New Centennial entertainment venue combines sports and social life

Centennial, Colo. – As the Denver Nuggets make their push for the NBA playoffs, there is a place for you and your family to enjoy the basketball, watch other sports and relax in a restaurant and bar.

Jimmy Bemis and Matt Barnett are co-founders of The Basketball Social House in Centennial.

“The easiest way to say it is, it’s Top Golf for basketball,” Bemis said. “But we have so much more.”

The newest crossover entertainment venue combines a variety of basketball games with great food and drinks, and activities for all ages.

“Matt and I really designed it to have a place for the community to gather,” Bemis said. “To traditional basketball, and then new and innovative things within basketball.”

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In good company: The Basketball Social House

There is a 5-on-5 court for recreation and league play, a 3-on-3 court with special scoring rules, and a “wall of hoops” for side games.

“It’s like Pop-A-Shot on steroids, with hoops that are hung on a wall,” Barnett said. “You have your own area to go in there and compete with your friends.”

It’s as casual or competitive as you want it to be, all centered around a 22-hundred-square-foot restaurant and bar for mingling.

“The food here is fantastic,” said Bemis. “It can satisfy any foodie. Our bar is specifically curated to lean heavily on local, craft and high-end offerings. We have everything from ice cream to lattes to energy drinks and a full beer, wine and cocktail menu .”

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The space is also decorated with a mural by Thomas “Detour” Evans and works by other local artists. There are suites for rent for private training, team building or group outings where you can play computerized games on your own hoop.

“You can upload your own profile,” Barnett said. ‘You can see your improvement. You can see every spot on the floor, your heat maps, all that kind of stuff. I mean, the technology is absolutely amazing.’

But many of the facilities are free and open to the public. They just hope you’ll give it a shot.

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“Whether you’re going to play basketball, whether you’re watching a Broncos game, or just grabbing lunch,” Bemis said. ‘If you are here for a league or a tournament. I want everyone to think, ‘That was a very positive experience I had,’ and want to come back and try something else.”

They also host corporate events, birthday parties, exercise classes and live music. And Bemis and Barnett hope to expand the franchise to other cities across the country.

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