It’s awesome when a news story like this comes about, there are several reasons why it’s such a positive piece of news to share but fundamentally the greatest element is the fact that it REALLY defies all the odds. It’s absolutely no secret that online bingo has spelled the impending doom of bingo halls around the country, and they are one by one closing their doors and succumbing to the almighty wrath of the Internet. You’d be forgiven for thinking there was no hope for traditional bingo halls at all any more, luckily though, despite all of the opposition and negative views, bingo halls aren’t dead. Gala bingo is about to prove that by opening another hall for the first time in 9 years in Southampton.
The new venue will be based in Antelope park and will open in January 2016, Gala alleges that the new club is going to introduce an entirely new concept for bingo lovers. This sounds pretty fascinating – if the new hall can somehow offer a totally unique experience that surpasses the simple need for social interaction (currently one of the only true benefits of bingo in person rather than digitally) and create a truly one off experience, unachievable anywhere else, then it might just be that bingo halls will be on the up once again like times gone by.
What Gala are proposing is rather colossal in its scope, they claim that bingo lovers perceptions are going to be completely blown apart by offering different zones and “much improved” facilities to attract a younger modern day audience. This sounds immensely promising and could indicate a merge between traditional bingo hall gaming and the new virtual bingo types the modern day gamers are used to – we’re expecting lots of technology, touch screens, online games and a seamless merge between E-Bingo and its traditional counterpart.
Not only is it fantastic that Gala are willing to embrace their roots and continue opening halls, but the fact that 50 jobs have been created by the introduction of the facility is certainly one of if not the biggest bonus this bingo palace has to offer – as the country recovers from a recessive period it’s simply fantastic to see businesses of this calibre being bold and creating opportunities for local people who will help drive the facility forward and hopefully make this latest hall the place to be on a weekly basis.
Gala have stated that the new club is part of keeping to its commitment to the treasury following announcements of a bingo tax reduction down to 10 per cent in the 2014 budget, and as part of that commitment they want to deliver the goods on an epic scale to an audience that, in 9 short years, have grown up a great deal and entered the digital age with open arms. If gala get the concept right, this could be the future for bingo halls and give hope to budding entrepreneurs that would otherwise have been off put at the idea of delving into the bingo market due to the previous risk factor. Good luck gala, and congratulations to the lucky 50 who take the helm and drive the future of bingo forwards.