Situated on the east coast of Florida, the Sunshine State, you surely remember hearing about Orlando as a kid. Home to over a dozen theme parks such as Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and Universal Orlando offering Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
No matter if you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, Orlando has something for you. The third biggest city in Florida at over 2 million residents in the metro area, it’s also so much more than just a theme park city. Known for its arts and culture, endless dining options, and proximity to the ocean, Orlando is sure to have something for everyone – except axe throwing. That is, until now.
BATL is excited to become part of the Orlando community, opening the 16th of 18 locations and first in the Sunshine State of Florida that serves the entire area of Greater Orlando including Kissimmee, Sanford, Saint Cloud, Winter Garden, Daytona Beach and more.
Want to learn more about BATL Axe Throwing and what we offer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
BATL AXE THROWING
It’s been 13 years since the BATL Axe Throwing brought urban axe throwing to the masses, using the axe as a tool to bring people together. Back in 2006, a group of friends were bored at a cottage outside of Toronto and decided to throw an axe at a stump. Little did they know that this innocent way to pass the time would soon evolve into the creation of a worldwide sport.
Upon returning home to Toronto, BATL Axe Throwing founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how cathartic throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. A point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition. 8 friends quickly grew to 16, and 16 quickly grew to 32. Before he knew it, Matt was hosting 2 full leagues of a total of 60+ per night in his backyard, not including all the spectators that would stop by to catch a glimpse of our exciting new sport. Before long, we had to move our operations indoors – which led to opening 10 locations across Canada between 2015-2018. That was just the beginning.
AXE THROWING EXPANSION INTO THE US
In 2017, BATL Axe Throwing stepped across the border to open our very first location in the United States. We partnered with Throw Nashville to bring BATL Axe Throwing's brand of urban axe throwing to Music City, and that would mark the beginning of our US growth. Shortly after, we teamed forces with Thunderbolt Axe Throwing to bring BATL Axe Throwing's brand of urban axe throwing to the Chicago Masses. It instantly caught on in the windy city, and BATL Chicago has been a driving force in the community or Irving Park ever since. In 2018, we opened the doors to BATL Novi, bringing axe throwing to metro Detroit. Finally, in December of 2018, BATL Scottsdale opened to the public, bringing axe throwing to the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix greater area now as the ability to experience the unique thrill provided by axe throwing, and we’re excited to begin to grow the sport. Lastly, we opened up shop in the Lone Star state, making Houston Heights our first BATL location in Texas.
We’re just getting started, with more US locations planned in the next year.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BATL ORLANDO
Free Axe Throwing: Just like every other BATL Axe Throwing location, BATL Orlando will be giving the area a taste of axe throwing for free for a month leading up to our opening. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement for our open house, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn how to throw an axe with friends & family for free!
BATL Leagues | Orlando League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL Axe Throwing start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. BATL Orlando will be no exception. Our axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks, completely under the guidance of our resident axe gurus. Each season consists of round-robin style tournament play, where you’ll throw 28 games against other people in the league, culminating in a top 16 double elimination playoff on week 8. Our leagues are suitable for people of all skill levels, with staff on hand at all times ready to give you tips and tricks to make sure that you’re hitting the bullseye. League play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing (of which BATL Axe Throwing is a founding member). Being part of the NATF also gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.
BATL Casual | Walk-In Axe Throwing Sessions: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL Axe Throwing Houston has you covered.
BATL Premium | Private Axe Throwing Event Booking: BATL Orlando offers two types of private event booking; 1-hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up. No matter which private event you book, you’ll get the same thing that BATL Axe Throwing has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and many BATL Axe Throwing locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you.
Stay tuned for our open house and grand opening announcements, and get ready to experience BATL Orlando!