The company's other locations are in Milwaukie, Salem and Hood River.
Another company, Haunting Productions LLC, announced plans in June to open an indoor miniature golf course in Beaverton this fall. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is also considering an adventure recreation center that could include laser tag, rock climbing and an indoor skate park.
Read about it on The Oregonian website.
'Gangster' laser gun ad removed from leisure centre
BOSSES at a Swansea leisure complex have removed promotional posters of children brandishing a gun following complaints from parents.
The LC's advertising campaign went up to promote Laser Tag which is new to the centre this summer.
A spokeswoman for the LC said they had pulled the image following some of the responses they had received.
Paul O'Connor, a film maker from Murton, Swansea, said he believed the image should never have been used as part of a promotional campaign in the first place.
Read more and see the image here.
No Surrender Laser Tag opens in Fresno
A new laser tag business modeled after the Call of Duty video game opened this month in central Fresno.
No Surrender Laser Tag is at 5179 N. Blackstone Ave., near Whitie's Pets.
Players in two teams sneak around barrels and military storage units in the 7,000 square feet of playing space. They strive to accomplish missions such as disarming a briefcase bomb or claiming a light-up cube -- which, when pressed, triggers an announcement that "team alpha" has captured the cube.
Players have their choice of pistols, sniper rifles, shotguns and assault rifles. Unlike many laser tag weapons, the guns don't shoot a visible laser, and the owners say the vests players wear are lighter than others.
Married owners Peter Chang and Irina Kvon said they opened the business because they wanted to create something for tweens and young teens to do.
"Our goal is to create a video game in real life," said Chang, who has a 13-year-old son.
The couple used to own more than 10 Wireless to Go Cricket dealerships before selling them to open No Surrender.
Read the Fresno Bee article.
Mini golf spot in Cicero is expanding its laser tag business
CICERO, N.Y. - Big Don's Wild River Mini Golf is taking its new laser tag attraction on the road.
The mini golf destination, located at the corner of Route 31 and Button Road, added an outdoor laser tag arena last year. The 40,000-square-foot space features more than 100 different obstacles and building structures that provide plenty of places for players to hide during games.
The arena has proved so popular that the business plans to launch a mobile version later this year, said Don Cullen, owner of Big Don's. The plan is to take the tag units to events, parties and backyards around the region.
Read the story on syracuse.com.
Halfmoon bowling alley expanding its rec offerings
HALFMOON — Spare Time lanes at 1668 Route 9 is changing with the times and becoming much more than a bowling center.
Changes approved by the Halfmoon Planning Board will allow the business to offer laser tag and a full game room with prize redemption, along with the bowling and an improved restaurant.
Renovations have begun, and they hope to finish by mid-October.
Lanes 29 through 36 are being removed to make way for the 3,300-square-foot laser tag area. An empty store front at the far end of the building is being renovated for the 2,300-square-foot game room.
Read about it on cnweekly.com.
Loveland firefighters train at laser tag arena
Firefighters say that the facility, with a multi-level maze, is a great fit to train on new equipment.
LOVELAND -- Navigating unfamiliar territory through thick fog streaked with neon-colored strobe lights, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority firefighters used new equipment on Thursday to simulate the worst-case scenario of having to rescue one of their own from a burning building.
And believe it or not, deafening techno music somehow only amplified the seriousness of a firefighter mayday.
That's how it is with firefighters training inside the Loveland Laser Tag facility at 401 Denver. Ave. -- the concept is untraditional at first glance but also makes perfect sense.
"It's so great for us because we're used to being at our training area and this is something totally different," Captain Greg Gilbert said. "And we don't have to change anything because it's already dark, already loud and already has a maze configuration."
The story is here at the Reporter Herold.
Amazing Play Fun Center opens with 25-foot play structure, laser tag - See more at: http://www.liber
In the laser maze, players enter a dark room and dodge green beams as quickly as they can. A monitor in the main area of the center allows others to watch the action.
Up to 16 laser tag players can “vest up” at a time and choose from nine games to play in a labyrinth designed and built by Darrell, and painted by Enraged Design.
There`s a new interactive place where your family can let loose in Dickson City
There`s a new interactive place where your family can let loose!
