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.
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.
As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball International is a one-stop shop for weekend warriors seeking some chromatic outdoor combat. Partnering with fields across the country, the company helps players live out their battlefield fantasies, whether they're sneaking up on an enemy installation, executing tactic strategies, or painting Water Lilies on the chest of a charging opponent.
Paintball can be a messy game, but Paintball Hotline makes the marketing of the game a clean process. They partner with online marketing companies to expose parks across the country to the players who want to frequent them. Working only in the business of paintball, they provide expertise and personalized attention for both park owners and players. Firsthand knowledge of the sport also comes from having managed fields that boasted more than 400 acres with more than 650 paintball-gun rentals.
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.
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.