Painting the ‘Boro

Araya Jackson

Another weekend in the Boro has arrived, and the big question is: what are you going to do? It’s no mystery that Statesboro may not be the most exciting place, but it may be better than you think. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, and still in your budget range, then Statesboro Paintball is just the place.

Statesboro Paintball started with developer Jerry Jennings about a year ago, and is now under ownership of Jerome Davis and Karl Miller. The inside of the Statesboro Flea Market holds a 65,000 square foot paintball range. It’s the largest indoor facility in the state, and among the top 10 largest in the nation. Davis is very excited to get students involved.

“It’s going to explode pretty quickly with music, lights, the works,” he said.

The shooting range also has three different sections: The Call of Duty Zone, equipped with a 16 foot castle, the Speed Ball Facility and the Abandoned City Field, with a four ton, old abandoned school bus, which is perfect for Walking Dead themed nights.

Students have the option to sign up to pay a low flat rate for a league unlimited pass. Statesboro Paintball will also be holding theme parties and monthly tournaments, where a $500 prize will be awarded.

“We also really want to encourage people to live healthy lifestyles,” Davis said.

In effort to support this, Statesboro Paintball does not sell any junk food or sodas. They will have water, Powerade, Cliffbars and snacks of the like available, which comes along with the cost of your league ticket. They also have plans in the works to have a 1,500-2,000 square foot gym put in, so you can come work out at the gym or on the turf.

With the best paintball prices of anywhere in Georgia, you can go out with a group of friends and play for only $29.99 per player. This includes all the required gear, 500 paintballs and two hours of play. They also have an alternative to paintballs, called reball. They’re the same size as a regular paintball, but they don’t use paint, and they are reusable. If interested, you can play with unlimited reballs for two hours for only $19.99. Players can even bring in their own equipment to play with if they have it. And starting Nov. 15, they will be accepting Eagle Express.

Statesboro Paintball is open Friday-Sunday from noon-6 p.m. for walk-ins and groups less than eight, and anytime Monday-Sunday for groups more than eight, with an appointment and deposit.

Davis said, “You can go and get a DUI out at the bars, or go play putt-putt, but then there’s this.”