Indoor Skydiving Facility coming soon to Patriot Place
By News Staff
FOXBOROUGH, MASS (WLNE) - An indoor skydiving facility using the latest virtual reality technology is on its way to Foxborough.
It was announced on Monday, August 5, that Freedom Wind Tunnel Indoor Skydiving has plans to open at Patriot Place in fall of 2020.
The idea to open the facility at Patriot Place came an Army Veteran, and North Attleboro resident, Neal Gouck.
According to Gouck, when he attending West Point, he was part of the Black Knights skydiving team.
After serving in the Amry for 12 years, Gouck and his wife, Sally, moved back to their hometown of North Attleboro to raise their five children.
The idea to open an indoor skydiving facility came from a simple conversation Gouck had with his wife. and their desire to go indoor skydiving close to home.
Freedom Win Tunnel will offer indoor skydiving to people nad all ages and abilities.
Gouck hopes to bring a family-oriented experience to all visitors, being a local, veteran-owned, small business.
While the new 100+ foot-tall wind tunnel is looking to attract many fun and thrill-seekers, the facility will also be used for military training and professional skydivers.
In a statement, Gouck said, "my military training taught me how to put all the right pieces and all the right partners together at the right time. Now, after 5-plus years, we are ready to break ground you might say, we are out of the plane and already in free fall. We are excited to move into this next phase of development by landing this facility at Patriot Place and turn that simple conversation so long ago into concrete reality."
Skydivers will have a chance to use the virtual reality technology in the facility to transport themselves into an NFL stadium where they will deliver a gam ball the 50-yard-line.
It can also be used to teach avid skydivers how to get out od dangerous situations such as a malfunctioning parachute or even coming too close to cliff faces.
"We are very excited to land an indoor skydiving facility like Freedom Wind Tunnel at Patriot Place. We have been working with Neal for quite a while to bring his vision to reality", said Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place, Brian Earley. "This type of entertainment is very unique to the region and Neal's concept for the facility and his passion for the project is really impressive. We can't wait to welcome indoor skydivers of all ages and abilities to Freedom Wind Tunnel next fall."
The venue will be located between CBS Sporting Club and Showcase Live