“We don’t want our business to be reliant on how many times we’re in front of the camera.”
.…on his team’s plans for a $100 million theme park/HQ, via the Wall Street Journal.
In September, we told you that Frisco-based Dude Perfect—five former Texas A&M students whose funny trick-shot videos have attracted more than 58 million YouTube subscribers and tens of billions of views—are planning a big new thing.
The dudes teamed up with San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners to develop a $100 million theme park/headquarters they’re now calling Dude Perfect World, featuring a 330-foot tall tower for making the so-called “Impossible Shot.”
“At some point,” Coby Cotton told the Wall Street Journal, “we will not be making videos as consistently as we are now.” So the team imagines a home base where millions of people may one day make their own videos while exploring the park.
But where will the park be? Dude Perfect told the WSJ they’ve sent out bid requests “to Frisco and other cities” and asked for responses within two months. Meanwhile, the team said, they’ve been talking with potential fundraisers for the project.
Jason Ford, president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, confirmed to the WSJ that discussions have taken place, adding that, “We do hope Frisco remains their home.”
The park would feature everything from robotic sliding goalies to spinning basketball hoops, so visitors can try their own trick shots during their visit.
Tyler Toney, another Dude Perfect member, says the jump from YouTube to the real world is necessary, and could become a trend with other influencers and creators.
“It’s hard to make an impressive trick-shot video now,” Toney lamented to the WSJ. “We’ve done it for 13 years, and you run out of stuff.”
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