Three phases of development will bring more fun to Big Play Entertainment Center over the next year — and possibly the tallest go-kart track in the world to Biloxi.
Just as soon as the first phase of construction is approved by the city, a 4,200-square-foot expansion will start going up, said Brandon Wooldridge, manager of the complex owned by RW Development.
The new building along Veterans Avenue will house three party rooms, new restrooms and more arcade space, he said.
In Phase 2, the original trailer by the mini golf courses will come down and a two-story laser tag will go up, Wooldridge said.
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The final phase will start after Labor Day next year and will complete the corner development, he said. Slap Ya Mommas restaurant on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Veterans will move to the south side of the new Big Play building.
That will make way for construction of a four-story go-kart attraction. Wooldridge said his goal is to make it the tallest go-kart tracks in the world.
It will be something like tourists expect to see in beach resorts like Destin, Florida — only bigger.
In July, Wooldridge told the Biloxi Review Committee of plans for a 150-space RV park north of Big Play and a multi-level go-kart track similar to ones that are very popular in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Wooldridge said they are looking at electric go-karts that race quietly, at speeds up to to 35 mph, on multi-level track with banked turns.
Big Play Family Fun Park opened in 2010 with mini golf and a small arcade and has grown almost every year since then. The park became Big Play Entertainment Center in September 2016 with the opening of a 26,000-square-foot combination bowling alley, sports bar and arcade that extends the season to year-round.
It’s been so popular, Wooldridge said, that it’s time to expand again.
“We’ll add additional parking across the street,” he said, in an area where employees and overflow parking already have moved on busy days.
“South Mississippi is still deficit in family entertainment since Hurricane Katrina,” Wooldridge told the Sun Herald last year, and he said it made sense for the company to add a year-round component to Big Play.
The 12 Brunswick bowling lanes, Laser Maze, arcade and sports bar have really smoothed out the season, he said, so the play doesn’t end when the warm weather does.