Paintball is a lot like chess, in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Prepare for the robot revolution with today's Groupon: for $10, you get all-day admission and most equipment (does not include paintballs) at Gatsplat in Lewisville (up to a $31 value).
Gatsplat lets patrons simultaneously unleash their competitive nature and unbridled creativity on two large, air-conditioned astroturf fields. After viewing a safety video and equipping yourself with safety goggles, a paintball gun, hopper, and air tank with unlimited refills, take cover behind inflatable bunkers as you recreate historic battles from the Siege of Constantinople. With the option of 50-caliber paintball guns and easy-breaking paintballs, children as young as 6 can partake in the battle.
Gatsplat is a field-paint-only facility, so customers in need of artistic artillery must purchase paintballs from Gatsplat. With 100 ($7), 500 ($25), 1,000 ($44.95), or 2,000 ($64.95) paintballs, players can adorn human canvases throughout the day. In addition to the two paintball fields, Gatsplat hosts a viewing room equipped with a big-screen television, large windows that look out onto the battles, and free WiFi so players can relax with a game of virtual paintball online.
When players take a tumble or dive at Gatsplat, they’re cushioned by the same stuff that protects NFL players from harm. Both of Gatsplat’s indoor paintball fields are padded by NFL-quality Astroturf, but these are not the only safety measures the staff puts in place. Professional referees keep watch over games, as opposed to off-duty clowns looking to score some free face paint. Players are also divided by experience level; lighter-weight 50-caliber markers are used so kids as young as six can play.
The 26,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility also has a comfortable viewing area with wide windows for non-players to keep an eye on the action. Free wireless internet access and a wide-screen television keep them occupied, and between games, players and non-players can discuss strategy or compare paint splatters as they snack at picnic tables.