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Eat.Bowl.Play. That's the tag line for Main Event, an entertainment destination for people of all ages. The Dallas-based chain has two locations in Arizona, Tempe on the east side of town and Avondale on the west, as well as more than 20 other entertainment centers in the U.S. There are activities here for all ages: bowling, laser tag, billiards, gravity ropes and electronic games. You'll find a full-service restaurant, a pizza and gelato café, and a bar for the adults. There are prizes and party spaces. Main Event is spacious, bright, loud, exciting and packed with fun.
What Happens at Main Event
Bowling is the major attraction here. At the Tempe Center there are 20 lanes, all of which have state-of-the-art equipment, video screens -- you can personalize your scoring experience! The lanes are somewhat dark, employing colored lights and other effects to enhance the experience. Got little ones bowling with you? They even have bumpers that emerge and retract, depending on who's turn it is to bowl. Pricing for bowling is charged per lane, and not per hour, so if you have a family of six you'll get the best deal. Double-date? Why not find another couple to join and share the cost! You are welcome to bring your own bowling equipment, but if you don't have bowling shoes, you may rent them. Don't forget to being socks! What? You forgot? No worries. You can also get socks at Main Event.
Probably the next most popular activity at Main Event is Laser Tag, with a two-level arena. A session lasts about 15 minutes. Balance on bridges, ropes and planks high above the arcade on the Gravity Ropes. You'll be wearing a safety harness and there's a height requirement for this challenge. Hey you adults -- do you have a phobia about heights, or are you just afraid of being embarrassed up there? You can do it!
The billiard area features full-size, regulation tables that you can rent in half-hour increments as well as shuffleboard. The video and interactive games require use of the FUNCard. The gaming gallery offers options for all level of gamer, for individuals or with friends. Yes, you can play air hockey, too!
While you are walking from one fun thing to do to another fun thing to do, stop and check out the interactive floor in the center of the building!
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Food, Parties, Leagues, Corporate Meetings
Main Event elevates the fun and games with food, drinks, parties and meeting space.
What about the food?
The dining options at Main Event are designed to be more than just snack food to keep people playing longer. The company wants their restaurant to be a destination. The stand-alone pizza café has reasonably priced specialty or create-your-own pizzas as well as a Kid's Menu and Smoothies. For a cool treat, try some gelato. Thanks for the unlimited fountain drinks! For a more traditional meal, farther away from the action, the full-service menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, ribs, and more.
After dinner, adults might want to gather at the lounge where they'll find a full bar featuring premium liquors, wine and beer.
Time to party!
Just about every entertainment venue has a party program, and Main Event is no different. There are packages for every celebration -- birthday parties (ages up to 15), school events, packages for tweens/teens ages 11 -18. If you are hosting ten or more kids for a fun time, Main Event has a package for you. Celebrating with your co-workers? If you have a group of ten or more you can arrange for an after work happy hour with drinks, food, reserved tables in the bar, billiards and shuffleboard. Going away party, bridal party or congratulating someone on a promotion? How about one of several choices for a buffet and a dessert bar? Sounds good to me!
Let's conduct some business
Really? At an indoor amusement venue? Yes, really. Main Event has a business conference room, away from the noise (and with a separate music system) where you can have meetings, arrange for catering, and hopefully break for some team-building fun at the lanes, in the laser tag arena or even on the gravity ropes obstacle course. Or all three!
As you might imagine, Main Event can be rented out in its entirety for any large party -- for a prom, for a reunion, a lock-in event or a company party.
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10 Things to Know Before You Go
Ten Things To Know about Main Event
- You can use cash, credit cards and gift cards at Main Event. You'll need to purchase a FUNpass to play games.
- Laser Tag and Gravity Ropes have a height requirement of 48" to play.
- During certain hours billiard tables may be restricted to those 18+. There may be free billiards during specific times.
- Just chillin' while the kids play their little hearts out? Free wi-fi is available throughout the building.
- Music plays throughout, including in the cafe and restaurant. In the enclosed conference room, there are separate controls allowing meeting participants to work without music.
- Conference facilities have podiums, and A/V equipment including flat screen televisions, DVD players, wireless handheld microphones, projectors, screens and complimentary WiFi.
- We have curfews in Arizona, so underage guests must be accompanied by a responsible adult after certain times.
- Check online for spring break specials and summer camps.
- Bowling leagues? Yeah, they have those, too. Offered several times per year, Main Event hosts eight-week leagues.
- Party rooms are not in enclosed spaces and are, therefore, not private.
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Main Event: Where, When and How Much
Main Event has two locations in the Greater Phoenix area, one in the East Valley (Tempe) and one in the West Valley (Avondale).
Avondale Main Event
10315 W. McDowell Rd.
Avondale, AZ 85392
Tempe Main Event
8545 S. Emerald Dr
Tempe, Arizona 85284
This location is right next to IKEA in Tempe.
Both locations are accessible by bus, but neither is close to a Light Rail station. In Tempe, kids may be able to ride the bus for free.
Basically 11 a.m. to midnight, but vary seasonally. On Saturdays, they may open earlier, and on Friday and Saturday nights they may stay open later.
Main Event locations may be closed on certain days if they are having special events or private parties. Check online or call before you go!
What it Costs
There is no admission charge to enter Main Event. You are free to come in to grab a gelato, a pizza, visit the bar if you are old enough or dine in the full-service restaurant.
Fees for bowling vary depending on when you bowl; fees are charged per lane/per hour for a maximum of six people per lane. Bowling shoes are available to rent.
Laser Tag and Gravity Ropes have per session rates. Sessions are about 15 minutes in length.
The FUNcard is used to play the games You may load the card -- it makes a great gift -- and the card can be kept permanently and recharged on any visit. Each game requires a certain amount to play. Video game play prices range from $1.25 to $4.00 per play (2016).
Check online for special deals and discounts, like Monday Night Madness and bonus play FUNcards.
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