It includes colorful lights and laser beams. Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey stopped by the business in Lackawanna County to tell us what it`s all about.
See it on channel 16!
Skating center adds $1M-plus to facility - Rollerama rolling out renovations
The new owners of Rollerama are putting more money — and more fun — into the Genoa Township facility.
Some of the additional fun is coming in the form of a Zap Zone laser tag area and new arcade games. Other improvements include new carpeting, new bathrooms, and a remodeled lobby and snack bar.
The renovations, estimated at more than $1 million, began several months ago and will be unveiled Aug. 1.
Read the news article.
York County business man wants to bring laser tag to Poquoson, VA
Laser tag is one step closer to making its debut in Poquoson.
The Poquoson Planning Commission recently recommended approval for a new laser tag park on 18.5 acres on Victory Boulevard.
Brad Drummond, owner of Tagtime Mobile Laser Tag, is seeking a conditional use permit to establish a laser tag park that would utilize the natural features of the property along with manmade bunkers and barriers to create a laser tag course. According to planning documents, Drummond plans to operate the business during daylight hours on the weekends.
Source: Tidewater Biz.
Empty Beloit buildings imagined in new ways
Laser tag, a candy/bakery shop and a indoor water park.
Those are the ideas the students at Help Yourself Mezzo Academy came up with for the different vacant buildings around the city of Beloit.
The academy is a state and Beloit College-funded community outreach program for minority, low-income and under represented youth in the Greater Beloit Area.
Read the Beloit Daily News
'Hollywood Experience' Awaits at Newly Opened iCOMBAT
The newly opened iCOMBAT in Waukesha offers a unique laser tag adventure that owner Andy Rasico calls a "real-life, hollywood experience."
Red the entire news story here.
Rocky Springs bowling alley clears hurdle for laser tag, arcade, dining area
Rocky Springs Entertainment is on track for an 18,000-square-foot expansion at 1495 Millport Road.
The addition will include a 3,000-square-foot laser tag area, an arcade and dining area at the current bowling alley.
The plan, approved Thursday by West Lampeter Township Planning Commission, next goes to the township supervisors for approval.
Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/864076_Rocky-Springs-bowling-alley-clears-hurdle-for-laser-tag--arcade--dining-area.html#ixzz2Wxz0qQnE
Read the entire news story on Lancaster Online.
Opelika laser tag, arcade arena now open
Welcome to CyberZone – a laser tag destination for the young, the young at heart. Taking up residence where an A&P grocery store and a Bi-City Décor once stood, the now 20,000-square-foot laser and arcade arena at 107 N. 9th St. in Opelika (AL) is open.
“We want you to be immersed in a different world,” Bak said. “Instead of sitting down and playing a game – you are the video game. It’s all about sensation. The vest vibrating, the sound effects, the lights. All of it.”
Owner Simon Bak calls the laser area a battleground of sorts where players experience combat in a safe, clean environment.
Read the local news story here.
Marked Paintball and Laser Tag Forced to Close Doors
An Ottawa paintball and laser tag company will have to shut down its business after losing a legal battle with the City of Ottawa.
Marked Paintball & Laser Tag has operated at 4120 Vaughan Side Rd. in West Carleton, a west Ottawa suburb, since 2007.
Its owners, Allie and Däg Militky, have run the business in an area that was never legally zoned for paintball, according to court decisions.
Read about it on CBC News.
Laser tag facility to open in Waukesha, WI
A new laser tag facility that advertises an “ultrarealistic” experience will open in Waukesha on June 22, according to a news release.
iCOMBAT uses a Hollywood-style movie set, including more than 30 buildings, on 15,000 square feet. The equipment is made by Universal Electronics Inc. of Whitewater as a way for civilians to use tactical training systems previously only available to law enforcement agencies and the military, according to its website.
Read about it in the Business Journal.
Laser tag arena to be added to Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, NY
AUBURN | The Fingerlakes Mall is getting a new laser tag arena.
Barski's Xtreme Laser Tag will be moving into the space of the mall where Curves Gym used to be, according to a press release. Construction on the 3,000 square foot arena has begun and the management team projects opening day to be Monday, July 1, 2013.
