Bradford’s first virtual reality arcade VR City is to open this week, occupying part of the former Boyes department store on North Parade.
The venue will welcome its first customers as of 17 September, offering ten racing simulators alongside a Walk Station and VR Arena.
“It is not new technology, it is old technology, but it hasn’t really been tapped into before. In the last four years it has really come on,” said VR City owner Hasan Khan. “It is quite expensive tech, so not everyone will be able to afford to have it in their own homes. 99 percent of people have probably never tried it.”
“You can access hundreds of games. It is really future proof. Until recently the leisure sector in Bradford was untapped – if you wanted to do something like this you had to go to Manchester or Leeds.”
The site is the latest leisure and entertainment venue to set up in Bradford town centre, with Loony Golf soon to open in another Boyes unit, while Time Trapped Escape Room recently opened its doors in Hustlergate.
Funzy inflatable playground opened earlier this year in the former Leisure Exchange gym, and Bradford Council are currently considering plans for a Ninja Warrior centre in Broadway.