So I was suffering at the department store while my girlfriend was shopping for clothes and then a thought occurred to me. "It would be awesome if I could play paintball in the department store. It'd be awesome ducking between the racks of clothes while shooting."
Is there a field that does this? I mean, they can just fill the racks with cheap shirts and pants and then spray them down with a hose once a week. And then they're good as new. If they want to do scenario, they can have one team as robbers with hostages (mannequins) and one team as the SWAT. Hitting mannequin would be a no no of course.
Another possibility is having the shelving you find in Walmart and such minus the items. Same possible scenario as in the department store. What do you guys think? Good idea or no? Sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum. Not 100% where it would go.
Well you wouldn't really have to buy a whole space and make one field based on the department store. A field could just get the racks and maybe set up some plywood walls and paint them white to make it seem like you are indoors.
There actually used to be a mall near me livonia mall that had a paintball shop and Ino or field. The mall started losing tenants so they slowly opened the whole mall up to paintball. They tore it down though
Back in the 90s there was a paintball tournament at a theme park. I want to say it was at Universal or Disney World? I just remember it being kind of an L shaped street scene kind of setting and was at some theme park.
Looked cool as hell.
Having played in abandoned housing and two story military barraks, any kind of location like you guys are discussion would rock.
AP Guy, I would talk to the mall's landlord and see what their plans are after they close it down. If they are going to tear it down, see what their timeframe is and if it might be possible for you to have a weekend of paintball there before they destroy it. Biggest issue though is going to be safety. Some things to consider:
Glass. Glass breaks and becomes very hazardous. Most store fronts have glass and thus the landlord may not be thrilled about someone possibly getting injured by broken glass.
Tile and paintball paint = slippery. If the floor of the mall isn't carpet, it's probably tile. When you get paint on tile it becomes extremely slippery and again, you can have injuries. Polished concrete can be the same way.
Multi-story malls. Here you would have to rope off stairs and escalators going to the upper floors. Low railings upstairs could lead to hazardous falls. Preventing access to this level would be important if your mall has multiple stories.
Insurance. You would probably have to get some sort of insurance rider to protect the landlord. Not cheap but not horribly expensive either. If you have enough people in your area that would be insterested in playing in the mall you might be able to pull it off.
Of course, you could possibly also approach the owners about playing there and if they are open to it contact a promoter like Viper and see if he would be interested in putting on a game there. I think he'd get a huge turnout for a two day scenario game in an abandoned mall.
There's a few abandoned trailer parks around here that look like they could provide some great play. Once the trailers had been de-crittered, de-glassed and made safe that is. If I could find the landowners I'd try and set up games at one of them.
"First rule of battle, little one ... don't ever let them know where you are." "WHOO-HOO! I'M RIGHT HERE! I'M RIGHT HERE! YOU WANT SOME O' ME?! YEAH YOU DO! COME ON! COME ON! AAAAAH! Whoo-hoo!"
"'Course, there're other schools of thought."
Paintball Explosion in Chicago is an old theme park. Not a major one but a theme park still. They turned the bumper car and game booths area into one field. Rest of the place has had scenario styled fields built on them.
The actual theme park idea has been done too
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no need to necessarily buy the park. just convince the owner that they can still make money. maybe sublet? then you only need to come up with money for compressor. or tons of scuba tanks. hell make it a legit every weekend field and get a rental fleet. you could both make money