Two teams face off against each other in a high-tech version of capture the flag. They’re dressed in lightweight armor, carrying specialized weapons that launch paint-filled projectiles at speeds upwards of 300 feet per second. Sure, it hurts to get shot with a paintball. Although, many players claim that when their adrenaline is rushing and the battle is reaching a climax, they don’t feel a thing, at least not until the next day when the bruises begin to appear. Whether you’re a seasoned paintball veteran or looking to get your first taste of paintball bruises, the venues on this list are among the best in the tri-state area. Here are the best paintball arenas near Pittsburgh.
298 Desdemona Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Riverside Renegades is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in the Homestead Waterfront section of town. Its popular “Renegade Package” has attracted more than a few first-timers to the sport of paintball. Included in the package is a semi-automatic paintball gun, 500 paintballs, unlimited CO2 cartridges for the entire day, safety gear and even a catered lunch. For $45, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal.
Steeltown Paintball Park
500 Huntington Ave., Suite 202
Emsworth, PA 15202
Steeltown offers a “splatmaster” paintball program that is specially designed for children ages eight to 11. Since most places do not allow children under 12 to participate and just about every kid ages eight to 11 is dreaming of playing it for the first time, this was a shrewd business move by Steeltown. The splatmaster program utilized spring-loaded guns as opposed to compressed carbon dioxide, reducing the speed of the paintball by half. The paintballs are smaller and the reservoir only holds 14 paintballs. For more information on the splatmaster program, click here.
Three Rivers Paintball
282 Rochester Road
Freedom, PA 15042
Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Three Rivers Paintball holds an open play for walk-ons, sort of like an open gym. The rest of the week, the paintball and airsoft center is catering to group events and special requests. The 70-acre complex is a first-rate, full-service paintball experience that specializes in everything from birthday parties and reunion gatherings to bachelor parties and corporate teamwork building retreats. At Three Rivers, everything you need for an unforgettable paintball experience is covered.
6901 Avonia Road
Fairview, PA 16415
Pentagon Paintball has been a leader in the western Pennsylvania paintball scene for the past 15 years. With competitive pricing, it offers some of the best paintball experience for all ages and skill levels. Its top priority is providing everyone that visits its Fairview center with a first-rate experience that is both wildly fun and safe. In an effort to get newcomers interested, Pentagon Paintball hosts open play for free every Sunday. After all, with six different fields/arenas to choose from, it has more than enough room to accommodate everyone. To view more information on all of Pentagon’s package rates and rental fees, click here.
Urban Assault Paintball
1217 Laurel Hill Road
McDonald, PA 15057
201 Cecil Sturgeon Road
McDonald, PA 15057
In addition to all the amenities you’d expect from one of Pittsburgh’s best, Urban Assault Paintball offers a little more. One popular event that helps set UA apart from many of its competitors is the all night paintball. By combining roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a bonfire with fierce paintball competition, UA has come up with something new and unusual. Some of the other less conventional paintball events held at one of its two locations are the three-on-three competitions, free Steeler Sunday and midnight paintball. For more information on special packages and rates, check out the events section of the website.
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Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.