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Immersive sports venue Active Arena is about to open in Frisco » Dallas Innovates
Immersive sports venue Active Arena is about to open in Frisco » Dallas Innovates

Would you like to ski without stepping on the slopes? Score soccer goals against a “robo-goalkeeper”? Paraglide while barely leaving the ground? Or beat up an AI-controlled BotBoxer?

These are just some of the immersive sports experiences waiting for you at Active Arena, which is set to open in Frisco later this month.

Located at 8008 State Highway 121 #103 near the Stonebriar Shopping Center, Active Arena features 15 “unique mechanical and digital sports experiences” and promises to redefine the “gamer experience” for groups of all ages.

Virtual reality paragliding in the Active Arena. (Photo: Active Arena)

According to the group of entrepreneurs behind the new concept, Active Arena is based on the pillars of “technology, accessibility and edutainment”. Drawing on their love of sport and education, they have created a high-tech space where guests can experience “the thrill of professional and elite sport”.

“Our vision for Active Arena is to make all sports more accessible, no matter your activity level,” co-founder Subhi Gharbieh said in a statement. “Active Arena helps break down the physical and financial barriers that keep people from experiencing life’s greatest adventures. We want our guests to leave each visit inspired. We’ve curated a venue like no other to share with the Frisco and DFW community.”

Train like a US Olympic skier with the help of technology

A ski simulator at the Active Arena in Frisco is similar to the one used by the US Olympic ski team. (Photo: Active Arena)

One example of Active Arena’s advanced technology is a ski simulator used year-round by the U.S. Olympic ski team, the company said, and its debut in Frisco is set to be a first for North Texas.

This robo-goalkeeper? He may be lifeless, but he can sense which direction you’re shooting your penalty.

And if you’ve always dreamed of paragliding but are afraid of high altitudes, you can now try it out in a virtual reality simulator. You’ll be strapped in just half a meter above the ground – even though it’ll feel like you’re floating far above it all.

An iWall simulator turns your body into a “game controller”

iWall 3.0 at the Active Arena in Frisco. (Photo: Active Arena)

There is also something called iWall 3.0 – an “exergame” simulator where “your body controls the game”.

“This exergame’s motion sensor detects your movements and makes you the game controller instead of a joystick,” says iWall’s maker, Illinois-based Exergame Fitness. “The faster you run and the higher you lift your knees during parkour, the faster you run in the game.” Other interactive fitness games on iWall are more than just fun experiences: They’re also “a perfect option for a cardio workout.”

There is also Wild West-style target shooting, a tennis target game and much more.

Attempt to outsmart the robo-goalkeeper at the Active Arena in Frisco. (Photo: Active Arena)

Designed for birthday parties and group events – up to 50 players at the same time

The Frisco venue can accommodate up to 50 guests at a time. In addition to designated simulator areas, there is a central lounge area where snacks and sports drinks are available for purchase.

According to Active Arena, tickets cost about $29, including a preloaded game card for access to a variety of sporting experiences. Hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You can watch a video of the venue’s immersive gameplay and learn more on its website.

(Photo: Active Arena)

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