Tempe Paintball's 24,000-square-foot indoor arena hosts rounds of rec ball—military-inspired play among ruined buildings, oil barrels, and other obstacles. Arriving at the compound, paintballers lease markers, face-protecting masks, and pigment-loaded pellets for friendly combat or for spraying Kick Me on enemies’ backs. As referees oversee the game, players search for vantage points among ruined buildings or take part in skirmishes between oil barrels. For an additional fee, shooters can rent supplementary equipment such as a chest or neck protector or can hoard extra paintballs to finally settle old sudoku scores.
A flurry of paintballs whiz through the air, splattering their targets with brightly colored pigment. Players at the outdoor Buckeye Xtreme Sports can find cover in the midst of the desert landscape behind bunkers, haystacks, or in fox holes. The location boasts two large fields and on-site CO2 and compressed-air filling stations, and nocturnal players can enjoy nighttime matches during the summer from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Wild Planet Paintball offers five fields' worth of paint-projectile combat and all the safety equipment necessary to protect pigment-punched players. During the unlimited, full night of paintball bombarding, players will receive air rental, the essential rental marker, a mask, and 1,000 rounds of paintball ammunition. Take cover behind several embankments on the Rocketship Field, or unleash your battle cry "Remember the Titans!" on Alamo Field. Those who have never had the pleasure of hurling projectile capsules at masked enemies can turn to the helpful Wild Planet staff with any beginner's question. They'll put players of any proficiency on the fast track to spraying colors of the visible spectrum. Wild Planet's policy is to organize teams for rec-ball play according to the players' abilities, so everyone can feel challenged and beginning players don't have to match up against a Norwegian paintball-accuracy gold-medalist.
Dark Star Paintball lines its walls with paintball and airsoft markers, along with the supplies necessary to win any tactical engagement. But, its interest in woodland play goes much deeper than paintball and airsoft. The facility also maintains a supply of survival items, such as compasses and medical kits, as well as MREs, glow sticks, and tools, which ensure a successful escape from any outdoor situation.
Players wage war across VIP Airsoft’s 19,000-square-foot cityscape, unleashing BBs down alleys, corridors, and courtyards. Referees regulate each game, roaming the field to stop unfair play or illegal equipment usage. Vanguard also rents airsoft guns to warriors who often also don chest, face, and hand protection. Between games, players can take advantage of free WiFi and satellite-television streams or check out the on-site pro shop and online products page to pick up new gear.
While ducking behind the red inflatables scattered across the field, the marksmen signal to their teammates before firing a barrage of paintballs as they charge their opponents. Such sights are common at Wild West Paintball Park, which hosts refereed bouts every weekend on its three fields and a new PSP 44 bunker airball field. During the rest of the week, the staff oversees private parties of five or more that duke it out in four-hour games. They also train participants of all skill levels for competitive play on the business's factory paintball team and host frequent tournaments, where triumphant teams are awarded prizes such as the actual paintball gun van Gogh used to make Starry Night. After every pickup, private, or tournament bout, guests can reenergize with snacks supplied onsite by All American Dogz.