By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Music, black lights, athletic competition, reflectors and fun all go into the mix at Ultimate Lasertag in Downtown Safford between Trophies ’N Tees and Safford Dance Academy.
The new laser tag gaming facility at 515 W. Main St. will hold its grand opening celebration Friday, starting with a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Tentative regular opening hours are Monday-Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each game can accommodate up to 16 players.
Brothers Carlos and Aaron Montaño have spent their free time away from their day jobs with Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. converting the property Downtown to bring a family-friendly, wholesome and fun activity for the young and old alike.
“It’s something for our kids to do because there’s nothing,” Carlos said.
Aaron agreed but added that the facility wasn’t just for youth.
“From 5-year-olds to 60-year olds, its fun for any age,” Aaron said. “My dad loves playing it too.”
The building boasts a 2,000-square-foot gaming facility with home bases for both teams, various obstacles with reflectors and areas where the facility shoots at the players, all lit up under black lights.
Players initially gear up by donning a vest with six point locations on the front and back where the laser will register a point for a hit. A seventh point location is on the laser gun itself. After getting geared up, players are shown a quick informative video of how to play the game and then they are off into the arena.
After the game, players can look on the scoreboard to see how they did against their friends and others who played during their session and the top scores for the day.
In addition to the laser tag arena, the facility also has a lobby area with tables and chairs where people can congregate and enjoy refreshments while regaling each other on their exploits or waiting for another turn. So, if you’re looking for a family-friendly fun time at a reasonable price, come on down to Ultimate Lasertag in Downtown Safford, starting Friday, April 7 at 3 p.m.
Along with regular game play, the facility can be used for special events, and the Montaño brothers also look forward to promoting youth and adult laser tag leagues in the near future.
For more information visit the business’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UltimateLasertag07/.
This article is sponsored by Ultimate Lasertag.