Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the indoor entertainment racing center located at 1230 Grand West Boulevard, has officially reopened. The racing center opened March 2 but had to shut its doors 10 days later in compliance with Fort Bend County Judge KP George’s order closing public spaces due to COVID-19.
On May 27, the facility was able to reopen at 25 percent, but all interactive games, including the arcades, were still off limits.
As of today, however, the gaming facility is fully operational. Andretti Karting is still only able to operate at 50 percent, but all the attractions are accessible.
The high-speed electric karts, arcade games, miniature golf, interactive gaming and bar and restaurant-style dining reopened under a new sanitation initiative with upgraded processes and procedures in place, a representative from Andretti Karting said.
The center is open Wednesday through Sunday so the staff can do a deep sterilization of the facility on Monday and Tuesday, said De’Vion Hinton, marketing specialist. During the days of operation, staff members clean each piece of equipment after use.
A 50 percent maximum occupancy allowance means that no more than 800 guests will be in the 90,000 square foot arena at any given time.
The staff maintains enough reusable equipment like racing helmets that guests won’t use them immediately after a previous guest, allowing proper time for the equipment to be sterilized. For VR gaming, Andretti Karting offers disposable virtual reality masks.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure our safety standards are the best they can be,” said, Hinton. “But we’re also making sure everybody has fun.”
Guests are counted upon entrance and exit to ensure the 50 percent capacity is accurate, said Jason Bryant, assistant general manager.
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Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility, and guests are encouraged to use them frequently. Tables in the eating areas are spaced a minimum of six feet apart.
All employees at Andretti Karting wear face masks. Guests are encouraged to wear masks as well.
Hinton said that the facility has been consistently operating at its new capacity since the center reopened partially on May 27. “We weren’t sure what to expect at first, but people have been coming in steadily, which we’re really happy to see,” he said.
Guests are thrilled to be back in the arena, Hinton said. “Every day, I hear, ‘Oh thank goodness you guys are open again.’ There’s been a very strong response to our reopening, and I think it’s been really good for the community.”
Bryant agreed. “Andretti has always been about entertainment and having fun, and it’s been a long time since people have had those things,” he said.