Hailey's new incarnation will feature classic and contemporary arcade games as well as physical games such as punching bags and basketball hoops. (Note: Photo from the National  Videogame Museum.)

Hailey's new incarnation will feature classic and contemporary arcade games as well as physical games such as punching bags and basketball hoops. (Note: Photo from the National  Videogame Museum.)

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Just weeks after Dentonites were primed to say goodbye to beloved music venue Hailey's, owner Jennifer Gibbs has given them something to look forward to. 

Hailey's will close Jan. 1 and reopen in the first quarter of 2016 as a "sports barcade" with classic and contemporary arcade games, pool tables, dart boards, several TVs and a projector to air sports games, says a press release. That includes more interactive games such as punching bags and basketball hoops, Gibbs said. 

The space will also include a dining area and a new menu of from-scratch eats. Construction will begin soon after the closure. 

If you're wondering what the bar will be called, that remains to be seen. Gibbs is running a naming contest via social media to name the new bar.

"Denton has too many clever, creative ideas not to make a fun 'game' out of it," she said. Many of the contest details are still being worked through,but participants can earn prizes such as gift certificates, merch and possibly having their name on the wall.

When Gibbs spoke to GuideLive about the Hailey's closing, she said a wall would go up between where the stage is currently and the back bar creating space for two new concepts. The second concept is still being kept under wraps. 

Hailey's was a staple of the Denton music community for 12 years, but faced financial (and some say management) challenges in recent years. The last show is on New Year's Eve featuring hip-hop act Fab Deuce.

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