The Creighton Student Union hosted a free trip to Craft Axe Throwing in Omaha on Saturday.
The first 50 students to sign up online were allowed to go on the trip for free.
Students boarded a shuttle at the Deglman circle at 6:45 p.m. and arrived at Craft Axe Throwing around 7 p.m.
Students checked in, signed a waiver, and got some axe throwing and safety tips from a Craft Axe employee before choosing a lane.
The environment was exciting, and the energy persisted throughout the two hour excursion.
There were lots of smiles and screams of delight when people hit their first bullseye or made the game-winning throw.
“I think it’s a fun thing to do on a Saturday with some friends, and it’s a little stress relieving,” said Conner Dvorak, a freshman in the College of Business.
In axe throwing, competitors aim at a wooden dartboard-like target with a bullseye and surrounding rings.
The goal is to throw the axe hard and accurately enough so that it sticks in the target. Points are awarded based on which ring the axe lands in, with the bullseye being worth five points.
There are many ways to do axe throwing, but common games include 11, where points
earned are subtracted from 11.
In order to win, someone must hit zero exactly.
There’s also a standard game where every player gets 10 throws, and their total points are added together.
The person with the most points wins.
Many students had heard of axe throwing but had not tried it before.
“I’ve always wanted to go axe throwing, and now that I’m here, I really enjoy it,” said Trenton Eves, a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences.
After two hours of fun, the shuttle brought everyone back to campus at around 9 p.m.
Located at 2562 Leavenworth St., Craft Axe Throwing is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Groups of up to four can play in one lane. According to Craft Axe Throwing’s official website, Craft Axe Throwing in Omaha has 15 lanes and a bar.
A 30 minute session is 13 dollars per person, a one hour session is 20 dollars per person, and a 2 hour session is 36 dollars per person.
Axe throwing has been quickly growing in popularity since the mid 2000s.
The World Axe Throwing League was founded in 2017 and includes 19 countries. Craft Axe Throwing now has 11 locations across five states.
Axe throwing is often described as a cross between bowling and archery.
“It’s probably one of the most unique things to do in Omaha,” said Joe Costanzo, general manager at Omaha’s Craft Axe Throwing. “When’s the last time you could tell your friends ‘I threw axes’? It’s something different to do,” Costanzo said.