Offering laser tag
Glace Bay Y’s Men’s and Women’s Club begins new venture
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.
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.