It takes all of your wits to dodge paintballs while still gaining on your competitors, so the last thing you should be worrying about is where your next footstep will fall. That’s why Xplosive Indoor Paintball Arena negates the dangers of clod-filled fields and sock-soaking streams with an indoor paintball arena designed to keep players focused on the game rather than their surroundings or on-looking spirits of the forest. Each arena admission comes with all the equipment and air refills needed for play, with à la carte options available for those who already own their own gear. Outside the arena, TVs broadcast the news and paintball tips, and concession-stand staff members dish out snacks for those regaining their strength for another bout.
Messages such as Are You Game? and Bang are scrawled in glow-in-the-dark graffiti on the black-lit walls of one of Indoor Tactical Sports' paintball and airsoft fields. The two-story facility, which declares itself the only indoor paintball arena in Houston, is air-conditioned to a crisp 65 degrees and houses a total of four fields where players can shoot at their friends with no-cleanup Reball paintball pellets or BBs from Airsoft guns. To ensure fair play, one referee for every 10 players patrols the fields and prevents participants from shooting their opponents in vulnerable spots, such as the working screenplay they carry around. In the gear shop, players can rent all the gear necessary to play, including guns, masks, ammunition, and air canisters. Visitors can also buy equipment or bring in personal guns and gear for repairs.
Houston's skyline looms over Urban Warzone’s downtown field, which recently grew in size due to a land purchase, framing a detritus-strewn paintball arena where players skulk and snipe gear-clad combatants. Under the watchful eyes of referees and sentient corporate executives in skyscraping offices, players can paint the entire town or a single disliked opponent with semi-automated sprays of paintballs. As battlers duck behind corrugated tubes and wooden bunkers, paintballs zip through the air, splattering the ramparts or leaving Rorschach blots on players' armor.
To create a personalized experience, each game has a dedicated host catering to the needs of private parties or scheduled events. Elsewhere, a covered picnic area shields onlookers from elements and provides an excellent venue for spectating or snacking.
Paintball Bonanza Houston pits roving teams of weekend warriors against each other across five distinct outdoor fields. Competitive combatants can skulk across the frontline with their own paintball gun and garb or arm themselves with a rental marker and suit up in Paintball Bonanza's protective masks, goggles, and pasta colanders. Opposing forces compete in Capture the Flag or square off in elimination rounds, both of which typically last 10–15 minutes and are conducted at different fields throughout the day. Eliminated players can regroup with some shade and ice water in the fields' netted elimination zones and luxury foxholes. Along with munitions, Paintball Bonanza rents out camouflage clothes and body armor to protect and conceal bodies throughout a day in the combat zone.
Paintball Bonanza requires all players to complete a release form before they compete. Loose-fitting clothing is recommended, and should be able to cover arms, legs, and capturable flags.
Players on Got'cha Paintball's outdoor battlefields go to great lengths to avoid paint. Weaving in and out of buildings—not to mention diving behind barrels and stacks of tires—is all part of the game on two outdoor village fields. Games are equally intense on Got'cha's outdoor airfield, where inflatable obstacles shield participants from opponent fire. Trained referees watch over every bout as mask-clad participants fling paintballs at other players or museum curators stealing paint-splattered grass to show in their latest exhibition.
The field seems perilously open at first. But an adrenaline-fueled glance around reveals plenty of hiding places. Paintballers can duck behind oil drums, wooden spools, and stacked tires.They can spring from an old, paint-splattered car to a similarly beat-up boat, or they might dash behind corrugated steel panels to avoid an impending splash of paint. Whether visiting Combat Houston with a casual group of friends, hosting a bachelor party, or organizing a fundraiser, players can get all the gear they need on-site. From guns and ammo to goggles and protective helicopter beanies, visitors are swiftly equipped with all they need for victory.