Farewell to the Animal House
Farewell to the Animal House
In the mid '00s, X Games BMX pioneer Dave Mirra constructed a private training warehouse in his adopted home of Greenville, N.C. Mirra utilized the warehouse to learn new techniques, such as the flair drop-in and the 360 no-handed backflip, but slowly, his interests focused elsewhere and he decided to sell the warehouse, dubbed the Animal House, to Daniel Dhers.
Daniel Dhers at the Animal House
Dhers, along with fellow Greenville resident Ryan Guettler, purchased the warehouse in July of 2011. "Dave had this warehouse, and kept it private with minimal low key sessions. And Mirra was thinking more about Rally. So me and Daniel [Dhers] have taken it over," said Guettler at the time.
Dhers, No-handed 360
Shortly after the new partnership, Guettler decided to move to Southern California, leaving Dhers as the sole proprietor of the Animal House. Dhers planned on offering amateur contests inside the building, as well as opening the sessions up to the public.
Dhers, Tailwhip transfer
Earlier this week, after running the Animal House for just over two years, Dhers made the decision to close the warehouse. "On October 26 and 27, I will hosting at a goodbye jam at the Animal House in Greenville, N.C." said Dhers via email.
Dhers, Double tailwhip
"I am preparing for the next chapter of my life and the opening of my first ever Action Sports Complex in Holly Springs, N.C. This pro/am contest will celebrate the ending of an era, in one of the greatest facilities that has ever existed in BMX, and the beginning of a new one," said Dhers.
Dhers, barspin transfer
"This Goodbye Jam will be the last opportunity for all riders, pro or am, to enjoy the infamous Animal House in Greenville, N.C. We will begin breaking down the ramps shortly after the contest," said Dhers.
Dhers, 270 downside tailwhip
But Dhers is thinking of this last weekend at the Animal House as much more than just a jam. According to Dhers, "I will also host a much needed riders meeting for all pros to propose and discuss some ideas to help improve our current judging and scoring system, as well as our contest format, which has been so controversial in the past.Ultimately, we will present our ideas to the sports organizers for contests worldwide to help improve our sport and have a more refined judging/scoring system that will allow BMX to grow exponentially."
Josh Perry, tailwhip transfer
For now, the Greenville locals, including Eastern's Josh Perry, are getting their last lines filmed inside the Animal House. Last year, Perry filmed a park segment for The Hunt BMX video competition series with friend Nick Di Geroloma. It was the only park section to break the top ten.
Josh Perry, seatgrab indian transfer
The Animal House may be closing, but Dhers has big plans in the work for the new year: the first ever Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex will be opening in Holly Springs, N.C. This complex will be a family oriented facility where riders of all ages and skill levels can enhance their abilities in unity under the care and supervision of a knowledgeable staff.
Josh Perry, one-footed tabletop transfer
According to Dhers, the new park, designed and built by Nate Wessel, will be a 37,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor riding facility for BMX, mountain biking and skateboarding with 20,000 sq. ft. inside and 17,000 sq. ft. outside.
End of an era
With Dave Mirra moving on into triathlon training, boxing training and Rally racing, and Daniel Dhers now moving on from the Animal House, an epic era of BMX progression will soon come to an end in Greenville, N.C. For now, those wishing to get in one last session as the house that Mirra built, you still have a few weeks to make your plans to get to North Carolina.