Baseball, table golf and curling
The Floodgate is bringing social sports, cocktails and glow-in-the-dark street art to the former Boxxed nightclub
Revellers are being invited to smash it out the baseball park at a giant new entertainment venue that is opening in Digbeth with a mix of fun, games and social sports.
Visitors to The Floodgate will be able to hit a few soft balls, tackle an 18-hole, Pit Pat table golf course and try out the roaring Olympic sport of curling.
Cocktails, street food and music will also be part of the whirl when the urban-themed venue opens in the former Boxxed nightclub on the Custard Factory estate.
Curling stones and slinkies being prepared for the opening of The Floodgate.
The experiential entertainment spot incorporates Bleachers baseball batting cages, Pit Pat table golf and Curl Club curling lanes under one roof, with a huge outdoor yard serving street food.
The social sports are set to a backdrop of illuminated street art murals depicting inter-connect retro characters and fantasy scenes ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Back to the Future.
Spanning 10,000 square feet in the converted warehouse, The Floodgate also has plenty of space upstairs for live music and the arts, private parties and conferences and corporate events.
Embracing Digbeth’s energy, originality and indie spirit, the venue has a ‘UV wonderland’ with illuminated street art painted by some of Birmingham’s leading exponents and over 1,000, rainbow-coloured slinkies hanging from the ceiling in the Curl Club.
The colourful backdrop has been created by leading Birmingham street artists including Gent48, who painted the 60ft mural of Peaky Blinders character Thomas Shelby on the side of the Custard Factory after it was created by Stoke artist James Mundy. The renowned painters worked through the night to make the blaze of shapes a reality, while it took two, eight-hour days to hang the slinkies.
Due to launch on November 1, The Floodgate is the brainchild of school friends Stephen O’Reilly, Mike Gregory and Chris Ross.
Going into business as The Three Ogres, they have pooled their skills and shared interest in social sports to join the up-and-coming Digbeth scene that has emerged as a vibrant alternative to the city centre.
Judging by the first images, it’s a truly original, action-all-areas hang-out with awesome street art in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter.
For more information and to book click here
What’s on offer?
Bleachers – baseball batting cages
Players who hire out batting cages by the half hour will be able to smash soft-balls into oblivion as they compete with friends to rack up points. The projectiles are hurled out at speeds of up to 90kph but are easily hittable. Batters can step up to the plate in the nine metre-long cages, with a graffiti backdrop evoking an urban feel worthy of Chicago, New York or Digbeth.
Curl Club – curling lans
The Olympic sport of curling is joining Birmingham’s social sports scene for the first time. Popularised in the UK by the GB Women’s heroics at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, the game involves players competing with polished curling stones on ice-covered lanes. Known as ‘The Roaring Game’ because of the sound the stones make on the surface, the game will arrive on imitation ice over three lanes in Digbeth with an added street art and urban beats dimension.
Pit Pat table golf
Best described as crazy golf meets snooker, the Pit Pat craze has landed in Digbeth after being a hit in Germany and Italy. The 18-hole course is set in a nostalgic UV wonderland with glowing spray art murals immortalising famous films and people including Darth Vader, Robert De Niro and Brum’s own Ozzy Osbourne. Golfers use pool cues on billiard-style tables with different lay-outs and obstacles. It’s thought there are few, if any, Pat Pat courses in the UK, so this is a chance to be part of a Brummie first if not a UK first with an after-hours DIgbeth flavour.