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Andersen paintball facility now open for business

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Wolff
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen held its first paintball challenge between the Chiefs and Eagles following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the paintball facility here Sept. 26.

"After a customer mentioned that Andersen should have a paintball field, we began researching some options 18 months ago," said Ray Stiers, the director of Outdoor Recreation. "We went to the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron to research where a long-standing paintball facility could be built."

The 36th CES suggested that the Andersen paintball facility be built in the area between the base track and softball field. This location for the paintball field was ideal, due to its close proximity to other sporting facilities. The construction for the field began in January.

The facility cost approximately $25,000 and was built by maintenance crews from the 554th RED HORSE Squadron, the Outdoor Recreation staff, and the Top of the Rock and Palm Tree Golf Course.  

"There will be a minimum of three people working at the paintball facility," said Mr. Stiers. "There will be two personnel working on the field itself, with one person working in the pro shop."

The Andersen paintball facility pro shop sells and rents assorted paintball gear and accessories.

Due to the Andersen paintball facility's size, the current maximum capacity accommodates groups of three-on-three.  However, the Outdoor Recreation staff is looking at the possibility of expanding that capacity to four-on-four in the future.  

The Andersen paintball field is getting rave reviews from its patrons. In one word Senior Airman Nathaniel Robinson, 36th Communications Squadron describes the Andersen paintball facility as "awesome."

"Having our own paintball facility is a lot more convenient," Airman Robinson said. "The paintball facility is safe and fun, which is a winning combination."

The Andersen paintball facility offers two price settings; one for those who have do not have the proper protective equipment and one for those people who do have their own equipment, or only need select items to complete their gear.

For those customers who do not have gear, the Andersen paintball facility charges a fee of $40 for the rental marker package. This package includes: marker, 200 paintballs, hopper, mask, vest, field charge and unlimited air. Patrons can buy an additional 100 paintballs for $5.

Customers who have gear must pay fees for various items of equipment to complete their gear, as well as a $10 field fee. The equipment prices are as follows: 

- Unlimited air - $5
- 500 medium grade paintballs - $15
- 500 high grade paintballs - $20
- 100 paintballs - $5
- Marker - $10
- Hopper - $5
- Mask - $5
- Vest - $5 

The Andersen paintball facility hours of operation are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday and holidays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Andersen paintball facility contact Outdoor Recreation at 366-5197.