Just off Highway 80 in Bloomingdale, Ga., it’s easy to spot what sets The Combat Zone apart from any other military-themed recreation activity park in the Southeast: two real tanks sitting right at the entrance.
David Guild opened The Combat Zone in September 2017, and it has already become a popular place for paintball players, both new and experienced. Simply fill out a waiver, choose between four outdoor playing fields and get ready to enjoy the most affordable paintball experience in the area.
With hordes of zombies, hazmat drums and “abandoned” vehicles—including a camper van, delivery truck, ambulance and more—it’s easy to see why Guild says the Zombie Apocalypse Field is the most popular among guests. His favorite is the Warzone Field, which features a capture-the-flag campaign, machine gun bunkers, camo netting, military jerry cans and ammo boxes.
“I didn’t want to just put in the stuff that’s easy to get,” Guild explained. “I wanted it to be more atmospheric.”
That dedication to atmosphere creates an exciting, immersive environment that’s proven popular among more than just the paintball aficionados who practice in the Speedball Field. The Combat Zone has hosted birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate parties, parties for people whose friends are about to be deployed, and everything in between.
One of the many unique action-adventures you won’t experience anywhere else in Savannah is The Combat Zone’s new nighttime paintball field. Guild went all out to create another Warzone Field with fog machines, tripwire-activated beacons that will give away your position if you’re not too careful, glow in the dark paintballs and plenty of zombies. It’s a great way to enjoy paintball under the cover of darkness and to escape the daytime heat.
The Combat Zone offers more than just paintball, and those tanks at the entrance aren’t just for decoration. Guests can drive these demilitarized, battle-scarred British tanks around a four-acre field—an extraordinary adventure that’s sure to be the highlight of your vacation. The FV433 Abbot tank fits two people in the turret and one in the driver’s seat, while the FV342 Bulldog tank can accommodate up to four people who communicate via headset.
If you’re looking for a scaled-down version of a tank, plus the fun of paintball without the pain, The Combat Zone is the only place in the United States offering paintball in miniature tanks. Suitable for guests ages 8 and up, this is the only place you can enjoy a mini-paintball tank battle with your friends or family.
“I’m a firm believer that you’ve got to do new things,” Guild said. “Anything can get old if you don’t change it up a bit.”
The Combat Zone is open Thursday 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. It is located at 108 Godley Road in Bloomingdale, GA. Long and loose-fitting clothing is recommended. Paintball equipment and protection is provided. For more information, call (912) 675-9952 or visit www.thecombat.zone.