On a climate-controlled indoor field, teammates covertly relay their group's signal for a surprise attack to one another. Swiftly, the group emerges from behind inflatable red pillars and obstacles and sprints across the turf floor releasing a barrage of colorful paintballs at the opposing team, who thought they were safe for the moment behind triangular barriers. As the colors fly, the scenes play itself out as it has many times at Paintball Addicts, where players take part in fast-paced battles of strategy, timing, and teamwork. Considering safety the most important factor in keeping things fun, trained referees supervise all matches and brief paintball teams before each match on the facility's safety rules and techniques. The paint-splattered arena also boasts a shop where gamers can pick up all the gear they need, as well as spectator areas where friends and family can take in all the action without being transformed into living pointillist paintings.
With the natural ease of a caterpillar transforming into a different species of caterpillar, Utah Xtreme Paintball changes its sprawling indoor turf field several times a week. The space may be reconfigured at any time as an NPPL tournament field or a scenario field, complete with sheltering structures such as a brick turret and padded barriers camouflaged as stone walls and wooden crates. In either field configuration, referees watch over players as they vie for victory.
Before players engage each other in the arena, Utah Xtreme Paintball's pro shop outfits them with gear such as semi-automatic markers and tanks of CO2 or compressed air—each of which is regularly checked and maintained. The climate-controlled field allows for year-round play, and a staging area with concessions and flat-screen TVs ensures that any visitors could technically live there for a full year.
Evidenced by its equipment alone, All-Stars Paintball takes its moniker seriously. Wielding semi-automatic markers, they engage in paint-splattered battle on an indoor field whose turf cushions them in case of a fall or during disco naps. The field’s bunkers came straight from the 2014 PSP World Cup, which means players face the same obstacles as their paintball heroes. Popular players also occasionally stop by the facility to host paintball clinics that help visitors brush up on their combat skills.