In place of what once was a sand mine, Crystal City Underground has transformed more than 6 million square feet?approximately 200 acres?of sub-surface space into a climate-controlled entertainment facility. With 30- to 40-foot ceilings, thick pillars carved out of rock, and a lake, it presents visitors with a multifaceted underground experience, one that already includes sand volleyball, disc golf, and weekend barge rides. Future plans for Crystal City have it adding more recreational amenities en route to becoming a subterranean cultural and convention center.
Patrons may have to look extra carefully to find Fallout Frenzy Laser Tag. That's because the laser-tag arena dispatches sharpshooters in an underground battlefield, home to a former sand mine and complete with strange cave structures and ceilings that reach heights of up to 40 feet. Additionally, because games unfurl underground in a climate-controlled environment, players never have to deal with rain, snow, or clouds shaped like ex–best friends.
Brandishing more than 20,000 square feet of space, Stratford Bar & Grill offers patrons an expansive selection of entertainment options alongside a menu stocked with burgers, deli sandwiches, and St. Louis–style thin-crust pizzas. Treat mouth pearls to a meaty classic by ordering a philly steak sandwich ($6), or anoint savory steak burgers ($5) with free extras including steak sauce, teriyaki, and prefeast genuflection. Crunchy pizzas deliver palatable packages of ham and pineapple atop the hawaiian pie ($10–$16), and jumbo chicken wings ($10 for eight) draped in hot sauce ignite the tongue and soothe stresses stemming from a temperature-neutral workweek. Sunday through Friday buckets of Bud Light (six bottles) can be enjoyed for $10.
Depending on how competitive you'd like to be, there are many ways to play sports?at a clinic, in a league, in a tournament, or at a camp, for example. Stratman Sports organizes all of these for a number of different sports, including volleyball, basketball, kickball, and bags. With offerings available for both youth players and adults, the company invites every potential athlete in the greater St. Louis area out to play, regardless of their age or ability level. Locations include The Pavilion, which boasts white sand volleyball courts and an outdoor patio that allows coolers. The staff also specializes in making custom apparel and accessories. They can create uniforms, logos, and other wearable items, meaning that athletes no longer need to play skins vs. rain ponchos.