Everything’s Bigger in Texas


The arcades at night, are big and bright… deep in the heart of Texas. It doesn’t get much bigger or brighter in Texas than at Gators Fun Factory in Early, Texas – smack-dab in the center of the state. Now, the FEC is temporarily closing its doors (as of March 9) to facilitate a move to the adjacent city of Brownwood, where it expects to open with new attractions at the end of summer, according to the Brownwood Bulletin.


The new Gators Fun Factory will be located in the former Diamond P Enterprises warehouse, a roughly 27,000-sq.-ft. building next to Gordon Wood Stadium, which hosts high school football games. Tonya Collazo, who co-owns the business with her husband Lou, said they’re going to start with the arcade and skating rink – current staples at the fun center – and then add a laser tag arena. The Collazos also have a vision for a future go-kart track and batting cages.

“At the beginning, it was just full of flat-screen TVs so kids could play Xbox and, of course, the skating rink,” Tonya said. “We added a full redemption counter to go with all of our arcade games, so it’s 3,600 sq. ft. of games.”

The Friday-through-Sunday business can be reached at www.gatorsfunfactory.com.


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