ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Even normally laid-back New Mexicans need a place to unleash their rage now and then, and a new entertainment option aims to offer exactly that.
The first “rage room” in the state is opening in Albuquerque Thursday. ABQ Rage Room will give visitors the opportunity to smash, bash and generally destroy inanimate objects ranging from beer bottles and furniture, all in a controlled environment where they don’t have to worry about the fallout.
“Where else do you just get to just smash things and not have to clean up after?” said co-founder Rafael Tigay.
Rage rooms have sprung in cities all over the world in recent years, from Tucson to Tokyo, as a creative way to let stressed-out people vent in a safe environment. Typically, such rooms allow customers to rent a space and a weapon, and give them breakable items to destroy, or let them bring their own.
Alexis Hassley, another co-founder, said the idea was born after she and Tigay watched an episode of Law & Order featuring a rage room. Hassley added she was hooked on the concept after spending time in one in Denver.
“It’s just an adrenaline rush,” Hassley said.
The pair began wondering why there wasn’t one in Albuquerque. They joined up with Jerrad Manning, a former co-worker, to get the concept off the ground about eight weeks ago.
“Everyone is waiting for someone else to do it,” she said.
They identified a space near Pan-American Freeway and Menaul Boulevard NE, at 2715 Broadbent Parkway NE. Hassley said they acquired a mix of items slated for destruction through her real-estate business, as well as through donations and trips to Goodwill.
Hassley said ABQ Rage Room will rent its three rooms to individuals or pairs of people. The company accepts reservations as well as walk-ins. Hassley said there are five pricing tiers for both couples and individuals based on the size and variety of items, starting at $29 per person and goes as high as $119 for a one person or $149 for two.
For small and medium-sized items like beer and liquor bottles, the company lets customers choose between a baseball bat, a lead pipe and a crowbar. For deluxe packages featuring small pieces of furniture, Hassley said customers can add a sledgehammer as their weapon of choice.
Hassley added that visitors can select the music they want playing during their rampage and can also add extra items, including Keurig coffee-makers and printers. Visitors typically spend between 15 and 30 minutes in a rage room, she said.
Tigay said the company is planning an opening party this Saturday, though details are scarce. Once the facility opens, it will begin operating at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See www.abqrage.com for closing hours and full hours of operation.