Blending passion, dedication, and speed with the fast-paced maneuvers of the beautiful game, Rocket City United blasts past foes while protecting the home pitch. The 2011 squad chases a National Premier Soccer League championship led by new head coach Gerry Cleary, who honed his high-kicking pedigree in high-pressure contests ranging from the All-Ireland National Championship to after-hours can-can competitions. From VIP thrones at Madison City Schools Stadium, spectators join the battle at five regular-season home games, as RCU jostles with rivals such as Chattanooga FC, Jacksonville United, and the Georgia Revolution. Season-ticket holders can also join the joyful throng at the NPSL playoffs, cheering on fan favorites during two semifinal matches (Thursday, July 28), waving homemade RCU banners at All-Star Game (Friday, July 29), and sailing paper airplanes at opposing mascots during the NPSL Championship (Saturday, July 30).
Within Spectactical Laser Tag's 5,000-square-foot facility, players slip behind stacks of oil barrels and fire photons at combatants moving between wooden barriers. To keep matches challenging, players must complete intricate missions while fending off foes in a battlefield enhanced by special effects. When not playing, they can kick back in the lobby and watch live CCTV of the action in the laser-tag arena. Spectactical Laser Tag offers open play on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and may add more time slots if necessary. Players may also take over the center for birthdays and special events with party packages that include game time and use of a private party room.
KidVenture unfurls a 10,000 sq. ft. playland where kids let their imaginations run free amidst the safety of padded surfaces and close supervision. Bounce houses, toy vehicles, a ship-themed clubhouse, and other play structures sprawl across two areas. One is devoted to walk-in play, the other is typically reserved for private parties, which include loads of optional special activities, such as face painting. The indoor fun caters to kids ages 0–10, including those with special needs.
KidVenture was started by a mom, and most of its staff are experienced mothers as well. That makes them the ideal team for drop-off play, during which parents can spend up to three hours shopping or playing hopscotch in peace.
Grip n Rip’s indoor sporting facility unfolds across 7,500 square feet of state-of-the-art baseball training equipment, including four full-size batting cages. With each token, good for 15 pitches, batters can refine their ideal stance, spit, and swing mechanics to smash baseballs, softballs, and fiery dodgeballs hurtled from adjustable distances and speeds. Pint-size sluggers can kick up cleats in a cage designated for players ages 7 and older, and older siblings can exert their ripened athletic insight in an adjacent enclosure for players 13 and older.
Under the tutelage of certified instructors, Paul Mitchell The School's scissor-wielding students cut, color, and primp keratin capes to professional-level heights. Although tender-footed trimmers don't carry their licenses quite yet, they skillfully trim and sculpt tresses into stylish creations worthy of their mother's mantel or specimen cooler (an $8 value). Newly sheared strands also receive a basic color treatment for a prismatic spectrum shift (a $25 value). Those who wish to focus on more phalangeal regions can opt for a soothing mani-pedi, a revitalizing spa treatment that pampers paws sullied from hours spent in the office, kitchen, or local tar pit (a $34 value).
With a meticulously maintained Bermuda grass driving range, PGA professionals on staff, and three practice greens, Madison Golf Center has fashioned itself into a prime place to learn and get better at the game of golf. The grounds crew keeps the large, 70-tee grass hitting area in pristine condition, cutting it to less than half an inch each day to accurately recreate the playing conditions of private clubs. Once players have worked the rust off of their drives and filed the rust off of their irons, they can hone their touch around the greens in a short game practice area comprised of three putting greens and a chipping and pitching green. The center’s trio of golf professionals are always on hand to help players along their path to improvement through private and group lessons customized to each player’s playing style and goals.