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The National Axe Throwing Federation and member locations across the United States were recently featured on Bisnow (Almost) Never Boring. The article described the evolution of axe throwing by stating:
"People have been throwing axes for sport for thousands of years, but the modern concept of a venue specifically dedicated to regulated ax throwing started in 2010, when Matt Wilson founded Backyard Axe Throwing League in Toronto after years of organizing it in his backyard. BATL had grown a following when Matt and Krista Paton visited in 2015, fell in love and co-founded Urban Axes in Philadelphia with partners Stu Jones and Shaun Hurley the following year."
The concept of axe throwing took off immediately in Philadelphia and owners Jones and Paton "opened Urban Axes’ second location in Austin, Texas, on the one-year anniversary of its Philadelphia debut, and have since grown to locations in Baltimore and Durham, North Carolina, with Boston and Cincinnati opening before year’s end. In the first half of 2019, Paton expects to open four new locations, including one in South Philly."
Urban Axes owner, Paton, believes that there are "a lot of comparisons have been made to bowling, and there are many thousands of bowling alleys across the country.” The article concludes by stating that "even if ax-throwing never gains the level of mainstream acceptance as bowling, it has established itself as a viable retail format that can bring in the crowds landlords crave to energize their properties. In today's climate, that is as good as a bull's-eye."
Check out the full article here.