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ALERT: Wishbones Closed

Columbus Event Center is currently looking for a new home. Our Wishbones location had to be closed as the property was sold and will be torn down in the near future to make room for a new development of some sort. We continue to explore options for relocating and hope to find a new home soon. Please check back for updates. Thank you for over 20 years of support!

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Last week we wrote about the possibility that this could be the last year that Columbus has a roller skating rink. We want to reassure you that we have every intent of finding a new home so that we can keep hosting fun events in Columbus for many years to come. Here are more details on how you can help, and what you get if we're successful in our efforts.

In order to continue as a sports complex and family fun center, we will need to buy a piece of land and build a new facility. At this point in time, we have locked in on a location inside city limits. This means that if we are successful in the financing of this project, we will build a new facility in town, where kids will be able to safely walk or bike (or skate) to get to the facility. More details about this new facility are included below.

A project of this magnitude will come in between $1 million to $1.5 million. If we could just cut a check and make it happen, we would. The reality is that we can't, so we are talking with a few interested parties as well as local banks to help fund this project.

At the new facility we are expecting to sell a certain number of season passes. This will be an important part of our ability to pay bills and stay open in the new building. Trust us, our season passes will be a great deal, easily the best in town in terms of price and value.

This is where our new FAMILY PASS comes into play. What we are needing to accomplish with this sales drive is to get as many families on board as possible. If we can sell enough FAMILY PASSES for this final year at Wishbones, a building that is not in very good shape, then this will help prove that the community wants and needs us to succeed. Better yet, if we sell enough passes, we would be able to put those funds directly toward the brand new facility, reducing the size of the loan and investment needed to get going. So, if we can sell enough passes, we'll be breaking ground as soon as possible, and moving in by next year! However, if we don't sell enough passes or fall short in our efforts, we will not have a home for our business, and will be forced to close our doors for good.

As we mentioned in our last letter, this is a great opportunity for the people of Columbus to step up and help push us toward our goal. If we fall short, we'll be closed down for good by next year. Time is not on our side, so we need your help TODAY!

What we're offering is one heck of a deal, where your family can enjoy all of the skating and sports leagues you want for this last year at Wishbones for the low price of just $300 (plus tax). We've set up four different payment plan options to fit any budget, and appreciate any and all support we can get. As you'll read below, these passes are an amazing deal even at our Wishbones location, and they will certainly be an even better one once we build that new facility for you. In return for your support now, you'll be able to renew your passes at this incredible price at the brand new facility if you choose to do so! They'll certainly be priced a little higher (but still the best deal in town) for those who don't take advantage of this offer today.

Here's what each member of your family will get during this final year at Wishbones with your FAMILY PASS:
  • Unlimited admissions to all public skate sessions
  • Unlimited skate rental
  • Unlimited indoor soccer, roller hockey, and dodgeball leagues
  • Opportunity to renew your family pass at the same price at the brand new facility

That's a value of nearly $6,400 for your family, at the low price of just $300 (plus tax). We hope you'll consider this for your family (maybe an early Christmas present for everyone, perhaps?). By doing so, you'll be supporting our efforts to build a brand new family fun center and sports complex located inside the city limits of Columbus! Here is everything we have planned for that new facility:

Family Fun Center:
Larger roller skating rink, more public skate sessions, more birthday party availability, larger laser tag arena, more arcade games, more prizes, bounce houses, Pro Shop, and eventually Go Karts and other outdoor activities

Sports Complex:
Our new facility will also feature in indoor artificial turf field. We will offer baseball and softball training facilities, and leagues, tournaments, and practice facilities for the following sports: soccer, football, roller hockey, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, and others. We will also have outdoor courts, fields, and batting cages for the majority of these sports when the weather is nicer.

Restaurant/Sports Bar
As an added convenience for your visit, we'll also finally be able to offer a full menu of food and drinks. This part of the facility will be open throughout the day, and will compliment the two multi-purpose arenas of our facility.

...And So Much More!
Because this new facility will have a wide-open floor plan and additional space, we will be able to host so many different events and activities indoors and out with a much more flexible schedule than we can at Wishbones. It will be a true multi-purpose community center. Regional sports tournaments and leagues, concerts, receptions, trade shows, and a nearly unlimited list of special events will be possible at this new facility. All of these activities will bring people to Columbus, helping support other area businesses in the process!

Remember, for just $300 (plus tax) today, you'll get to celebrate our final year at Wishbones. Then, when we build that new facility, you'll get to enjoy all of those great things and more for the same $300 (plus tax) renewal rate at the new facility. As you can see from the list above, the value of such a pass is many times greater than what we currently offer at Wishbones.

The bottom line is this...if enough people purchase a FAMILY PASS today, we can prove to lenders and investors that Columbus wants this to happen. We only need to sell a couple hundred of these passes to get a solid jump on this effort. If we sell even more passes than that, we may be able to raise enough funds to cover a significant portion of the funding needed to get going, and reduce our dependence on outside funding sources. All of the funds raised from the sale of these passes will be going toward the new facility, so your help is greatly appreciated.

Will you join us in our efforts to bring a true "Quality of Life" venue to Columbus? We'll make it well worth your money to do so and have a great time while we're at it. Let's have a fun final year at Wishbones and get out of that old building and into something much nicer.

Thanks for all of your support! It is appreciated more than you can imagine. Click here to buy a FAMILY PASS today

Please continue to check our website and social media locations for ongoing updates to our efforts for a new facility. We will be emailing and posting updates online. Please share with your family or friends to help us make this happen. Thanks in advance for your help!

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