Bike racing, cricket, shooting, board games and skateboarding under one roof—a sports enthusiast’s dream. With Play X Games Arena, Bangaloreans have that one-stop sports hub that all city folk, especially those who gripe about the lack of open spaces for outdoor sports, can do with. Spread over 4 acres, this games arena has play areas dedicated to skateboarding, football, beach volleyball, archery, climbing, bouldering, remote control car racing, dirt track racing and other indoor sports. For owner Sharath Reddy, it seemed a necessity.
“I returned from the US and missed having a space for these activities,” says Reddy, who opened a go-karting track in the city two years ago. Phase I of Play X Games, which includes most outdoor sports will be open to the public from 1 May. Phase II, which is a separate complex complete with simulation games, board games and a bowling alley, is likely to be ready by the end of the year.
Playtime: Children trying out the climbing wall at Play X Games. Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
The good stuff
The impressive feature of Play X Games is its emphasis on quality equipment. Buggies and quad bikes from Yamaha can be hired for racing. They come in 50cc capacities for children and go up to 350cc for speed junkies. Most games which require specialized techniques have in-house trainers with whom one can register for sessions.
A skating park designed by Nick Smith, a famous skateboarder, is another highlight, complete with two skating bowls and mounds that ensure daring stunts. Smith will be available at the venue for training sessions. The 50ft-high climbing wall is as high as the wall at Bangalore’s Kanteerava Stadium, the tallest in the city. Adjacent to this is a bouldering wall. The archery containers give you the option of shooting with crossbows, air rifles and BB pellet guns. And if target-shooting is not your thing, you can shoot in the 10,000 sq. ft open paintball field. Predictably, the country’s favourite game has not been left out—cricket nets with high-speed bowling machines promise the experience of facing an attack as fast as Brett Lee’s. The timings—7am-11pm—are a bonus.
Considering the timing of the launch, it’s a pity there’s no swimming or water sports. Reddy says that if he manages to buy more land in the immediate vicinity, water sports will be part of his next expansion plan. Currently, no café is functional but Reddy says one will be in place by 1 May.
Twelve rounds in the archery/crossbow section will cost Rs 90, while an hour at paintballing for a group of people will cost Rs 250 per person on a weekday. Prices will go up by around 20% on weekends.
For more details, log on to http://playarena.in , or call 09886098819.