Popular business ready to reopen after ice storm

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Jonathan Buckley felt like he was watching a scene from a movie, as he surveyed the damage at Topgolf after an ice storm on Dec. 28.

"You're kind of speechless," said the director of operations. "We knew we had a long road ahead of us."

That road will end on Super Bowl Sunday.

Now, that repairs have been made, the doors are set to open once again at 9 a.m.

Ice had coated the protective meshing at the popular northeast Oklahoma City attraction, tearing it down and effectively shutting down business for the next five weeks.

It was bad news for the entertainment facility, which features an interactive driving range of sorts in addition to a bar, restaurant and other games.

Buckley said teams got to work right away making repairs.

"Our team didn't waste a minute, working overnight hours to get things up and running," he said.

But, it wasn't always easy.

Topgolf's unique design meant specialty parts had to be ordered and installed.

Oklahoma's breezy winter didn't make things any easier.

The staff used the unwelcome downtime to undergo further training and make sure everything was in ship shape for the attraction's eventual reopening.

"That was exciting to see," Buckley said. "The energy, the spirit in the building was great the entire time, and everyone's just excited to get the community back in here and show them what we can do."

The bar and restaurant reopened a couple weeks ago, though the facility was quiet the day before its grand reopening.

Topgolf would not say how much business it lost or how much it cost to make repairs, only expressing its enthusiasm to be open once more.

"The community has been super supportive and patient with us at this time, but it's all been great," Buckley said. "Oklahoma City is a great town. We certainly love being here and can't wait to open our doors back up and give our customers the best experience."

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