With only a handful of competitive whirlyball leagues across the country, the Roswell location is a true score for local whirleyball competitors. (Monday nights are reserved for league play).
“I like this sport over other sports because, for one, you’re playing in a bumper car and that’s always a lot of fun,” says Timmy Knight, who is a massage student and father of two by day and league coordinator by night. “You have to be able to drive, catch and shoot without running into somebody and hurting yourself. There’s a lot of hand-eye coordination involved.”
Knight is one of five local players who have represented the Roswell league in the whirlyball national tournament the past two years.
With a small arcade, pingpong table and fully-stocked bar, WhirlyBall Atlanta offers a festive atmosphere for groups, families and coworkers. But be warned. Once you get past the initial silliness of it all, you might just find yourself showing up on a regular basis, even during warmer seasons.
Reservations required. $190 an hour, minimum of 10 people. WhirlyBall Atlanta, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross, Ga. 30075. 770-998-6161, www.whirlyballatl.com.
Though WhirlyBall Atlanta is the most established facility of its kind in the area, it’s not the only place for whirlwind good times. Jimmy’s Mad Mad Whirled in Marietta appeals more to families and children and is the only place in the Atlanta area that offers both whirlyball and laser tag under the same roof.
Mad Mad Whirled opened in 2006 in a former movie theater and some rooms are still available for video game parties, presentations and other events. It also features an arcade and midway games. But the main attraction is the two whirlyball courts where adults and children (no younger than 10 years and no shorter than 4 feet) can play. Mad Mad Whirled also offers party room rentals and concessions such as pizza, wings, hot dogs and a bar.
11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Rates vary. Jimmy’s Mad Mad Whirled, 2854 Delk Road, Marietta, Ga. 30067. 770-953-4040, www.funzoneatlanta.com.