Whether you've heard stories of epic paint-battles from a friend or watched the Oscar-nominated paintball scene from Saving Private Ryan dozens of times, paintball is one of those sports you've always wanted to try. Achieve dreams of colorful crossfire with today's Groupon: for $24, you get open-play paintball admission, equipment rental, and 500 paintballs at The Badlandz Paintball Field (a $60 value), located in Crete.
The Badlandz Paintball Field features 400 sprawling acres of forts, fields, ravines, and bridges, making it one of the largest paintball venues in the Midwest. Feel the surging adrenaline with an all-day admission ($25) as you race from cover to cover behind barrels, giant oak trees, inflatable obstacles, and 37 bronze statues of McLean Stevenson. This deal includes all-day air, equipment rental ($10), and 500 Badlandz premium paintballs ($25). If more paintballs beyond the 500 are needed, customers are welcome to bring their own paintballs or to purchase them from Badlandz for an additional fee. Optional items that may be useful include basic army training, two weeks of rations, and a paint-sword for close combat. Games at The Badlandz include Capture the Flag, the Alien Game, and Protect the President, all closely monitored by top referees.
Buy a few Groupons to see if you and your friends can precisely re-enact the final battle in Starship Troopers, or get the family together for a wonderful day of camaraderie and adventure before you turn on them like Benedict Arnold with direct shots to the back.
Must be at least 10 years old to play. All players must sign a waiver (those under 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent).
Six Yelpers give The Badlandz Paintball Field an excellent 4.5 stars:
- From newbies to professionals, this place has it all... Woods ball, speed ball, hyper ball, are all located fairly close to the parking lot. The referees are exceptional – Jim C.
- This is by far the best paintball field in the 'chicagoland' area...Their fields are great, not too complicated, and their big games are so much fun. – Dave L.
The Badlandz Paintball Field
Originally constructed to host large-scale tournaments, The Badlandz Paintball Field now accommodates recreational play across more than 400 acres of outdoor forts, creeks, and open fields. Open play draws beginning, intermediate, and advanced paintballers into challenging and fun scenarios. Multiple games kick off simultaneously, sending combatants headlong into battle on isolated fields, with players divvied up based on ability, equipment type, and Duck Hunt high scores to ensure a level playing field. Warriors navigate natural and manmade obstacles as they pummel competitors with polychromatic ammo throughout the woodsball, hyperball, airball, and x-ball courts. Methods of gameplay include elimination, capture the flag, and protect the president and encourage individual or team strategies such as designating snipers or concealing teammates in piles of chameleons. Badlandz staffers patrol the sprawling arena to enforce the game's rules and to ensure that all participants follow the field's stringent safety regulations. Players can bring their own paintballs or purchase them onsite. The facility also runs airsoft games during weekend open play.