The BettPlex sports complex has found a partner to build and operate the family entertainment center on its site.

Developer Doug Kratz officially announced the partnership with High 5 Lanes and Games Wednesday morning as construction of the complex continued in the backdrop on Middle Road and Forest Grove Road.

Kratz told the story of meeting High 5 Lanes and Games owner Scott Emley and even on a rainy and windy day, could not contain his excitement for the partnership.

"Today, I feel better than when I shook hands with him," Kratz said. "He's one of those people I've run across who say what they're going to do and do it."

High 5 will build a 50,000-square-foot facility equipped with a full-service restaurant, upscale bar and lounge, 32 bowling lanes situated on two floors, video game arcade a state-of-the-art laser tag arena.

While the downstairs will have a family feel, Emley said the entertainment center would incorporate a boutique-like atmosphere.

Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher said the entertainment center will help serve as an attraction as the sports complex helps draw in families and spectators from outside the area.

The sports complex includes a six-acre indoor facility with a full-size synthetic turf soccer field, hardwood basketball and volleyball courts, sand volleyball courts, batting cages, a family entertainment center, personal training, physical therapy, food, beverage and retail space.

The outdoor complex will include synthetic turf soccer and baseball and softballs fields with lighting for nighttime activities, walking paths and parking.

The sports complex was targeted for completion by the summer of 2018 and is currently on schedule, Gallagher said.

Emley stopped short of calling the entertainment center and sports complex pairing unprecedented, but said it was nothing he had encountered and lauded the partnership.

"I have not yet seen a family entertainment center attached to an amazing sports complex," Emley said. "This is something new and nothing I would have ever fathomed."

Tourism board awards $2.5 million in sales tax rebate

At the same time the entertainment center was being announced, the Enhance Iowa board was approving BettPlex's $2.5 million sales tax rebate application in Sioux City.

The item appeared on last month's board agenda, but Tourism Communications Manager Jessica O'Riley said the board was just completing its due diligence.

"This is the first award so it was being extra cautious," O'Riley said. "It's a new process and they just wanted to make sure they were doing everything properly."

Under the sales projections provided to the board, BettPlex expects to generate $66.5 million in sales over a 10-year period.

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