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New Field Proposed for Mainstreaming

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on May 04, 2004 at 11:32:45

I am part of an investment company based out of Orlando, Florida and one of my partners and I have been working on a prospective paintball project in the Orlando area (probably Longwood, if you know the area. Possibly I-drive).
I'm going to go ahead and tell you everything as planned, since I don't expect anyone is just going to take the idea and run with it (or someone already would have).

We're planning on buying one or several old shopping centers with anchor stores of between 20,000 and 40,000 square feet. These stores will be converted into indoor fields with one adjacent unit providing a pro shop and the rest of the units leased out.

This basic premise will provide an ideal walk-on location as well as easy access for the players to good restaurants and other services right down the sidewalk.

As far as the aesthetics of the field, we will completely rehab and refinish. Everything will look good and complete. We have a construction division and the funds to completely build this thing before it opens, so it's never going to look trashed. We can build a complete city of woodframe buildings inside the field, if that's what we deem prudent.

I'm currently doing market research along the lines of drawing the non-paintball community...but that's not what this post is about. I want to know what the hardcore paintball community wants.

Pretend there are no budget constraints (because there aren't, if the plan is good enough) and tell me what you would want to see along the lines that I've stated.

Would you want the inside turned into a forest? A city? A jungle? All of the above?

I've pretty much determined that the field would be open 7 days a week and that there would be special events per day (wargame night, speedball night with strobes and fog machines) and there would also be league games set up much like a bowling center for those who don't have their own team already. Prizes, of course. I plan on having Airsoft as well. Sound and lighting effects for wargame nights, etc.

Full service pro-shop will go in, inventory greater than anything currently in Orlando.

Oh....and in case you're wondering...we will have competitive prices. This will NOT be an expensive place to play, I assure you.

Finally, if this plan gets off the ground it WILL BE FRANCHISED and similar models will be scattered throughout the country. We will not begin this project unless it can be franchised easily. That means that everyone's input is appreciated, because you might have one near you eventually.

Thanks for reading, I'll be checking up for questions and input!


*This has been posted in duplicate in the RecTalk forum

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