A typical Laser Tag attraction requires 3,000-5,000 square feet. The total space available should be at least 7,000 square feet in total building size to allow for party rooms, bathrooms, lobby, front counter, game room, and possibly other attractions. Laser tag areas as small as 1000 square feet can be accomodated with the CyberBlast Phaser system, but returns will not be on par with a full-size attraction.
Multi-level laser tag attractions tend to perform better than single-level centers, especially in highly competitive areas. Adding a walk-under raised area should be the goal if it is feasible for your building, local market and government regulations. a walk-under area requires a ceiling height of 16'. In some areas the regulatory burden may make it impractical to add a raised play structure with requirements to use a steel mezzanine, install new sprinkler systems, extra backup lighting and emergency exits. In these cases a partially raised area is still preferable to a purely 2D arena. This would consist of a small 3-4' high raised platform, typically towards the middle of the arena. A ceiling height of 12' can easily accomodate this feature.
For a 20 player, 3000 square foot laser tag attraction, about 160 square feet (8 sq ft per player) of the laser tag layout would be used for the briefing room, where the LaserBlast Briefing Video is shown 5 minutes prior to the previous game's end. Briefing the players early allows you to minimize turnover time between games, and maximize the games played during your busiest hours. Another 270 square feet (10-14 sq ft per player) would be used for the vesting room, where the computer, vests & phasers are kept. The remaining 2570 square feet would be used for the laser tag arena. See a typical laser tag layout and how to design for maximum throughput.
In the past, most laser tag attractions only offered laser tag and a small arcade or game room. As other types of entertainment have sought new attractions to offer more variety than their competition, single-attraction centers have become very rare, typically only excelling in smaller markets. Laser tag is now almost always part of a multi-attraction center with bowling, bumper cars, go karts, mini-golf, food & beverage, game rooms, trampoline parks, skating rinks, or even cinemas.