New bowling alley coming to Macon in mid-October

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Mercer students will soon be able to bowl at Pin Strikes. The business is set to open in mid-October.

Rose Scoggins, Contributing Writer

Mercer students will have the ability to bowl a strike at a brand new bowling facility beginning in mid-October.

Pin Strikes Macon will be located at 4318 Sheraton Drive, just 13 minutes from campus.

Regional Operations Director of Pin Strikes, Tim Mullen, said it is because “Macon was a good location, had property available, and the area had a need for entertainment.” Sheraton Drive is filled with hotels, restaurants, and is right off I-75, and therefore a good place for entertainment.

Pin Strikes currently has two other locations, in Stockbridge, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Macon becoming the third.

Freshman Kaliya Ware, who was on her high school’s bowling team, is excited about having a familiar place to bowl.

“I like that Mercer will have a Pin Strikes so close to campus because my town has one and it’s really fun,” Ware said.

Ware is from Tennessee and has bowled at the one in her home town of Chattanooga. She frequented Pin Strikes once a month when it first opened to bowl and do the other activities such as laser tag, her favorite.

Pin Strikes Macon will have 28 lanes, eight of them being VIP lanes. Group package deals will be available on the VIP lanes for birthday parties, sports team banquets and other groups such as businesses and companies. The deals range from two hours of bowling with food and drink included, to an hour of bowling and then an hour of any interactive game. Package deals vary in price depending on the event.

Bowling leagues will also be welcome at Pin Strikes, but not during the afternoon. Mullen said this is so families and the community will feel welcome to come in the bowling alley.

Along with the lanes, Pin Strikes will offer a full restaurant/lounge, bar, an outdoor patio, more than 70 arcade games, bumper cars, one of the state’s largest indoor laser tag games, a rock climbing wall and interactive games such as Balladium.

Balladium is a game played with two teams in a black-lit, carpeted arena armed with mounted Ball Blaster Cannons that shoot soft, foam balls.

Students will have the opportunity to visit the facility from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Mullen and Pin Strikes Macon look forward to working with Mercer University, its students and the community.

“I hope that the Macon community will see that this is a good, controlled environment for fun, food, and fellowship. They won’t have to worry about the weather because there will always be 72-degree weather and sunshine,” he said.