Entrepreneurs pave the way with Game Show Battle Rooms in Golden Valley

“Come on down. You’re the next contestant on Game Show Battle Rooms!”

Guess the price, answer trivia questions, solve the phrase, complete tasks within one minute, enjoy time with family, friends, co-workers or strangers at Game Show Battle Rooms, a one-of-a-kind game show experience, coming Oct. 13 to Golden Valley, 8836 7th Ave. N.

Kevin Letnes, left, and David Sauer outside their newest business, Game Show Battle Rooms, in Golden Valley. The business partners, who met at St. Thomas University, wanted to create a family-friendly, fun experience similar in concept to the popular escape rooms. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)
Kevin Letnes, left, and David Sauer outside their newest business, Game Show Battle Rooms, in Golden Valley. The business partners, who met at St. Thomas University, wanted to create a family-friendly, fun experience similar in concept to the popular escape rooms. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)

David Sauer, of Minneapolis, was looking for a new business venture when the idea for came to him.

“I love the concept of escape rooms but I wanted to do something completely new,” he said. “I wanted something that appeals to everyone. I was watching a bunch of game shows. I was thinking, ‘Why do you have to win your way on these games shows to have fun? What if we created an authentic game show experience that can appeal to everyone and everyone has access to it?’”

Sauer and his business partner, Kevin Letnes, set out to create “a really super fun, authentic game show experience that you won’t get anywhere else.”

There will be two battle rooms, Classic Showdowns and New Age Frenzy, run by charismatic hosts. Each room will consist of four games. In Classic Showdowns participants will play Friendly Feud, Wheel of Phrases, Name that Price and Trivia Wars. In New Age Frenzy participants will play Minute Games, Million Dollar Trivia, Wheel of Phrases and Friendly Feud.

Professional lighting, an 8-foot spinning wheel and 10-foot tall game resembling The Price is Right’s game Plinko will make it feel like the real deal, according to Sauer.

Up to 12 players for the classic games and up to 10 players for the new age games, creating two teams, can play at a time. Players spend one hour in the “arena” playing several rounds of each game to determine the ultimate winning team.

The winning team can take a photo by the giant trophy and have bragging rights until a potential rematch.

Weekends are open to the public. A couple, team of six or an entire group of 12 will be able to buy tickets online for any of the Friday or Saturday openings. Groups smaller than 10 or 12 may be teamed with or against others who register.

On weekdays, private parties can be arranged for groups of eight or more people. Groups of 20 or more will receive a discount. Participants from larger groups that cannot all play at once can be part of the audience and watch the fun. To schedule a private party, email [email protected] or call 612-440-6090.

Sauer and Letnes are no strangers to start-up entrepreneurial businesses. Sauer’s parents own a bar and grill and his brother is one of his business partners. Letnes’ parents manage several restaurants in the Midwest.

“It’s definitely in our blood,” Sauer said.

The duo met at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis where Sauer studied finance and Letnes studied biology.

“We both knew we wanted to go into business,” he said. “We always talked in college about running our own company together.”

After college, they started Omaha Patio Ride, a pedal pub company in Nebraska.

When that went well, Sauer and his brother started St. Cloud Escape Rooms.

If all goes well with Game Show Battle Rooms, its creators hope to expand to other cities and potentially add a third arena to the Golden Valley location. Sauer also anticipates they will add new games after a few years to keep customers interested.

For more information, visit gameshowbattlerooms.com.