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85,000 square feet of family entertainment opens in Virginia Beach

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 17:14:29-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In News 3’s latest “We’re Open” segment, we take a look at an enormous entertainment facility that recently opened in Hampton Roads.

Apex Entertainment opened last month in the Town Center of Virginia Beach inside the old Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s 85,000 square feet filled with nearly every indoor, family-friendly entertainment you can imagine. It includes indoor mini golf, axe throwing, sports simulators, go karts, a ropes course, bowling and an arcade game. There’s also a restaurant and two bars.

“We really cater to anybody, I like to say, between 5 and 75,” said Mike Duckworth, the Sales Manager for Apex.

Some of the attractions, like laser tag, have a military theme. Duckworth says they are eager to welcome service members when military restrictions allow.

Jason Redman says he’s been here since 1992 with the Navy and is now retired. He considers himself an Apex enthusiast.

“I was just blown away at what they had done with this - how they had maximized the space from the top of the ceiling with the ropes course, all the way down to the ground floor with this arcade,” Redman exclaimed.

He added that not only is he fascinated at the number of attractions inside the building, he’s impressed with the effort to include military into some of the themed areas, including an escape room with a submarine theme that’s set to open soon.

“Hampton Roads, we are one of the biggest consortiums in the entire country. We have more bases than just about anywhere in the country, and Apex recognizes that,” stated Redman who works with several military-related non-profit organizations and loves that Apex is community-minded.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the sales manager says they are limiting capacity to 250 and are requiring masks to be worn unless patrons are seated at a table and eating or drinking. He also stressed that employees sanitize equipment like harnesses for the ropes course, gear for laser tag and helmets for go karts after every use.

Parties are currently limited to 10 people. Duckworth also said the V.I.P. bowling area, which is separated, is also popular for guests to reserve.

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