Interskate 88 will soon offer a new indoor sport — laser tag.
The addition to the roller skating rink features a multi-level area of sports action in an urban-themed setting that will encourage creative maneuvers among the players.
“We have been planning this for quite a while,” said Eric Nelson, part of the Nelson family who own Interskate 88. “We are trying to serve another segment of our population. Boys, when they turn 13 or 14, we don’t see them any more until they have kids of their own. And with the two colleges here, we thought it would go over well.”
Nelson on Thursday took a break from making the weekend birthday cakes to explain how the laser tag arena took shape. Interskate 88 will continue to offer the skating rink for birthday parties, roller derby events and social skating.
The idea to expand the skating rink into a laser tag arena had been discussed among the Nelson family since 2006, when the idea to offer a different source of entertainment was broached. Since then, various members of the Nelson family have been researching and presenting ideas that will come to fruition when the laser tag arena opens in late spring or early summer.
“We are very fortunate,” said Liz Nelson, Eric’s wife. “Eric’s father is building the addition, his brother is an architect who drew up the plans, his other brother is in business and his sister is a banker. They have all been very helpful with the project.”
The laser tag layout is designed by Creative Works, a renowned arena and prop design company. The hardware has been contracted from Lasertron, a Buffalo-area laser tag equipment company.
“Creative Works has done some pretty amazing designs, they can make under-the-sea, jungle and cyber arenas - just about anything you can think of,” said Eric Nelson. “We chose the urban setting with a couple of elements that will make the game really exciting.”