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Axe-throwing could be added to new Blacksburg arcade

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 6:32 PM EDT
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - It’s all fun and games at Blue Ridge Arcade, but they’re looking to add a little more edge by bringing axe-throwing into the mix.

“We have the Roanoke location, which is the original, and then also Lynchburg location, and we also have a mobile axe-throwing trailer that we have out all over Virginia,” said Mitchell Tyler, co-owner of Blue Ridge Axe Throwing.

Blue Ridge Axe Throwing is making its way to Blacksburg after seeing it grow in popularity around the New River Valley.

The arcade sits in Blacksburg’s downtown district, where axe-throwing, in planning and zoning minds, is more like indoor recreation than amusement.

“So more like an indoor soccer field or an ice-skating rink versus an arcade. The axe-throwing requirements to go through a conditional use permit process, which is about a three-and-a-half-month process,” said Tyler. “It’s a series of meetings and forums and fees that basically paint the picture to the town-- are we a good fit for downtown Blacksburg? If we were in another part of Blacksburg, it wouldn’t have come up, and in Roanoke and Lynchburg, it didn’t come up.”

Tyler says the sport has grown, but they’ve been met with some safety concerns.

“You’re never in here just slinging axes alone. We’ve always got safety officers here at all times. The other thing is that we don’t serve or sell alcohol at any of our locations, and so that’s one of the things that come up,” said Tyler.

Tyler said they go before the town council October 12 regarding the permit. He believes if approved, axe-throwing ranges could be up in weeks. If not—they may have to find another location in Blacksburg.

“So a lot of people haven’t tried axe-throwing --it is growing or they’ve done it maybe once or twice and not locally. We’re excited to be able to bring that to Blacksburg, with a great team,” said Tyler.

To learn more about the arcade and how to play, you can visit their website here.

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