Archery meets dodgeball in Arvada

Archery Games is open for public and private play

Posted 10/9/18

Think dodgeball, but played with bows and foam-tipped arrows in an indoor arena. That’s the premise behind Archery Games Denver, which opened in Arvada the weekend of Sept. 15. The action-packed …

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Archery meets dodgeball in Arvada

Archery Games is open for public and private play

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Think dodgeball, but played with bows and foam-tipped arrows in an indoor arena. That’s the premise behind Archery Games Denver, which opened in Arvada the weekend of Sept. 15.

The action-packed game is aimed at offering a family-friendly experience, with each session running 75 minutes long — 25 minutes of briefing, basic archery training and practice time followed by 50 minutes of game play.

No archery experience is needed to play and the recommended age range is 10 and older.

“The key is to have everyone keep moving,” said Jesse Warlick, co-owner of Archery Games Denver.

Warlick, who had previously worked in investment banking, got the for Archery Games after his business partner returned from a bachelor party in Montreal, Canada, where he played a similar game.

“He told me he had a blast, we should look into it and that it could really work in Denver,” Warlick said.

After checking out the concept for himself, Warlick saw potential for kids’ parties as well as corporate team-building outings.

“Varying types of crowds really enjoy this,” Warlick said. “Men, women, kids, adults… guys are an easier sell, but girls, once they are in there, they really enjoy it. For team building its’ a pretty fun thing because it’s active. People sit at their desks so much now, so if you get them out there and get them active it breaks down that barrier of boss verses employee.”

Team building is exactly why Warren Fernandes and his co-workers visited Archery Games.

“My default is usually an escape room or a brewery,” Fernandes said, of their team building activities. “But this gets you a different side of team building. I didn’t except it to be this much of a workout.”

Archery Games is meant to be physical and participants are encouraged to dress for the gym. But the Warlick said the arrows are designed for safety, specially engineered to leave no bruises or marks. Masks are also required at all times in the arena to protect the eyes.

The arrows, manufactured in Germany, were first used for live action role playing. Each arrow combines an injection molded pressure distributor with multiple layers of foam to safety distribute and absorb the force of the arrow.

Archery Games’ climate controlled indoor facility is located at 5405 W 56th Ave, Unit D in Arvada and features a 3,300 square foot playing field and separate practice range.

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