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Where to play paintball

Merrimack Valley Paintball 
274 Old Candia Road, Candia, 370-7459, mvppaintball.net
 
OSG Paintball
1053 North Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead, 1-800-707-7529, 
osgpaintball.com
 
BOLP Paintball 
114 Mast Road, Lee, 765-9852, 
bolppaintball.com
 
AG Paintball 
158 Deering Center Road, Weare, 
529-3524, agpaintball.com




Love is a battlefield
Take your date to play paintball

09/24/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Ditch the video games for a day and take your date to a life-sized battle with paintball. There are several paintball fields across New Hampshire with various layouts, sizes and gameplay options. Most places have the necessary gear available to rent, so you don’t need to buy anything in advance to play. Just bring your sense of adventure and a date who won’t mind getting splattered in paint.

“I think most typical dates are kind of boring because they don’t involve [the couple],” said Tony Fiore, owner of Merrimack Valley Paintball in Candia. “If they go to a movie or a museum, they’re just observers, but if they want to be a participant in something super exciting that they’ll talk about afterwards … paintball is a good option.”
At most paintball facilities, you can just show up and play, but some will let you call and reserve the rental gear ahead of time, which is a good idea, especially on the weekends when they get the most players. You’ll usually need to attend a short orientation detailing how to use the equipment, the gameplay and game rules and safety guidelines.
There are two main types of paintball: woodsball and speedball. Woodsball is played over a large area using natural terrain as the battlefield. It usually entails a strategic, Capture the Flag-type game. Speedball is played on a smaller field with artificial bunkers and is primarily used for tournaments.
Paintball is not the perfect date for everyone. There are several things to consider before whisking your partner off to the battlefield.
“If it’s a first date, and you take them [paintballing] because they seemed outgoing and adventurous, but they really aren’t, you could run into some trouble,” Fiore said. “I’d recommend it for people who have been going together for a while or even as a second or third date, after you get to know the person a little bit.”
You should also think about how intimate you want your date to be. If dinner at a fancy restaurant seems too formal for your relationship status, paintball can be a more casual alternative because you are playing on a team with other people. Fiore said it’s also a good double date idea because couples can share an experience together without the pressure of being exclusive.
For couples who have been together for a while, paintballing can be a fun way to shake up their routine, do something active and bond by working together as a team.
If you and your date really enjoyed paintballing and want to pursue it as a shared hobby, many paintball facilities offer season passes and host special events and tournaments. You can also buy your own paintball equipment (sold at most sporting goods stores) so you don’t have to pay for rentals every time you go.
“I would definitely advertise it as a date for the adventurous type,” Fiore said. “If you get bored easily with [inactive] dates and you want to be in the action and challenge yourself, paintball is where it’s at.” 





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