AttractionsA new badminton hall in Kuala Lumpur gives a neon twist to Malaysia's most beloved sport.

Why does this badminton court glow in the dark?

A game of badminton gets the neon treatment at Shuttle in the Dark.
A game of badminton gets the neon treatment at Shuttle in the Dark.

A new badminton club has opened in Kuala Lumpur's iconic Twin Towers, but the venue is unlike any typical court.

Shuttle in the Dark is a glow-in-the-dark badminton court, resembling a set from sci-fi action film Tron: Legacy.

At this futuristic-looking venue, players enjoy a game of badminton with neon-accented equipment (think luminous rackets and shuttlecocks) while accompa­nied by ultraviolet light lamps and upbeat music.

The court is also equipped with BWF International tournament grade badminton court mats and nets, with walls and track lines painted in fluorescent colours to guide players in the dark.

Players are recommended to wear white or fluorescent clothes, or they can also rent reflective jerseys.

Open to players of all levels, fees at Shuttle in the Dark start at RM180 (US$42) per hour with a maximum of eight players.

There are plans to bring the concept to nearby countries of Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, according to Shuttle in the Dark's founder Irina Inozemtseva, who was a former professional player.

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