When fun is on the line

Zip City offers indoor zipline, trampolines, laser tag, rock climbing, soccer and more in Perry Township

General Manager Ryan Cobb
General Manager Randy Cobb

When Scott Weiner first walked into the building at 6650 Bluff Road in Perry Township, he says it only took him a couple of seconds to decide he was going to buy it. Nothing could be more fitting for the image he had in his head for his business, Zip City.

The 60,000 square foot building is now home to a 250-foot zipline, trampolines, soccer field rock climbing wall, laser tag and more. There is a concession stand serves high-quality food, beverages and beer and wine.

“I think this is the crown jewel,” Weiner said. “If I build any more, I don’t think anything will be better for this. The building needed so little work and had so much to offer. It was a miracle. It was the perfect fit.”

This is Weiner’s third Zip City facility, and the largest. He has plans to continue to grow the business on the 10-acre property, with a possible water park with near-vertical speed slides and rope course outside – in a couple of years.

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Trampolines at Zip City.

“It’s a great idea,” said manager, Randy Cobb. He and his wife have been in sports management for 32 years. “The Southside desperately needed something like this. There has been a lot of places come and go over the years. We don’t plan on being one of those places. We have a lot of fun things for the kids.”

Having opened in July, Zip City will celebrate its grand opening on Sept. 29. Zip City in Indianapolis is now open Tuesday through Thursday, 3:45 – 8 p.m.; Friday 3:45 – 10 p.m.; Saturday 12 – 9 p.m.; and Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

Here, Weiner shares more about the business:

Why did you open this business?

I began in Cleveland. I bought land for some real estate before the 2008 crash. We were going to build a shopping center in 2007. In 2008 that was not a good idea. I was sitting on this land and saw the trampoline parks popping up. I didn’t want to compete with them. I got the idea for indoor zipline. It flew into my head one day. I was dumbfounded that this didn’t exist.

What did you do to prepare for opening your business?

I opened two previous businesses. In Indianapolis – this building I found on the web for sale. It was huge and pristine and needed a small makeover, carpeting, paint, redo the bathrooms, new lighting, cosmetic stuff. We took out all of the basketball courts and put in everything you see on the web site. We put in a soccer field and maintained our soccer leagues.

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Laser Tag at Zip City

Who is your ideal customer/client?

The core age group is 5 to 15, however, I have seen little three year olds go down the zipline with absolutely no fear. You need to be 30 pounds. I’ve also seen a 90-year-old man do this… Moms do this, everybody. But the core is 5 – 15.

How do you plan to be successful?

We offer Knocker Soccer, soccer, trampoline, rock wall, laser tag and zip line. We can package them. We’ll do two hours of unlimited, go bonkers, crazy and do everything you want for $21.95. The whole key to success is being able to package things, multiple events together, and charge a lower fee.

What would we be surprised to learn about you or your company?

Between the three facilities, I have five full-time people and almost 200 part-time people. It’s much easier to run than you would think. I only really have to delegate with five people and not 200. The way it’s set up, we have incredible management. Once it gets going, it almost runs itself, if you have the right people running it and I do.

Zip City

6650 Bluff Rd.

Indianapolis, IN 46217

(317) 781-1100

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