Originally Posted by kingshrables
Ive heard legends... I played a couple of MILPS around 2011-2013 and it was some of the most fun i have ever had. Finally about to get some gear to play and now im stuck in Chattanooga with no one to ball with. I wish insane would bring back that outside airball field so bad.
We have a pretty good handful of guys that are playing pretty regular down here on weekends and for the Fight Nights we run a couple of times per month on Saturday evenings. Although it is not regulation size the indoor field is a good field to train on and work on technical and gun skills for tournaments.
We would love to bring the XBall field back outside and we have talked about it quite a bit. Unfortunately the income it would provide vs the amount of upkeep it requires just does not add up to be profitable for us to warrant it right now. Indoors we don't have to worry about bunkers getting destroyed in the weather, all the mud which always seems to turn tournament fields into sloppy messes, and gridding/laying out fields which takes a lot of time. Unfortunately groups and new players don't have much interest in it either which makes tournament fields difficult to offer when you have limited space for playing fields.
Indoor we only have to worry about cleaning the turf and bunkers but none of the other headaches of airball outside are an issue. We can leave it inflated all the time and don't have to worry about the wind destroying the field during the week or the sun breaking them down during the Summer which causes a field to only last a couple of seasons. Airing up a full Xball field every weekend is easily an hour plus job when all the bunkers are empty as well.
Unfortunately when we did have the airball field outside we didn't get any more players coming out so that is why we decided to pull it off a couple of years ago and just make it a rec field with minimal upkeep.
If the community here in Chattanooga gets large enough for it to make sense bringing an airball field back outside we will explore the option again but until then it unfortunately just doesn't make financial sense to do so......And believe me it pains me to not have tournament paintball regulation fields at Insane.....That is where my roots lie so it is frustrating to be in the situation we've been in but to keep the doors open we have to look at the profitability of what makes the most sense.
Hope to see you out sometime.