21st February, 2015

Games people play after dark

This 35,000 sq ft facility was set up in 2008 as an indoor cricket space after the Dubai-based owners noted how popular the concept was abroad. Besides the five courts for cricket, XLR8 provides facilities for 12 sports including five-a-side football, volleyball and also has an outdoor swimming pool. "Most working people lead busy lives and don't have time to play the long format which takes a few hours," says Vijay Lancy, vice president, XLR8. "There they can play by paying by the hour or sign up for an annual membership." They get nearly 80,000 bookings per year, but preference is given to members.

Amjad Kizhakkayll, an employee of DigiCaptions, used to play football at a ground near East Railway station in Frazer Town before he came to XLR8 when his office organised a corporate tournament in November 2013. "One disadvantage about playing in an open ground is that other people interfere with your game. But at XLR8 you have a court to yourself," he says, adding that the additional rules that accompany indoor football make it challenging and engaging. Besides being a place to unwind, XLR8 hosts fortnightly open tournaments on alternate Fridays where teams can compete against each other.

At a glance
Size of facility: 35,000 sq ft indoor space. Totally 4 acres
Number of courts: 12
Games you can play: Football, Cricket, Table Tennis, Swimming, Badminton
Cost: Rs 2,000 for an hour on weekends and Rs 2,500 an hour on weekdays
Open till: 10 pm

Source: Bangalore Mirror
For more information visit: http://www.bangaloremirror.com/columns/sunday-read/Games-people-play-after-dark/articleshow/46325942.cms

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