The Paintball Association of America (PAA) announced that it has received the required permit from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department (SAPR) to begin shooting paintball at Paintball Bay Area Park in 2019.
The move comes less than two weeks after the SAPS approved a new paintball ordinance in November, which would allow paintball to be played at all parks in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The announcement comes just weeks after SAPS granted permission for paintball teams to play at the historic San Jacinto Bridge, which has served as the paintball playground of San Antonio since the 1960s.
The decision comes on the heels of a string of victories by the PAA in recent years, including winning the right to operate at PaintBall Bay Area in 2021 and 2017.
“This is an important milestone in the continued development of paintball in the Bay Area,” said PSA President Jeff Devereaux.
“Our membership is a strong one and we believe this new permitting process will help us continue to grow our game in a safe and responsible manner.”
San Antonio is home to more than 1.5 million people and boasts some of the country’s top sports leagues, including the San Jose Sharks, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
In 2016, the San Jacintos city council approved a $300,000 grant from the city’s Sports and Fitness Alliance (SFSA) to help cover costs for PaintBall bay area.
The SFSA also helped set up a paintball center in the area that is still operating as of this week.
Painted ball games have been played at Paintballs Bay Area since the 1970s, and paintball has become an increasingly popular sport among the younger generation.
According to the PAHAA, Paintball is “one of the most popular sports in the world” and “became popular due to its fun, competitive and social nature.”
“We are pleased to have secured the permit to begin our new game at PaintBayAreaPark in 2019,” said Matt Daley, CEO of Paintball San Antonio.
“The Bay Area has proven to be a wonderful place to live, play and enjoy sports.
We look forward to welcoming PaintBall fans and their families to PaintBayareaPark and expanding the game in San Antonio.”
The PAHAAA is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the community through its Paintball Program, which includes teaching, technical assistance, public education and mentorship.
For more information on the Paintball Park, contact Jeff Deveaux at [email protected]