Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take paintball arms against a sea of troubles with today's Groupon: for $25, you get all-day field admission, equipment rental, air refills, and 500 paintballs at Gateway Action Sports Paintball Fields in Clarksville (a $55.11 value, tax included). The fields are open for play on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At Gateway Action Sports’ three paintball arenas, masked combatants can pelt their friends with colorful projectiles and dive, duck, and roll through natural and man-made environments. After receiving a compressed-air gun, facial protection, and a supply of ammo, troopers can spend all day launching tactical campaigns and creating works of abstract expressionism with 500 rounds of paintballs. Start a sing-along with Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the facility’s massive woods, stage a messy takeover of a seven-room outdoor fort, or outwit your friends during a fast-paced game on the challenging XBall field. Trigger-happy contenders can re-fill their air supply at no additional charge and purchase additional rounds of polychromatic ammunition ($13.50–$15/500 rounds).
Although groups of five people or more must reserve a field in advance, the capacious facility easily accommodates large parties and families of seahorses who can give birth to thousands of small children at once. A popular proving ground for the local competitive paintball community, the family-friendly facility also sponsors several [area teams] (http://www.gatewayactionsports.com/sponsored-teams/) of paint-spattered fighters.
900 Vaughan Rd.
Clarksville, Tennessee 37043