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How Much Space Do You Need To Play Laser Tag

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How Much Space Is Needed To Play Laser Tag?

There are two ways to answer the question "How much space is needed to play laser tag?" depending on if you are planning to play playing indoors or outdoors.

In determining the best answer to the question "How much space is needed" there are several criteria to consider.

How much space you need for laser tag depends on how many gamers you want to have playing at once. It also depends on whether or now you are playing indoors or outdoors. As a general rule of thumb for an indoor arena you will need around 10 meters square (or 100 feet square) per player. Remember you will need to plan for your Foyer/entrance + Armory + Battlefield maze + Office/back-of-house + Party rooms (Plus cafe & Games area). Outdoor venues can be anything from a suburban backyard to a huge forest acerage (and just about anything in between!). 

Criteria To Consider for Laser Tag Playing Space

When trying to work out how much space you need to laser tag first consider the number of gamers who want to play simultaneously.

Do you want a small group such as 5 on 5? Or do you want to cater to a large group such as 50 versus 50? Or even 100 versus 100.

Second, consider how "dense" the terrain is (in other words how many things there are to hide behind).

Are you planning to play in a small indoor arena?

Or acres of open woodland?

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Another consideration is your immediate drawing population. We consider your drawing population the number of people who live within a 30-minute drive from your location. (Or if you are a tourist destination the number of visitors you have in season.)

If it is a downtown high-profile location of a capital city then you'll want a bigger arsenal than if you operate in a small country town.

Space for Indoor Laser Tag

Consider how much arena space just for the battlefield playing area you will need.

It is common for indoor arenas to separate the armory/kit-up area from the battlefield. When considering space requirements, you'll also need to factor in space for the foyer, party rooms, restrooms, offices, and food and beverage will be added to these figures.

Regarding the minimum area in which to play, we have squeezed into a 30ft x 30ft (10m x 10m) area and that was inside a pavilion as part of a Comicon, where space was at a premium!

In this small area, we only had 10 players at a time. Five on the red team and five on the blue team. And we kept the games short, around 5 minutes in duration.

Recently we created a pop-up laser tag arena in a shopping mall. The indoor laser tag maze was 40ft (12m) by 50ft (15m). In this maze, we had up to 18 people playing at once. We ran 10-minute games every 15 minutes all day.

A good rule-of-thumb for laser tag battlefield is to allow for 100-120 square feet per gamer (or 100m2) on the floor foot-print of your playing area or battlefield.

The key to squeezing into small areas is to have LOTS of things to hide behind.

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Space for Outdoor Laser Tag

For a normal outdoor festival, we would recommend 65ft x 50ft. So you could have up to 20 players at a time.

Alternatively, if you are running a longer session for a birthday party or a team-building activity in an outdoor location then you can afford to have a bit more space.

We operate within a Gold Coast resort and we only have 2 or 3 acres of rainforest in which to play outdoor laser tag. For a 2 hour session, we book up to 100 gamers at a time.

If you have a more spread out area games can be of a longer duration.

For example, our regular battlefield is 3 acres of rainforest within the campus of a resort.

Here for a public session, we run 4 by 15-minute games over a 2-hour session.

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Things To Consider For Both Indoors and Outdoors

When the areas are very small, then ideally your games would be short. Say 5 minute games. Or for a clan war even 3 minutes, tops.

For a 5-minute game at a festival, we would charge $5 a go. But every market is different, so it would be a good idea for you to check what overrides / attractions charge and match (or beat) that ticket price.

Most festival organizers are concerned about space.

People might question the space an extra laser tag attraction could squeeze into. This is a tip for new operators: absolutely, positively demand that your attraction squeezes into the main area, right at the heart of sideshow alley.

Otherwise, you might find yourself very far away from everyone else's site.

Worse still you might have to shuttle people to the arena about 500 yards (approx. 500 meters) or further away. This is a death knell. As they say, "out of sight, out of mind". People need to see the action so they will be excited to play.

When you are running a fun event, keep the games simple. many battlefield operators play one game, over and over.

The two most popular games are Team Death Match (also known as Elimination Match) and the Domination Game (also known as Capture & Hold). 

Whatever you label these missions as keeping the games simple enables you to streamline staff training.

In general, the more space you have then the more complex scenarios you can run.