ROCHESTER, Minn. - “The market demanded it. There’s such a boom in the axe throwing community right now,” said Phil Dahlager, Facilities Manager.
The Med City finally has its own axe throwing lanes located at Rochester Games and Arcade.
“You’ll have to fill out a waiver up at our front desk. Once that’s done, you’ll meet one of our awesome coaches who are going to teach you safety precautions, how to throw, etc. and you’ll be a pro in no time.”
While it might seem obvious safety is a number one priority.
“(The) axes are real, they’re sharp, they will cut you,” said coach Jon Comisky.
Lara Spotts is visiting Rochester to ring in the New Year and decided to try throwing for the first time on Wednesday. After a few minutes of coaching, her first two throws were spot on, to which she credits the coaches.
“I would say good coaching and a little bit of luck,” she said.
However, she admits it is not nearly as easy as it looks.
“You have to figure out how to balance it and it’s learning when to let go.”
Rochester Games and Arcade is also starting a league this month.
“We have people come in once a week and get as many points racked up as they can over the first seven weeks, and the last week we have a big, bracketed tournament,” Dahlager said.
The winner of that tournament is crowned as a regional champion.
If you are on the fence about giving axe throwing a try, Phil suggests coming in to see what it’s all about while enjoying the arcade and some old fashioned ice cream.