Paintball is a lot like chess in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Add a dash of humanity to your next game with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get an all-day field pass, paint-gun rental, a face mask, unlimited CO2, and 250 rounds of paintballs (a $25.87 value) at Maximum Paintball TheField in the Fresno Regional Sports Complex.
Maximum Paintball TheField is home to one of the valley's largest public paintball-playing areas. Stain-snipers of all skill levels ages 10 and up are welcome. Contenders can separate friends from guidance counselors on two speedball battlegrounds, or they can duck and cover across the straw-bale field. The grass terrain of the regulation-sized fields is designed to cushion feet, soften impromptu rolls, and add a few mossy green swatches to the camouflage color wheel. Likewise, a gregarious and dedicated staff oversees all equipment rental and referee duties from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as most holidays.
After traipsing deep into Fresno Regional Sports Complex, warriors breach the perimeter of Maximum Paintball, an expansive enclave spread throughout several obstacle-infested outdoor fields. Concrete blocks, wooden horses, and metal barrels populate Field1, and regulation barricades such as pyramids, cylinders, and Paul Bunyan's beanbags wait to be splattered with neon paint in other nooks. Maximum Paintball hosts traditional paintball games and some with slight variations, all overseen by referees unafraid to eject people for unsportsmanlike conduct. An observation area with awnings and picnic tables protects onlookers from stray pellets, and a supply store stays open seven days a week to equip sharpshooters with necessary accouterments.