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🎯🔫 Experience the Ultimate Nerf Adventure

Carolina Dart Battles facility
Contributor: Jamie Richardson


Created by possibly CabCo’s youngest entrepreneur, this Nerf Battlefield is a place to experience strategy, excitement, and, most importantly, fun!

Carolina Dart Battles (Gibson Mill)
📍320 Sign Dr NW, Suite 20, Concord NC 28027
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Embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure that combines strategy, excitement, and a whole lot of foam darts at Carolina Dart Battles, an indoor Nerf combat experience. Operating within the Core Athletics Indoor Training Facility, this 5600 sq. ft. battleground is the only one of its kind in Cabarrus County.

These fun-filled immersive Nerf battles last for one hour and feature a variety of exciting game modes, including classics like Last Man Standing and Capture the Flag. Every game is an opportunity to showcase your tactical prowess, strategic thinking, and, most importantly, your ability to dodge foam darts like a pro.

Kids playing in a Nerf battle

Photos: Carolina Dart Battles Website

All Ages Welcome for a Safe and Enjoyable Experience

To ensure a fair and enjoyable experience, referees are on hand to oversee and manage gameplay. These referees not only enforce the rules but also contribute to the overall excitement by keeping the battles flowing smoothly. Their presence adds a professional touch to the event, making it a safe and organized environment for participants of all ages.

Carolina Dart Battle group with refs

Carolina Dart Battles is not just a game for the young; it’s an experience for the young at heart. The battles are open to participants aged 4 years and up, making it an ideal activity for families, friends, and even adults looking to unleash their inner warriors.

Worried about ammunition and safety? Fear not! Carolina Dart Battles has you covered. All participants receive the necessary ammo and eye protection to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience. Additionally, for those who haven’t yet invested in their Nerf arsenal, worry not—Nerf gun rentals are available, allowing everyone to join the action without missing a beat.

Beyond Battles: Birthday Parties and Private Events

Carolina Dart Battles isn’t just about the regular battles; it’s also the perfect destination for birthday parties and private group events. Consider hosting your next birthday party or private group event at this unique facility, where fun and excitement are guaranteed. The team at Carolina Dart Battles can customize the experience to suit your event, making it an unforgettable day for everyone involved.

birthday party setup

birthday party fun at Carolina Dart Battles

Meet the Visionary: Elijah Darwin

Behind the scenes, driving the success of Carolina Dart Battles, is its founder and owner, Elijah Darwin. With a passion for creating memorable experiences and a dedication to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for players of all ages, Darwin has transformed a simple idea into a thriving reality.

Elijah Darwin’s passion for nerf guns and combat games, and a hilarious incident involving a stray dart in the kitchen, led to the creation of Carolina Dart Battles in 2017 when he was just 10 years old. Realizing the potential for a unique and exciting venture, the Darwin family decided to transform a section of their athletic facility into an arena for Nerf Dart Battles. What started as a playful hobby turned into a homeschool learning opportunity, with Elijah actively participating in creating a business plan, designing barricades from old boxes that were given to him by his grandfather, and researching various game options.

Found with Nerf guns

Today, Elijah is the driving force behind the operation, multitasking as the front desk manager, referee extraordinaire, and website maestro. The success of this venture is not only a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit but also to the collaborative efforts of the entire Darwin family.

Carolina Dart Battles founder Elijah Darwin.

Core Athletics Collaboration

Carolina Dart Battles finds its home within Core Athletics, a distinguished sports management company with a rich history in developing and overseeing baseball instruction, teams, and leagues. The facility, which hosts batting cages and pitching mounds for lessons, classes, and camps during the week, transforms into a Nerf battlefield on weekends. This collaboration allows enthusiasts to experience the best of both worlds – athletic training and foam dart warfare.

David Darwin, the owner of Core Athletics and Elijah’s father, brings a wealth of experience to the table. As a former professional pitcher within the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians organizations, he understands the importance of fostering a love for sports from a young age. Core Athletics has impacted countless lives over the years, offering quality baseball instruction and playing opportunities for players ranging from T-ballers to collegiate athletes.

Step into the Battlezone or Bring the Battle to You

Carolina Dart Battles isn’t just confined to its headquarters. Elijah has taken the Nerf battle experience on the road, organizing events at various locations, including churches for youth gatherings. The mobile setup ensures that the thrill of dart battles is accessible to a broader audience, spreading the joy and excitement of this unique combat experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Carolina Dart Battles welcomes you to step into the Battlezone, unleash your inner warrior and let the foam darts fly!


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