TBK Bank Sports Complex (BettPlex), a 75 acre indoor and outdoor sports facility and 2-story family entertainment center (FEC) is blazing the trail for a new type of entertainment venue. The sports complex’s FEC, known as High 5 Lanes & Games, hired us to design and install a custom pirate-themed laser tag arena and two escape rooms to its facility. Located in Bettendorf, IA, the TBK Bank Sports Complex is one of the largest sports complexes in the Midwest. For High 5 owner Scott Emley, adding laser tag and escape rooms helped diversify the variety of activities for families with mixed age groups that are visiting.
The 3,700-square-foot, 24 player pirate-themed arena acts as a ship sailing in the sea with wood paneled walls, an interactive canon that shoots fog, a ship mast that extrudes from the lower level through the upper deck, treasure chests, anchors, and walls with vibrant murals of an enemy ship engulfed in fire. Interactive elements were a critical factor for Emley.
After guests walk the plank in the pirate-themed laser tag arena, they can experience completely different worlds in the themed escape room storylines: Pharaoh’s Revenge and Mayday. In Pharaoh’s Revenge, guests enter an ancient Egyptian tomb and must solve puzzles to break the Pharaoh’s curse. Mayday is an underwater adventure where players work together to prevent the submarine from sinking to the ocean floor.
Creating unique spaces presents its own set of challenges. Often times, engineers must work with existing structures to find a design that best fits the allotted space. We collaborated with Emley’s team of architects and contractors for both attractions in order to ensure the best guest experience.
“With this size of a facility, it was critical that we visited and met with the entire team in order to right-size and value-engineer each attraction for the best ROI and experience,” said our VP of Sales, Russ Van Natta.
High 5’s laser tag and escape room attractions are set to open to the public in July at the TBK Bank Sports Complex.
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