After inventing paintball, Jackson Pollock retired from inventing extreme sports and decided to focus on his second-favorite hobby—art. Experience an artistic impact with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get all-day admission, gear rental, and 200 paintballs at Xtreme Paintball in Agawam (a $40 value).
Xtreme Paintball customers fling pigmented ammunition across a shady forested arena and an open speedball court with bunkers and trenches. On arrival, customers ages 10 and up sign waivers before receiving supplies and munitions, strapping on thermal nonfogging goggles, and filling standard-issue ammo pods with extra rounds. A Tippmann 98 Custom with compressed air reliably delivers colorful messages to the shirts and face masks of opponents, using 200 paintballs to leave dozens of periods and ellipses spattered over enemies, enemy structures, and enemy billboard propaganda. For a full day, customers have access to both the woods arena, landscaped to evoke a tropical warfare scenario, and the speedball arena, filled with geometrical structures such as embedded bunkers and the monolithic icosahedron. Projectiles and hours zing past in the exhilarating pursuit of an enemy flag or panicked sprints across open fields.
Customers would do well to wear ankle-supporting shoes as well as clothing they don’t mind getting dirty. Nonplayers may watch games from a protected viewing area while discussing the relatively tame sport of watercolor paintball. Call ahead to check for availability.
Xtreme Paintball's speckled war zone stretches across five playing fields, where marker-toting combatants engage in colorful crossfire during a variety of paintballing matches. A natural canopy blocks the sun from the eyes of snipers throughout the battle zone, and manmade obstacles, such as ditches and sandbag bunkers, conceal sharpshooters and bottles of Wite-Out for healing wounds. A Wild West–themed village situated at the center of Xtreme Paintball's paint-strewn landscape inspires players to reenact their favorite cowboy movies or guests can play on Nuketown, the most popular field named after the Call of Duty video game. A netted viewing area allows parents and friends to peek in on the action at a safe distance.
369 Main St.
Agawam, Massachusetts 01001