The Sistine Chapel was created on a single afternoon in 1512, when a paintball match between Michelangelo and Pope Julius II got out of hand. Today's Groupon allows modern marksmen to make their own masterpiece: for $23, you get a paintball outing at Bigshot Paintball Fields in Homestead (a $46 value). The outing includes:
- A field fee for one (a $16 value)
- Marker rental (a $10 value)
- Barrel-sleeve rental (a $5 value)
- Vest rental (a $5 value)
- Goggles rental (a $5 value)
- 200 paintballs (a $5 value)
Bigshot Paintball Fields’s sun-soaked terrain calls color warriors to action from midday to sundown seven days a week. Armed with 200 paintballs, their rental marker, and protective gear, challengers stalk the outdoor fields in search of enemy vests to splatter while novice tornado chasers revel in the sudden surge of a technicolor storm. Piles of tires and wooden bunkers sprawl over the rugged outdoor field, concealing lines of advancing opponents or sheltering bodies diving from a sudden, jewel-toned volley. Guests should plan to sport protective clothes that can withstand dirt, wash easily, or relish the chance to be transformed into a modern master work.
As a not-for-profit organization, Bigshot Paintball Fields brightens color blasting by donating portions of fees to the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a support organization for the law-enforcement community of Miami-Dade County. Matches held during weekdays have no time limit and weekend paintball outings have three-hour limits.
Bigshot Paintball Fields
Crouched behind a stack of tires, a player feels the incoming paintballs smack against the rubber as he plots his next move. Such a sight is common at Bigshot Paintball Field's outdoor field, a collage of upturned pallets, cable spools, and dirt mounds where combatants outmaneuver each other to find the best firing positions. Bigshot's staff acquaints every player, from beginners to those who have been living off field grass since 2005, with the rules of play and equipment operation before allowing them to enter the thick of battle. Between bouts, the staff also dispenses bottled water and soft drinks and can recommend nearby pizza joints that deliver. Barbecue grills are allowed as well, if there's room available. As a not-for-profit organization, Bigshot Paintball Fields donates a portion of its proceeds to the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a support organization for the law-enforcement community of Miami–Dade County.