Photo of the inside of Game Changer - showing a new indoor game room with putting green, arcade games and more.

The new indoor Game Changer area is now open.

When late last year Lanier Islands’ Virgil Williams offhandedly mentioned that the resort would be getting a game changer after the first of the year, he was serious.

The resort has just opened “Game Changer,” a 23,000-square-foot indoor recreation destination that includes virtual sports suites, a putting green, arcade games and an escape room.

“We’ve totally converted the former indoor tennis courts to a family fun center with something for everyone, no matter their age,” said Missy Burgess, the Islands’ director of marketing and public relations. “In addition to all the games, ‘Game Changers’ has a seasonally influenced menu created by our own onsite chef.”

The restaurant will offer salads, greens and bowls, hand-helds including burgers and sandwiches, main courses such as loaded macaroni and cheese and fried chicken, plus a special menu for youngsters.

The main floor offers wide-open entertainment where four lanes of ax throwing, more than 50 classic and state-of-the arts arcade games, a 9-hole putting green and a western-themed escape room that includes a bank-vault break-in challenge.

Upstairs, four virtual sports suites with large screens simulate more than 30 sports games from golf to soccer, football to baseball.

“Game Changer has been one of Mr. Williams’ visions for several years, and we are all excited that it is finally open,” Burgess said. “It’s a weatherproof place for fun for all ages. When it’s raining or too hot, people can come to Game Changer and continue the fun of the Islands. Plus it’s another place to go at night when the beach is closed. It’s truly a ‘Game Changer’ for our guests.”

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