For over a year, Turlock residents have watched from a distance as construction on the highly-anticipated Ten Pin Fun Center rolls along, and after several expected opening dates have come and gone the project is now slated for completion by the end of the year.
When crews first began constructing the 52,000-square foot family entertainment center in late July 2017, developer Rod Scott believed the building would be completed by February at the latest. From there, the opening date was pushed back to August, and now Scott believes December could be the month that Turlock is once again able to bowl.
“Everything is taking a lot longer than we expected,” Scott said, adding that there have been no major setbacks in the center’s development. “Just typical construction stuff.”
When finished, the Ten Pin Fun Center, which is located at 3700 Countryside Drive across from Lowe’s, will include 34 bowling lanes, a 4,000-square foot laser tag room with attached staging and vesting rooms, an arcade with 75 games and a prize redemption center, a separate bar for bowlers and a sports bar and restaurant that will include billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor bocce ball courts and an outdoor dining patio. The facility will also have seven banquet rooms that can host small birthday parties or large events.
“There are so many moving parts in this thing,” Scott said. “Everybody’s biggest question is when is it going to open?”
Scott has been involved with the process of bringing a new bowling alley to Turlock since 2010, but his first attempt fell through in 2014 after a lack of financial backing for the project. Now, the center almost a decade in the making is nearly completed, he said, with a finished exterior that includes iron artwork from Turlock company Steel Works and an interior that will impress visitors.
“I think they’ll be blown away. It’s really going to be a nice facility,” Scott said. “It’s the most modern thing you’re going to find in the form of an entertainment center.”
Scott believes the Ten Pin Fun Center’s laser tag arena will set the bowling alley apart from other local entertainment. Designed by Stanislaus State’s own Eric Broadwater, who designs sets for the school’s theater department and has worked on several sets in Hollywood, the laser tag arena features a real-life battle tank and centers around a “Call of Duty” theme, complete with games like capture the flag.
The center is also expected to provide over 100 jobs for the community, and Scott said the company has received so many applicants that they are no longer accepting any more. Bowling leagues for the facility are also already being formed, he added, and over 280 bowlers have signed up. Leagues are expected to begin in January shortly after opening.
“I think December is doable,” Scott said. “It depends…this stuff takes time.”
To keep up with the Ten Pin Fun Center’s construction, visit their Facebook page, Ten Pin Fun Center.