Josef Niedermayer currently needs staying power.
For the second time, his play arena in Bad Wiessee is in lockdown.
The 70-year-old wants to continue anyway.
The lease for the former tennis hall ends in October 2021.
Josef Niedermayer wants to extend the contract for the Spielarena.
The condition of the building raises questions.
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"We're open" was until recently in large letters on the Wiesseer Spielarena homepage.
A misinformation, as it quickly turned out.
Like all other leisure facilities, Josef Niedermayer's indoor playground had to close its bulkheads again when the second lockdown came into effect at the beginning of November.
For Niedermayer this means: total standstill.
After all, “To Go” and “Click & Collect” are not options for his gaming arena.
Nevertheless, the operator does not want to give up.
"I can get through it until summer," says Niedermayer, referring to the crisis.
He hopes to be able to reopen his play arena at least after Easter.
Niedermayer believes that the infection process will not allow this beforehand.
After all, indoor playgrounds are places where many children meet - “the government doesn't want to take any chances”.
Reluctant demand for the first lockdown
The owner and founder of the Wiesseer Spielarena is also skeptical about the first weeks and months after the reopening.
The visitors - as the past summer showed - would be rather hesitant to come to facilities like his in times of pandemic.
"These will probably be zero rounds or slight minus rounds for the time being," fears Niedermayer and recalls the situation in summer when the facility was finally allowed to open again after the first lockdown: an average of five birthdays were celebrated in the game arena on weekends during these months - According to Niedermayer, at normal times it is 25. "People were just scared."
Lease contract ends in October 2021
Niedermayer himself is combative.
“Complaints are useless - at some point the situation will normalize again,” he says.
And then the 70-year-old would like to hang on for a few more years.
Actually, his lease with the community that owns the former tennis hall and today's game arena ends in October 2021. "My goal would be to get another five-year contract," explains Niedermayer, who is still fit at 70 feels enough for the task.
According to the operator, the play arena itself would also be equipped for the future.
After the TÜV paid him a visit during the Corona crisis, all equipment was serviced and put in order, assures Niedermayer.
The signs that the tenant can continue are not bad.
In the spring of last year, at the insistence of the CSU parliamentary group, the local council decided that Mayor Robert Kühn should seek talks with Niedermayer about a new lease.
Draft contract is available
This has also happened, reports City Hall boss Kühn when asked by our newspaper.
Negotiations with the gaming arena operator began relatively quickly after the municipal council's decision.
"There is already a draft contract," explains Kühn.
In order to get the agreement wrapped up, however, there are still a few final questions to be clarified, which are primarily due to the age and condition of the building.
"Corona has slowed the whole thing down a bit," admits the mayor.
Kühn did not want to comment on the period by which the lease with Niedermayer could be extended.
“The community is in a quandary,” he explains.
On the one hand, the local council agreed that they wanted to receive the offer of a play arena, on the other hand, they did not know how the situation on the area on Wilhelminastraße was going to develop.
After all, there are major hotel plans on the neighboring property of the former iodine bath.
Kühn: "We need a certain degree of flexibility here." The municipality must therefore find a way to preserve an "exit option" on the one hand and to guarantee the operator the necessary security on the other.
Air dome collapsed
So Niedermayer has to maintain his optimism until he is signed.
And that, although the recent snowfall brought him another setback: Under the snow load the tennis air dome next to the play arena collapsed.
With the reconstruction, Niedermayer wants to wait until the snow has thawed.
Because of Corona, he says, he cannot currently rent the hall anyway.