Offering laser tag

Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club be­gins new ven­ture

Cape Breton Post - - News Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Any­one look­ing for a game of high tech hide-and-seek or tag might want to visit down­town Glace Bay.

The Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club will be open­ing a laser tag arena for chil­dren and adults on Mon­day in the Y’s Men’s hall, for­merly the Knox Hall.

“We have a light sys­tem to go with it, a fog ma­chine and mu­sic, the whole nine yards,” said Bobby Donovan, club trea­surer.

The sys­tem cost $25,000 and al­lows up to 18 par­tic­i­pants at one time.

“Our club (mem­bers are) just pro­gram­ming the guns and set­ting up bar­ri­cades and then it will be ready to go,” he said.

Donovan said in the fu­ture they play to in­cor­po­rate the laser tag over two floors.

“We want to make this real big, there will be a lot to it.”

Jeff Knarr, pres­i­dent of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, said this sys­tem is high tech.

“This is one of the most ad­vanced sys­tems on the is­land,” he said.

Knarr said peo­ple will be able to down­load the app to a smart phone and do every­thing from keep­ing sta­tis­tics to cus­tomiz­ing their pro­file and even up­grad­ing their char­ac­ter.

Knarr said par­tic­i­pants can choose from 36 game modes and more than 100 weapons from a pis­tol to a heavy ma­chine gun to a “fu­ture” weapon.

“It’s lim­it­less what we can do with this sys­tem.”

Dur­ing the sum­mer, laser tag will open at noon seven days a week and re­main open un­til 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

If the ven­ture is suc­cess­ful, it will be­come a per­ma­nent laser tag arena and in the process will cre­ate a job.

The club hasn’t set prices yet but of­fi­cials said costs will be af­ford­able and on par with sim­i­lar venues. Peo­ple can book a birth­day party and there will be spe­cial group rates.

Donovan said mem­bers plan to in­cor­po­rate laser tag into the an­nual Scare Fair Hal­loween haunted house tours held in Oc­to­ber.

In other club news, Donovan said the se­niors pro­gram is con­tin­u­ing with its se­niors bowl free Fri­days from 12-2 p.m.

The club re­ceived an $18,000 grant from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s New Horizons for Se­niors to run a lo­cal se­niors pro­gram for a year.

The club has also held a bar­be­cue with prizes for the se­niors.

Donovan said 10 se­niors from a nurs­ing home re­cently had an out­ing at the bowl­ing al­ley.

“There’s other groups around and they can come bowl for free and have a cup of tea and maybe win a lit­tle prize.”

The club has also set up a se­niors’ room in the hall with a pool ta­ble and darts, mu­sic and a movie pro­jec­tor.

Ad­di­tional se­niors pro­grams will be or­ga­nized in the fall.

Any­one with ques­tions or wish­ing to book a laser tag party can call 902-842-6665.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRETON POST

Jeff Knarr, pres­i­dent of the Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club, gets laser tag guns ready for the open­ing of a laser tag arena at the club hall on Com­mer­cial Street in Glace Bay ear­lier this week. Knarr said the club’s laser tag is one of the most ad­vanced sys­tems on the is­land.

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