Since opening in 1999, Pentagon Paintball has earned the distinction of being one of the tri-state area’s largest paintball complexes, as well as the only safety-certified arena in Erie County. With a more-than-2,000-square-foot pro shop and six different outdoor fields, Pentagon provides ample opportunity to ambush friends, strangers, and renegade blades of grass with paint guns year-round. Add heightened realism to Road Warrior reenactments with 30-foot towers on the Urban Jungle field, or play cards and trade war stories while crouching in one of more than 50 bunkers inside The Depot field—one of the most popular fields for recreational players. The playing courts’ short and tall grasses are traipsable all year long; Pentagon Paintball plows all fields when snow amasses more than 10 inches, swiftly quashing any Frosty the Snowman-led insurgencies. Gas grills are available on site for complimentary use, so bring some cookables with which to refuel. When questions arise over who hit whom, what the boundaries are, and exactly what Georges Seurat’s motives were when he invented competitive paintball in 1886, just ask one of the knowledgeable referees, who are on hand for every match.
In the distance, the thump of discharged weapons can be heard. Spires of a castle loom over the tree tops, and as the platoon approaches, a hail of fire fells three of them. As those hit trudge off the field and wipe the paint from their goggles, the rest of their team makes a hasty retreat only to assault the position from a different angle. These tense moments occur daily at Three Rivers Paintball. More than 70 acres of wooded battlefield sports crashed airplanes, broken down tanks, and large-scale fortresses. The staff also hosts airsoft battles, with scenarios reenacting battles from history such as World War II or Napoleon's thumb wars. A full-service pro shop carries traditional paintball equipment needed to wage nonlethal war.
SteelTown Paintball Park embraces competition with a Sup'Air speedball field and 11-balls-per-second Envy paintball markers. Its mirrored field encourages strategizing and modest primping among teams, and often games can become up-close-and-personal affairs after tickling becomes the only true means to attain victory. The turf field also hosts competitive events, ranging from national USPA matches to local-level tourney play. Recreational players need not feel intimidated, however, as the referees ensure fair matches with equal teams.
Dimension Paintball provides wide brushstrokes of fun and excitement for tactical artists of all abilities and experience levels. With today’s deal, the itchily trigger-fingered receive a package boasting admission for a full day of paintball adventure, unlimited compressed air, 500 rounds of paint, a mask, a paintball marker, and other gear to help them efficiently fresco opponents. Declare yourself champion and prime minister of any of Dimension’s four fronts, whether it’s the 2010 PSP Regulation Airball field riddled with intricate tactical topography, one of two woods fields, or the attack-and-defend base.