Hi there, PbNation. I've been playing paintball since 2006, and like many young people I had the dream of owning my own paintball field. However, ever since I read TargetIndy's "Hard Truths" post, I gave up on that dream. The reason I'm here asking for help today is because I'm in enrolled in a BA 101 class that requires us to make a business. I pitched the idea of an indoor paintball field in the city center and my group seems to want to make it work.
I have been working at a paintball pro shop for the last 3 years, so I have some idea about equipment, however, I am ignorant about the actual field portion of owning a paintball field.
My questions would be about playing field size, staging area size, lobby, and staffing. A very big question is what to do with field cleanup. I'm basing my mental image of an indoor field on Portland Paintball http://web.archive.org/web/200601151.../pdxpaintball/
and their field was made of dirt, sand, and sawdust with an inch layer of shell husks and gack. As much as I complained about it back then, I can't think of a better surface for grip and low maintenance. (They would remove it every 6 months and lay down a fresh layer)
The goal of the project is to create a business that is profitable. The only requirements are that we have a monthly import of more than $300 and our employees have health insurance options. The customers that I'm looking to attract are kids 12-18. I am hoping for repeat renters and rec ballers.
Thank you for your responses in advance, and please let me know if you need any more information from me.