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Advanced-laser-tag facility Landing Zone Lancaster opening this winter

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A new business scheduled to open this winter is slated to be the largest advanced laser tag facility in the Northeast, according to owners Terry O'Conor, David Wood and Jeff Thornto

Thornton is a former owner of Warwick Township-based Atomic Design Inc., and the three say Landing Zone Lancaster will take a new approach to laser tag, more comparable to playing paintball or airsoft, but without the pain and mess. The comprehensive experience will offer games as tame as Capture the Flag or as involved as playing Halo in a live, 3D environment.

"Planning to match real time play with current video games and movies, such as 'Thor' and 'Halo,' visitors can take play to the next level, getting off the couch and into the contest," a news release says, adding that there will be "realistic sounds and sensors that take hits and turn them into physical, real-time feedback."

Landing Zone Lancaster will be in a 22,000-square-foot facility, of which about 13,000 square feet will be a multilevel themed course. In warmer weather, there will also be an outdoor component. It will be located at 401 Granite Run Drive in Manheim Township, combining two facilities that were previously occupied by The Scooter Store and Rexel Industries.

The facility will have birthday rooms and special-event space for corporations and private parties. There will also be a full concession area and an arcade and redemption area.

In spring 2014, the owners say, they will introduce Landing Zone Mobile, which will allow the game to go off site for corporate and private events. Corporate programs will feature team-building exercises and strategic games to build relationships and problem-solving skills. Checkers Restaurant will be the exclusive caterer for onsite corporate and special event clients.

The owners say they enlisted Battlefield Sports, an Australian expert in tactical laser tag, in the development process.

O'Conor has more than 25 years of experience in senior-level management, and Wood has a military background as an active-duty and Reserve Army officer and helicopter pilot.

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