Getcha Game On brings laser tag to Lacombe
Stan and Amy L’Hirondelle stand in front of what will be their Getcha Game On laser tag facility just south of Tim Hortons. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
Get ready to “Getcha Game on” at Lacombe’s first and only laser tag facility.
Located just north of Soapy’s Car Wash, it will boast a 2,000 square foot arena, as well as a mini arcade and birthday room.
With a futuristic space theme, owners Stan and Amy L’Hirondelle hope it will fill a void in the City of Lacombe with regards to family activities.
“When we first moved here, we took the ids to the bowling alley, we took them to the corn maze and Ellis Bird Farm. Then we were like ‘now what?’” said Stan.
“They were always talking about laser tag - every time their friends had a birthday party, it was laser tag. So we thought if enough kids want to go to it in Lacombe and area, it would something for them to do.”
The couple first began seriously discussing it in June of this year, after looking into a Moonwalkers-type enterprise, and inflatables. In the end, however, they settled on laser tag.
By August, their request had been approved by the city’s municipal planning commission and is currently under construction with a soft opening date set for December 2, 2017.
It’s their first foray into running a business, but Stan has experience working in laser tag and paintball facilities, and Amy’s background is in home care. Together, they believe they have the right skill set to make laser tag one of the top activities for families in Lacombe.
“We’re biting our nails and hoping for the best,” said Stan. “We’re very excited.”
Lacombe won’t just have any kind of laser tag facility, however. The L’Hirondelles have made sure that all the equipment is state of the art - and from a supplier located in Alberta.
“We’re user laser beams instead of infrared beams, so you have to have pinpoint accuracy,” said Stan.
The arena will feature a few different sentries, a glow-in-the-dark mural, surround sound and a rubber floor, so if anyone trips, they’re less likely to get hurt.
Their vests will also be made of material that can easily be cleaned and sanitized between uses.
Perhaps what sets them apart from other laser tag facilities in neighbouring communities, however, is the ability to have four teams in four different colours play against each other at once, as well as air conditioning within the arena.
So far, Amy says the feedback from the community has been positive.
“Everyone’s really excited. They’ve been very welcoming,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun.”
Prices will range from $8.75 per player for regular games or $23 per player for a three-game package. Birthday packages are also available.
For more information, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LazertagMom.