If you think you have to go to Detroit for a unique night out then think again. The Hub Stadium in Auburn Hills offers some of the most unique entertainment in the Michigan. Located right off I-75 at the University exit, you can hear the fun from the moment you enter this 28,000 square foot facility.
This large facility was previously known as the Big Buck Brewery and has sat empty for years. According to Carmen, who has helped manage the facility since they opened in December of 2016, the space is perfect for all the activities they offer. When they first looked at the space it had been empty and neglected but since then the entire building has been remodeled and now it has the look and feel of a large gymnasium with plenty of windows, open space, and a well-lit parking lot.
Featuring eight lanes of Urban Bombowling and five stalls of Axe Throwing, there is a lot to see and do at The Hub.
What is Urban Bombowling? Sometimes referred to as Fowling, the object is to knock over more bowling pins with a football than the other team. Sounds simple right? Maybe for Stafford but for the rest of us armchair quarterbacks, it’s a fun and challenging activity that goes perfect with friends and beverages. The atmosphere has a look and feel not unlike a bowling alley, with the sounds of bowling pins being knocked about and people cheering over a 90’s soundtrack. There is no shortage of smiles and laughter. Bombowling not your thing? How about Axe Throwing? That’s right, there are five stalls for axe throwing and each stall has two throwers who try to hit a target. It is similar to darts but with axes. Sound dangerous? Carmen assured me there have been no injuries since they began offering the axe throwing activity. Each stall has an employee or “axe coach” to assist the participants and ensure a safe game while also refereeing the action.
While they try to accommodate walk-ins, Carmen suggested reserving on-line, especially for the weekends as the Bombowling may be booked for up to two weeks in advance. We were there on a Thursday afternoon and the Bombowling lanes and Axe Throwing stalls were packed due to a corporate event. We got lucky enough to get on the Bombowling court after the corporate event only because the event ended early so reservations are encouraged. It was so much fun that I can’t wait to book another evening. Although I did not get to try the axe throwing because it was all booked up, it looked like a lot of fun and people were really enjoying themselves.
The Hub can get busy but you don’t need to make a reservation if you want to come in for lunch or sit at the bar for happy hour. The bartenders I met, Amanda and Taylor were friendly and all smiles, as was my server Krystal who brought one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time. The day I went was the grand re-opening and their entire menu was reworked; they also offer a large variety of microbrews and drink options.
The Hub offers group parties and corporate events and prices can be found at the website www.thehubstadium.com. Fridays and Saturdays cost $100 to reserve and $80 to reserve Sunday through Thursday.
The phone number is is 248-364-4000 and located at: 2550 Takata Dr Auburn Hills, MI 48326.
Open 11 am to 12 pm Thursday through Saturday and 11 am to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday.