Local students get pumped for the opening of the new gaming room in the basement of the Peerless Center. They are, pictured from left, Brenna Gatton, Anna Chaney (front), Arelys Arteaga, Miranda Schroetlin, Kailar Hayes and Tristen Ferguson. — Johnson Publications

GPRC gaming room soft opening Saturday

Fellowship of Christian Athletes to break in new spot with post-homecoming party

    It’s an asset made for the community and made possible by the community. One year ago, the Golden Plains Recreation Center/Peerless Theatre Board put out a call for donations to create a new gaming room for area youth; now they are making the final preparations for its grand opening.
    Saturday, Sept. 16, following the high school homecoming dance and lasting until 2 a.m., the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting the inaugural party at the new gaming room, and it’s open to any high school student.
    Board member Josh Skelton showed off the newly repurposed space explaining that video games are the center of what the room has to offer. Right now there’s a Wii and a PlayStation 3, with several games including the ever-popular Rock Band.
    Set up with comfortable chairs and couches, as well as a selection of board games and books, the basement room is equipped to be a fun and relaxing space for youth of all ages. Don’t worry, parents, it will also be a safe and well-monitored place for kids.
    Skelton explained that the gaming room will have an adult supervisor any time it is open. Board members will do some of the supervising, but the goal is to have community members sign up for slots to take occasional turns covering it. No R-rated movies, M-rated games or explicit content will be allowed.
    At the beginning, the gaming room will be open Fridays and Saturdays during the movies, which start at 7 p.m. Those regular Friday and Saturday hours will start once volunteers have signed up.
    Admission for the gaming room will also give access to the gym and the pool table upstairs. The theater will also start keeping the concessions stand open throughout the entire movie so it’s available for those using the recreation areas.
    Skelton noted that the gaming room isn’t entirely finished, but they are planning to open it anyway so students can start taking advantage of it as soon as possible. The board will, however, continue seeking donations to add a projector and more Rock Band equipment for either of the two consoles they already have. They’re also keeping an eye out for coffee tables and an air hockey or foosball table to add to the space.

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