FAIRFIELD — Mel Balilo and Olivia Ricafort spent a recent day in an alfalfa field on the edge of Suisun Marsh getting ready for Zombie Wars, paintball-style.
Their Fairfield Extreme Sports has offered special paintball events over the past year. The business officially opened in June at 2325 Cordelia Road to cater to paintballers, from those who like to play with friends on the weekends to those who participate in professional events.
Fairfield Extreme Sports has two 150-feet-by-120-feet fields of artificial turf with inflatable bunkers designed to meet Paintball Sports Promotions standards. It also has a five-acre alfalfa field crammed with wooden structures and hay bales that paintballers can duck behind during their games.
Balilo began playing paintball about 10 years ago at Paintball Jungle, a paintball facility in American Canyon where games take place in a wood of eucalyptus. He’s attracted to the sport for several reasons.
“It’s excitement,” Balilo said. “And adrenaline, number one. And friends.”
He used to play paintball often. These days, he’s busy setting up various play areas at Fairfield Extreme Sports.
Among the features is a small, fenced-in area called The Octagon. One team raises a flag in the center of The Octagon and then must hold off an attacking team for two minutes.
Another feature is a wooden helicopter made by Ricafort’s brother, a former Navy SEAL.
Ricafort talked about paintball versions of Capture the Flag, Rescue the President and other games similar to those people play as video games. Only paintball, she said, is better.
“You are running and walking, but in video games, you are sitting down,” Ricafort said. “This is more fun. You are actually doing the game outside the house.”
Balilo is a Vallejo resident and initially looked at locating Extreme Sports in Vallejo, such as on Mare Island. But that didn’t work out. With Ricafort living in Fairfield, he decided to give Fairfield a try.
The city owns 23 acres along Cordelia Road and agreed to lease out seven acres to Fairfield Extreme Sports.
Hours on Saturday and Sunday are air ball from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and rec ball from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, there are the various events such as Zombie Ball. For more information, go to www.fairfieldextremesports.com or call 689-8962 or 689-8984.
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