Popular Indoor Skydiving Company Opens Facility in KOP

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The official grand opening of iFly, an indoor skydiving facility that will no doubt add a new element to the entertainment scene in King of Prussia, is slated for May 20, writes Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Based in Austin, Texas, iFly was formed as SkyVenture in 1998. King of Prussia is its 50th location in North America.

“You need a reason to draw people off of their computers whether it’s through entertainment or dining,” said Michael Salove of MSC Retail, which represents iFly in its search for new sites.

According to Kostelni, the roughly 4,000-square-foot iFly is hard to miss as its juts out of the landscape next to the Imax movie theater and across from Lockheed Martin at 300 Goddard Boulevard. The facility cost between $15 million and $20 million to construct, according to Dori Sawyer, general manager of the King of Prussia iFly.

The building has a vertical wind tunnel, which people go into and have the sensation of leaping out of an airplane without going through the risk of actually jumping from a plane. This vertical wind tunnel blasts air that allows you to float. The wind is adjusted to a person’s size and weight to create that flying sensation.

“There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth,” according to the company’s promotional information. “It’s just you and the air, and it’s the most incredible adrenaline rush.”

Click here to read more about iFly in King of Prussia.

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