The arena is being opened by the owners of Barski's Bounce, an indoor bounce center in the mall's J.C. Penney wing, according to the release.
Read about it in the Auburn Citizen.
The Stadium in Auburn, NY celebrates one year anniversary.
The Stadium in Auburn, NY is celebrating its one year anniversary this month.
Attractions at The Stadium include:
Visit their website.
Windsor getting family entertainment center offering bowling, laser tag, local-food restaurant
A massive new entertainment center is coming to Windsor, offering bowling, video games laser tag and meeting rooms.
The 50,000-square-foot center, called “The Summit,” will be on the Windsor side of the Interstate 25 and Crossroads Boulevard intersection, east of the Budweiser Events Center. The project is being developed by the Northern Colorado-based Summit Companies and backers hope to be open by mid-2014.
Read the article in coloradoan.com.
Rocky Springs submits land plan for expansion
Rocky Springs Entertainment has submitted a final land development plan for an addition that would include a laser tag facility and expanded arcade and dining area.
Read the newspaper article.
Teens want laser tag, shopping, shelters and more in Athens, AL
Athens teenagers have some great ideas about how to improve their city, including community storm shelters, new entertainment opportunities such as laser tag, and converting to a five-block school schedule so they can take more elective classes.
These were just some of the suggestions made to City Council members during a presentation made Monday by 11 of the 27 members of the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
Read the news story.
Extreme laser tag simulates indoor war
This inside look into Hard Knocks reveals a new kind of gaming experience. The lighting, the weapons and the voice overhead are all designed to be intense and to get in your head.
However, it's just a game for adults and kids.
Hard knocks started in one Florida location seven years ago. With business booming the company will open a new location this summer in Orlando and six more nationally, mostly big cities across the southeast.
Read more and see the TV news story.
Combat Sports open for play at new location
Combat Sports, which hosted a recreational activity known as laser tag at a location in Manalapan for almost 10 years, is open for business at a new location.
Combat Sports is no longer operating at its former location on La Valley Drive, but is operating under the name Fireball Mountain at 297 Meany Road, Wrightstown, Burlington County.
Robert Peppard, owner of Combat Sports and Fireball Mountain, said he closed the Manalapan location in December, partially as a result of damage from superstorm Sandy and because of ongoing issues with the township.
Peppard has filed a civil complaint against the Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment and the municipality in regard to the zoning board’s recent denial of his request for a variance to operate on La Valley Drive, which is off Route 33 near Manalapan’s border with Millstone Township.
Jason Ching, 9, of Freehold, races through the course as he participates in a game of laser tag at Fireball Mountain/Combat Sports, Wrightstown, on May 4. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Peppard applied for the variance after receiving a notice of violation from the township.
Fireball Mountain/Combat Sports may be reached at 1-800-600-3086 and visited online at fireballmountain.com.
The original news story can be found here.
Rocky Springs plan includes laser tag
Rocky Springs Entertainment is planning a roughly 18,000-square-foot addition that will include laser tag.
The size of the expansion and its use were disclosed in a zoning request submitted recently to West Lampeter Township.
The center exists on a 6.94-acre property.
Read more about in on Lancaster Online.
Nexus equipment from Zone Systems to be featured on "How I Met Your Mother" tonight.
Nexus laser tag equipment from Zone Systems will be featured this evening on "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS. It is being promoted as a "Laser Tag Smackdown!"
Click here for the YouTube preview.
Outer Zone Laser Tag given 30 days to vacate space.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — With plans approved for a six-story hotel, changes are coming to Congress Plaza at 76 Congress St. and no one knows that better than Gordon Duell, owner of Outer Zone Laser Tag.
After 16 years in the Saratoga location, he’s been given 30 days notice by his landlord and will close Mother’s Day, May 12, this year.
Read the whole story.
New 50,000 sf Entertainment Complex Opens in Warner Robins on Friday
"Basically a Dave and Busters on steroids!"
The 50,000 square foot facility started out as a small proposal for a skating rink. But after traveling around the world searching for innovative ways to entertain, Rigby revamped his plans 26 times.
Watch the local news story.
