Owner touts Velocity paintball business as good place to have a company outing

For the next company outing, how about some healthy competition, team building and a shot at the boss?

Velocity Indoor Paintball opened Friday in the Peach Tree Swap Meet building, 3227 Interstate 70 Business Loop in Clifton.

“It does wonders for morale. This would be a great thing for companies to do,” said Gilbert Maynard, owner of Velocity Indoor Paintball.

The arena is filled with barrels, hay bales and wooden pallets. Fog and lasers are added for night play.

“We want to change it from week to week,” Maynard said.

The 10,000-square-foot arena takes up a significant portion of the Peach Tree Swap Meet building. Spectators can view the arena from behind several plexiglass windows.

“We want to make it so mom can watch the kids,” Maynard said.

There is a full-service paintball shop on site, with CO2 cartridges, paintballs and rental gear.

“We are going to try to be all things paintball,” Maynard said.

Paintball enthusiast Ethan Mercer was at Velocity on Friday afternoon in full gear: matching blue jersey and pants, gloves and the required safety mask.

“A lot of people are afraid to try it because they’re afraid of it hurting. Some love it. Some don’t,” Mercer said.

Strict regulations must be followed at Velocity to ensure safety, Maynard said. Guns must fire at speeds less than 250 meters per second, special paintballs designed for arena play that break easily must be used, and players cannot aim at a target closer than 20 feet.

“Funny thing about paintballs is 80 percent of the time they don’t hurt,” Maynard said, adding that sometimes players don’t realize when they have been hit.

The center’s hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The arena will open for league play on weeknights and is open to birthday and corporate parties.

Additional information is available online at http://www.gjsplat.com.


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