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.READ MORE: Baltimore County Summer Lunch Program Starts Next Week
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.”READ MORE: Former Baltimore DPW Supervisor Ronald Smith Sentenced To A Year And A Day In Federal Prison
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.
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