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Don't like the weather? Recreate indoors
July 29, 2008, 12:00 AM By Susan Robles

Alex Shamis/Daily Journal Jacob Hars passes the ball to his teammate during a practice game at the Nothing But Hoops camp in Burlingame.

Some might not think that an industrial area of a small town would be an ideal place for an indoor sporting facility.

However, the owners of Go Kart Racer, Nothing But Hoops and Bay Area Paintball disagree. For several years now these indoor recreation companies have been doing good business on and around Rollins Road in Burlingame.

The growing number of indoor activities in the area have served the community and surrounding communities well enough that Nothing But Hoops was just given the OK for expansion. Owner Tony Lottice is moving the facility to a larger location on Rollins Road.

Burlingame Community Development Director Bill Meeker said that while he doesn’t know of any new sporting facilities moving in, he sees the appeal of the area.

"The large industrial buildings are flexible in how they can be used,” said Meeker. "It allows for a large number of human occupancy.”

Jade Feliciano, operations manager of Bay Area Paintball, said people of all ages enjoy their venue.

He said that being indoors allows for the environment to be controlled, therefore lessening the occurrence of injuries. Bay Area Paintball recently installed a professional bumper set so when players fall they bounce off the walls.

"We eliminate the factors of accidents, like pot holes, branches or roots, that [participants] may bump into,” said Feliciano. "You also have to buy the paintballs from us, and ours break easily so the pain is equivalent to that of being flicked by a rubber band.”

Go Kart Racers on Adrian Road — just off of Rollins Road — will be celebrating their fifth anniversary this December, making them the oldest of the indoor recreation facilities. With their main business being corporate events, Go Kart Racers sees approximately 5,000 people a month, with no sign of slowing down.

"The great thing about being indoors is that we can stay open rain or shine, snow or high temperatures,” said owner Dave Robison. "Also, being along [Rollins Road] gives us great visibility from the freeway and brings in business from San Francisco as well as the Peninsula.”

In January of this year, Bay Badminton Center opened its doors on Adrian Road as well. The 40,000-square-foot indoor facility offers 16 courts and has held team-building events for companies such as Genentech and Yelp.

Victor Lo, one of the owners of Bay Badminton said being indoors lessens the chances of the shuttlecock being affected by the wind.

"I’ve noticed this area has become a sports entertainment venue,” said Feliciano. "It’s a growing market and a lot of people are starting to come down here and find out about the businesses that offer sports entertainment and we’re just happy that the area is growing.”

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