Main Event Is Heading East With 4 New Centers

by Bob Johnson 0

Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment will bring its “Eat. Bowl. Play.” experience to four new states east of its Texas headquarters.

The company has selected sites for Main Event centers in Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; West Chester, Ohio; and Independence, Mo. All four centers are slated to open by summer 2016.

“Main Event is growing at a rapid pace, and 2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year,” said Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan. “Not only will we open a record number of our centers, we will also double the number of states where we do business as we bring Main Event’s unique blend of active entertainment and upscale food and beverage options to new markets.”

The new centers are part of Main Event’s development plan that calls for aggressive growth in carefully researched markets in the Sunbelt, Southeast and Midwest. Consistent with previous announcements, the company has plans to open seven new centers in its 2016 fiscal year and eight new centers in its 2017 fiscal year.

“Families and singles are looking for a new, highly interactive entertainment experience, and we believe this demand will only continue to grow,” said Keegan.

With centers ranging from 48,000 to 75,000 square feet, Main Event offers a state-of-the-art bowling experience with more than 20 lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena and a challenging gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery, which features more than 100 interactive and virtual games. Dining options feature a chef-inspired menu, specialty pizzas, a full bar serving innovative cocktails, wines and craft and local beers, and catering for corporate and group events.

Main Event currently operates 20 entertainment centers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia and Illinois.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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