New family-friendly, ‘classic’ video arcade now open in Dayton

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Families that play together now have a new place to get their fun on.

New Challenger arcade recently opened at 221 Crane St. behind Mike’s Indoor Bike Park in Dayton.


"As a lifelong fan of classic gaming, opening an arcade has long been a dream of mine," owner Matt Payne said as part of a press release announcing the new business. "When I found out about the space available in (Mike Bisig's) building, I figured this was the best opportunity I could ever hope to get."

The arcade's soft opening was Saturday, Nov. 29, according to the business' Facebook page. 

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Brian Johnson, a media spokesperson, said New Challenger has 22 games and plans to add 12 to 14 more within the next year.

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During the month of December, the unlimited play month-long passes can be purchased for $20. The pass is normally $30. See below for additional rates.

Payne recently started an arcade club at Kettering Middle School, where he is a teacher.

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According to the press release, New Challenger builds on that effort and will offer a family-friendly atmosphere.

"It's the classic arcade model," Payne said. "But Mike's definitely bringing something new and exciting, and I've got some big plans for New Challenger on my end. Right from the start though, I want this to be a place where kids want to come and hang out and parents can feel good about it, too." 

What: New Challenger

Where: 221 Crane St., Dayton (Behind Mike's Indoor Bike Park)

Hours: Like Mike's Bike Park, the arcade is open on noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday  and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Entry is $10 for all-day play or $7 for Bike Park riders. A monthly pass is $30. "Crew Passes" for 4 are $30 or $21 for Bike Park riders.


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