Plug N Play
It’s fast and furious! Youngsters use their hands and feet to launch themselves off walls, down ramps and over railings. They whirl acrobatically in the air and race through a metropolitan landscape that resembles roofs, stairs and balconies. In fact, it’s a parkour course, part of the huge, free sports centre, Plug N Play, in Ørestad.
Plug N Play is open 24/7. Since its launch in 2009 it has particularly attracted the younger practitioners of what might be called urban sports: parkour, basketball, street basketball, speed-skating, dirt jumping and beach volleyball. But more traditional options, like football, are offered too.
If you don’t fancy breaking into a sweat yourself, you’re welcome to watch. Highly trained athletes from all over Copenhagen are often to be found here, honing their amazing skills and providing hours of entertainment. It’s worth coming here just to watch them in action. This colourful area is 25,000 m2 – the size of City Hall Square.
Plug N Play, located in the southern end of Ørestad, was originally set up on an undeveloped site as a temporary facility until 2014. Its death sentence has been postponed until the end of 2016, and many people hope that all the good things about Plug N Play will re-emerge elsewhere in Ørestad.
If you prefer water-based activities, there’s kayak polo next door – there is a charge for this, and it is only played during regular opening hours.
Plug N Play also has organic urban gardens. The waiting list is open to all but you must agree to follow organic practices.
DATA & LINKSPlug N Play
Asger Jorns Allé 6
2300 Copenhagen S
- Street basketball
- Dirt jumping
- American football etc.
- Plug N Play opened in 2009, partly to provide space for new urban sports not catered for in traditional sports centres and partly to revitalise Ørestad.
- The urban gardens at Plug N Play have an interesting history. They started as small portable gardens on pallets that were placed in empty plots but could be moved when the site was eventually developed. There are are about 60 of these small gardens now, and they have permanent residence permits as long as Plug N Play lasts. They are still small – only covering about 16 m2, but the industrious gardeners make the most of the space.
- The parkour course at Plug N Play is the world’s largest and was designed by freerunners from Team JiYo, which is also based here.
- No, but the area around Plug N Play is suitable for wheelchair users.
- None, but Plug N Play does have water taps.