Dallas-based entertainment venue Main Event is coming to Oklahoma City with a new 58,000 square-foot venue just off Memorial Road that will feature bowling, laser tag, an aerial ropes course, games, restaurants and a full bar.
The company has been looking to expand into Oklahoma for the past several years, said Main Event CEO Charlie Keegan. In January, Main Event purchased 5.6 acres of land just northwest of W Memorial Road and N Western Avenue for $2 million. A building permit filed with the city shows the new Main Event will cost $7.8 million to build.
“With Oklahoma City we feel like we have some brand equity in the market and that we will do well there,” Keegan said. “We think a lot of people in OKC shop and eat in Dallas on occasion and are familiar with our brand from our presence there.”
The company hopes to have the new Oklahoma City Main Event open sometime in 2015.
The Memorial Road corridor is rapidly becoming an entertainment destination in metro area.
“There’s a handful of sort-of entertainment districts in OKC, but we chose the Quail Springs area because we think it kind of fits our profile,” Keegan said. “We’re a bowling-anchored family entertainment center — because bowling appeals to a broad demographic, we have an adult component, we have a good teenage component and kid component.”