CENTENNIAL, Colorado. – While the Denver Nuggets power them up at the NBA Playoffs, there is a place for you and your family to enjoy a game of basketball, watch other sports, and relax in a restaurant and bar.
Jimmy Bemis and Matt Barnett are co-founders of The Basketball Social House at Centennial.
“The easiest way to say is that golf is better than basketball,” Bemis said. “But we have a lot.”
The latest crossover entertainment venue combines a variety of basketball games with great food and drinks and activities for all ages.
“Matt and I designed this to be a place to gather for the community,” Bemis said. “About traditional basketball, then new and innovative things in basketball.”
In good company: The Basketball Social House
There is a 5 on 5 court for recreation and league play, a 3v3 court with special scoring rules, and a “wall of hoops” for side games.
“It’s like a Pop-A-Shot on steroids, with loops hanging on the wall,” Barnett said. You have your own area to go to and compete with your friends.
It’s as casual or competitive as you want it to be, with it all centered around a 2,200-square-foot restaurant and bar to mingle with.
“The food here is amazing,” Bemis said. “It can satisfy any foodie. Our bar is specifically designed to rely heavily on local, artisanal, and upscale offerings. We have everything from ice cream to lattes to craft energy drinks, and a full beer, wine, and cocktail list.”
The space is also decorated with a mural by Thomas “Detour” Evans and works by other local artists. There are suites to rent for private training, team building or group outings where you can play computerized games on your own hoop.
“You can upload your profile,” Barnett said. “You can see your improvement. You can see every spot on Earth, your heat maps, all that kind of thing. So, I mean, the technology is pretty amazing.”
But many amenities are free and open to the public. They just hope you give him a chance.
“So whether you’re coming to play basketball, whether you’re coming to watch a Broncos game, or just to grab some lunch,” Bemis said. “If I’m here for a league or a tournament. I want everyone to leave thinking, ‘That was a really positive experience I had,’ and I want to go back and try something else.” “
They also host corporate events, birthday parties, exercise classes, and live music. Bemis and Barnett hope to expand the franchise to other cities across the country.
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