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Work begins at site of planned entertainment center

Parking lot in northwest Highlands Ranch is fenced off

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Residents may be curious about a portion of the parking lot east of AMC Highlands Ranch 24 that was recently fenced off.

On Sept. 22, Douglas County approved a site improvement plan for Main Event, a Texas-based company with more than 30 entertainment facilities across the United States. The site is north of Plaza Drive at 103 Centennial Blvd.

In early November, the county issued a Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control Plan, which allows for site work. No building permits have been issued and Main Event is still going through the building permit process, according to Eric Pavlinek, a project planner with the county.

At completion, the entertainment center would include 22 bowling lanes, more than 100 arcade games, six billiard tables, a ropes course, a laser tag arena, a bar, a main dining area and a café, according to a spring presentation to the Highlands Ranch Community Association Development Review Committee.

Main Event officials declined to comment on a timeline for the project.

The entertainment destination would be the first of its kind in Highlands Ranch. The facility is comparable to Boondocks in Parker, Bowlero in Lone Tree and Round 1 at Southwest Plaza in Jefferson County. All businesses offer bowling, food and arcade games.

“Main Event is a fun place for families to eat and play together,” said Jami Zimmerman, vice president of public relations of Champion Management, which handles Main Event’s marketing. “It’s great for birthday parties and it’s very family-friendly.”

In recent weeks, after seeing the parking lot fenced off and torn up in areas, some residents expressed excitement for Main Event on a Highlands Ranch Facebook page.

“I’m really pleased that we will finally have a place for our teens to hang out,” one user wrote. “Our community has needed this for years.”

Sports Lounge Off Broadway, a bar and restaurant that opened its doors east of the construction site, at 44 Centennial Blvd., in early September, is looking forward to having a new neighbor that will draw families to the area.

“We’re excited about it,” said general manager Brendan Wood. “We know its just going to drive that much more business over here — something for the kids to do, something for the adult kids to do.”

Main Event serves more than 20 million guests annually and brings nearly 150 full- and part-time employees to its communities, the company’s website says

Tickets range in price depending on the activity.

Specials and promotions include a corporate All-Access Pass for $20.95 and a School All-Access Pass starting at $18.95, according to Main Event’s website.

Nearby businesses include the movie theater, a Residence Inn and several restaurants, including C.B. & Potts, Lil’ Ricci’s, Red Robin and The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen.

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