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District proposing recreation center with laser tag
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is considering opening an Adventure Recreation Center aimed at teenagers and young adults before June 2014.
The 18,000-square-foot center would include a rock climbing wall, batting cages, laser tag, basketball, slacklining and a 6,000-square-foot indoor skate park. The center would target patrons between 15 and 30 years old.
Read about it here.
Arizona FLIPS over newest FEC
FlipSide has redefined the meaning of family fun for the communities of East Valley, Ariz. The excitement and anticipation began well before the location’s soft opening in January, as noted by the 1800+ fans they were already interacting with on Facebook; that number having since grown to over 2,400.
Read the story from Play Meter here.
Spare Time Fun Center opens
The latest initiative to boost economic development in Temple opens Monday. And unlike most wonk-speak, it’s sparkly, loud and fun.
Spare Time Fun Center opens the double-glass doors to the multi-colored bowling and laser tag wonderland at 5434 205 Loop at 11 a.m.
The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot facility boasts 24 bowling lanes — eight of them in a semi-private, adult setting — a two-story laser tag arena, laser maze, arcade games and a full-service bar and grill. A meeting facility with podium and smart TVs can seat up to 200 people, or may be broken into seven private birthday party rooms.
Read the whole story from the Temple Daily Telegram.
Stars and Strikes in Cummings, GA announces all-new vests, arena.
Stars and Strikes in Cummings, GA recently announced an all-new laser tag arena and new laser tag system.
See their website here.
Queensbury laser tag, go-cart business to add day care, academics
The Fun Spot, a Queensbury, NY mini-golf and laser tag business, is looking to expand by adding a day care and academic programs, according to a report in the Post-Star.
The town planning board has approved an expansion. Management of The Fun Spot has estimated that the day care would create 10 new jobs, according to the newspaper.
Laserworld to open first laser tag business in Victoria, TX
Laserworld boasts an oversized multilevel arena, or fort-like structure, where individuals and teams can shoot lasers at opposing teams.
The building also will feature arcade games, 4-D theater with simulated rides and short movies, a small cafe and six party rooms to rent for special occasions.
There also will be an observation deck for parents to watch their children play rounds of laser tag.
Laserworld, with a theme of earth, water, wind and fire, will carry designs of each element throughout the building.
Read the entire news story.
Entertainment venue will open in Stafford center
Bowling, laser tag, billiards, video games and dining...
The new location will employ about 150 people. Other Main Event Entertainment locations are in Shenandoah, Katy and Webster.
Read about the new center in the Houston, TX area.
Hanover landmark nearly finished with $18M makeover -- includes laser tag.
Eight basketball courts. The largest indoor turf field in New England. A laser tag arena, an arcade, batting cages, a zipline, outdoor ropes, a large café area, several flat screen TVs, multiple workout rooms, party/office rooms, homework study rooms, lockers and an indoor track featuring a middle lane specifically for sprints.
Equinox Announces Tactical Laser Tag in San Diego
Lemon Grove, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/19/2013 --
Equinox Laser Tag has announced Tactical Laser Tag Games in the San Diego region. The laser tag company, started in 2012, caters to families, kids and groups of friends. Tactical Laser Tag is different from the other laser tag games in requiring more attention to detail and concentration and consists of metal replica firearms such as M-4’s, AK-47’s, Mac 11’s, MP5’s etc. The game is a cross between Laser Tag and Paintball and the guns used are electronic which means it is completely safe without the use of projectiles and enables gameplay anywhere.
Read the entire press release.
Laser Tag sued by woman claiming injury in roller ball game
The Louisiana Record reported that a woman is suing a local entertainment venue for injuries she claims to have received on their premises.
Hilda Morales-Garza filed suit against Laser Tag & Games, LLC and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 20. Morales-Garza claims that she was a patron at the Laser Tag located at 8855 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie when she was injured by a defective roller ball game.
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Maks Family Fun and Event Center grand opening!
Maks Family Fun Center has opened in Copperas Cove, TX.
Current attractions include Laser Tag, Arcade, Cosmic Golf, and Lazer Frenzy. There are future plans for go carts, batting cages, and water works.
Click here for the full news story.
