The Sandy Hook Arcade Center will close its doors at the end of August.
The Sandy Hook Arcade Center was opened in February as a way to bring parents and children together in the wake of the horrific mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. It offered 22 games when it opened, including stand-ups, pinball tables and air hockey, and was supported by donations and admission fees from out-of-town visitors – but Newtown residents could play for free.
But yesterday, the arcade announced that it will turn off the machines for good at the end of August. “It is with tremendous sadness that we are announcing the closing of the SHAC on Saturday, August 31,” its founders announced on Facebook. “What an amazing experience it has been for us to meet you all. Thank you for playing the games, volunteering your time, making generous donations and having fun with us. Your smiles, laughter and gracious words meant the world to us.”
All games will be free to all players during the final month of operation, and while it’s sad that the arcade will be closing, going until the end of August actually represents a real triumph: The original plan was to keep it open for just three months.