CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville Strike & Spare, a 43,000-square foot family fun center hosted its grand opening Friday after months of renovations.
Strike & Spare, at 511 Little League Boulevard, has been open with limited hours for about a week, but will now be operating on a normal schedule.
Families ooo'd and wow'd Friday upon first seeing the fun center's 26 bowling lanes, laser tag room, bumper cars, roller rink, laser maze and restaurant and lounge area.
"I'll for sure come back," said Cody Bennett, who came to the fun center with a friend and her children. "I mean, you can't find this around any other bowling alleys. It's either bowling or pool and that's about it."
Jack McCarthy, the center's general manager, said that that's been the typical reaction from customers since Clarksville Strike & Spare opened.
“They are ecstatic,” he said. “They can’t believe how nice it is.”
Strike & Spare announced in January that it had lost its lease at its New Albany bowling center and would be shutting down in favor of opening a family fun center.
Since then, construction crews have been hard at work transforming half of a former Peddler’s Mall from empty space into an entertainment oasis.
It's a good infill project for a property that was completely empty for about a decade until the owner of CC Powersports bought it last March, said A.D. Stonecipher, a Clarksville town councilman and the president of the redevelopment commission.
"It isn't just another new business," he said. "This isn't just another commercial retail center. This is a destination, and people are going to come from all over to enjoy and make memories with friends and family."
Clarksville Strike & Spare also features an arcade with almost 40 games, a full bar, pool tables, a party room and a Wolfe’s Bowling Supply shop.
On weekends, wristbands cost $16.95 for one game of bowling and unlimited laster tag, roller skating, bumper cars and laser frenzy, a maze people navigate in an effort to avoid the laser lights. (Arcade games use tokens and aren’t covered by the wristband).
Wristbands are $9.95 on weekdays and $12.95 on weeknights.
Bowling costs $4.95 a game on Friday and Saturday nights and $3.95 for shoe rentals. That price is lowered to $4 per game on weeknights and to $2.50 for seniors if they bowl during the daytime.
Kids under 16 can bowl two games free every day of the summer at Strike & Spare if they sign up at kidsbowlfree.com.
The family fun center also offers to host birthday parties, corporate events and lock-ins.
Clarksville Strike & Spare is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight on Sunday.
The family fun center's parking lot isn't completely finished yet, although its side parking lot and handicap spots are ready for use. McCarthy said he expects the rest of the parking lot to be open by the end of next week.