Yelp publishes useful article for business owners
We found this article and thought it could be a useful tool for FEC owners:
Yelp in Your Words: Negative Review? Stop, Drop and Roll
Newly Opened Jak's in Schererville, IN
The Post-Tribune reports that Jak's is causing a stir.
When the buzz of construction ended in the building adjacent to Omni Health & Fitness in Schererville in early December and Jak’s Warehouse opened for business, the talk among many fun-center fans was about how the concept got a new lease on life in the region.
Complete with ideas gleaned from recreation center conventions across the nation, Jak’s at 221 U.S. 41 provides more than 50,000 square feet of indoor activity space chock full of attractions from arcade games to Laser Tag to a Skytrail.
Read the entire story here.
Zone Systems issues news release
Zone Systems issued a news release on their website, claiming responsibility for 60% of new installs in the U.S. market in 2012. The LTOA has not verified the information or sources contained within the Zone Systems release.
To read their full release, click here.
Owners Hope to Create Recreation Winner at Champion's Hall
A new entertainment center in Eden Prairie is already home to AirMaxx Trampoline Center, laser tag, mini golf, mini bowling and 7 volleyball courts. What could be next?
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Computer tech at Elmwood laser tag biz booked in elaborate theft scheme
A computer technician with Adventure Quest Laser Tag in Elmwood was arrested for allegedly stealing money from the business through an elaborate scheme. Bradley Steele, 25, of Jefferson, is accused of remotely shutting down the business's security cameras and alarm systems at night and raiding the safe on six occasions, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report.
Read the whole story here.
World Extreme opens in Modesto, CA
A new business in downtown Modesto has taken the experience of playing combat video games such as "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and "Halo" out of the living room and into the basement.
In the 10,000-square-foot subterranean level of World Extreme, a maze of corrugated metal storage rooms serves as a battleground for players of next-generation laser tag. Under black light, combatants toting guns modeled after military weaponry make their way along corridors painted with fluorescent graffiti. Dramatic musical scores right out of video games mask sounds of "enemy" footsteps, heightening the tension as players cautiously pass doorways and turn corners.
Read more here.
Blazer Tag of Austin, TX celebrates its 14th anniversary.
Blazer Tag was opened in 1999 by owner, Thomas Maione, who transformed the old Southwood Theater into the largest laser tag arena in the state. At 10,000+ square feet, the arena has three stories of towers, bridges and ramps. It is also the only stand-alone laser tag location in Austin.
The Laser Tag Operators Association congratulates Thomas and the entire staff of Blazer Tag!
Indoor laser tag now at Southpoint Mall in Saint Johns, MI
Laser tag enthusiasts have a new indoor option - in St. Johns, MI. Kombat Tactical Laser Tag has opened in the Southpoint Mall.
Tim and Marci Balogh have been providing laser tag aficionados with Mobile Laser Kombat for five years, but the outdoor version had limitations - primarily the weather.
Read more here.
Xtreme Lazer Tag opens in Avon, IN
Gerry and Karen Modisett have opened a new laser tag facility in Avon, IN called Xtreme Lazer Tag.
The couple and their two children have been running a similar facility for 13 years in Terre Haute.
Read more here.
Announcing the launch of the Laser Tag Operators Association!
The Laser Tag Operators Association was formed in January, 2013 when news broke that the International Laser Tag Association had closed its doors. For more than 15 years, the International Laser Tag Association (ILTA) served the community of laser tag center operators, developers, and vendors.
The Laser Tag Operators Association has picked up the ball and will continue the mission of providing quality service and benefits to our members. We are the next generation.
ITLA abruptly announces shutdown
On January 25, members of the International Laser Tag Association received a surprise email announcing the ITLA had simply "gone dark."
On checking the ITLA website, members were met with a message that read "Game Over, Man. Game Over."
In part, the announcement read "It is with sincerest regret to inform you that on January 2, 2013, the Board of the International Laser Tag Association Inc, and its Executive Director, Ryan McQuillen voted to shut down the ILTA in the most efficient manner possible and to have business concluded no later than February 15th. "
As a result of this sudden shutdown, the idea for a new and improved association was born.