The Business of Playing in a Game Show
Ever dreamed of hearing your name called to ‘come on down?’ Game show contestant wannabes no longer have to wait. There’s a Golden Valley business making game show dreams a reality.
Just off of Highway 55 and Boone Avenue North, there’s a beige building where game show nostalgia is whirling.
Welcome to Game Show Battle Rooms, where the sweet taste of victory can be followed by the sting of defeat.
“People love it, they’ve come back to play our other arenas because we have two arenas, and they vary in games and style,” said Mariah Himmelwright, operations manager at Game Show Battle Rooms.
There are five games total, each one with a familiar spin on a classic, like Friendly Feud, Wheel of Phrases, Name that Price, Million Dollar Trivia, and Minute Games.
Groups can sign up for either 60 minutes or 90 minutes of game show glory. The appeal has been far reaching from grandparents to grandchildren.
“We’ve had a couple of elderly homes come in, we’ve had high school hockey teams, football teams, our market range is huge and anyone can play and anyone is able to do it,” said Himmelwright.
Kenneth Latham and his family decided to make their game show run into a
battle between the sexes to see how the chips would fall. Spoiler alert: the ladies lead never let up
“My parents actually gifted this to the entire family for Christmas, and so we’re just getting around to receiving that,” said Latham.
Even though the men in Latham’s family ended up on the losing end, no one walked away unhappy.
“It was amazing, it fulfilled the dream of being on a game show, I mean doesn’t everybody want to do that,” said Latham.
If anything, the photo that the winning participants walk away with, showing them with a giant trophy, may fuel a rematch in the Latham family, and that’s exactly the kind of competition this business loves to see.
“We want people to have fun, and we want them to come back,” said Himmelwright.
Game Show Battle Rooms are open seven days a week. The cost is 30 dollars per person.