BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s an activity some would find dangerous, while others say it’s something America would love. And it’s coming to Baltimore.
A Philadelphia-based company is planning to open its third ax-throwing facility in a Highlandtown warehouse next year. That’s according to our media partners at The Baltimore Sun.
It’s called Urban Axes and it will be opening at be at 1 N. Haven St. The facility will also have a bar serving beer and wine.
“Totally agree it sounds dangerous,” said Krista Poll, one of the company’s co-founders. “Once you do it, you realize it’s not that dangerous.”
Competitive and recreational ax-throwing is something that’s starting to get popular in the U.S. The concept originated in Canada and there are now facilities in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Chicago.
There’s also a league known as the National Ax Throwing Federation, founded in 2016. It has 2,200 league members in 31 cities and four countries.
As for Urban Axes, Baltimore was a natural growing fit for ax-throwing, according to the experts. Poll says Baltimore is “a city with an ax to grind.”
The facility will be 10,000 square feet and will have six throwing areas. The areas will be similar to batting cages with a painted wood target at the end of each 14-foot long aisle.
Groups will be able to sign up in advance for a two-and-a-half-hour event, where they will learn how to throw properly, take turns tossing 14-inch hatchets under an instructors’ supervision and experience a full bracket-style tournament. Urban Axes will also accept walk-ins for one-hour rounds.
An eight-week ax-throwing league will also be hosted at the spot.
Of course, due to the danger of combining alcohol and a potentially deadly weapon, everyone must sign a waiver.
The facility will open in February.
To find out more about Urban Axes, click here.