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It's foosball ... but bigger.

Kick it with human foosball this weekend at Up-Down MKE

Up-Down MKE's massive collection of beloved arcade games, home console classics and game night icons is going to get even bigger as the arcade bar will host life-sized human foosball during Brady Street Festival on Saturday, July 27.

I know what you're thinking: Isn't life-sized human foosball ... just soccer? Close – but to recreate the tabletop game's pole-connected players, human foosball has two teams of six hold handles that require them to shift back and forth as a unit to block and kick the ball around the 400-square foot court and into the opponent's goal. The result is something that looks like this:

The arrival of human foosball during Saturday's Brady Street Festival marks only the second time Up-Down has presented the jumbo-sized game to the public across its five (soon to be six) Midwest locations.

"We have always tried to feature creative re-imaginations of tabletop games, but nothing compares to the spectacle of our human foosball court." said David Hayden, communications manager for Up-Down, in a press release.

"Interactive entertainment options is something that has always set us apart from the average bar, we want our part of Brady Street Fest to be an extension of that," added Up-Down general manager Austin Barth, in the release.

Joining the life-sized foosball court in the venue's neighboring parking lot at the corner of Brady and Van Buren will be giant beer pong as well as some of Up-Down MKE's regular super-sized versions of tabletop game classics – such as Connect Five, Jenga and shuffleboard.

Open play on the foosball court will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, with structured tournaments beginning in the evening at 5 p.m. The outdoor games are all free to play, but guests must be 21 and older.

And for information on the rest of the festivities coming to Brady Street on Saturday, visit Brady Street Festival's website.

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