There's a new hot-spot for family fun -- and maybe even a little stress relief.
Domination Paintball is located on Highway 277, just south of Abilene. Currently, it’s open on weekends, but is also available for private parties and events.
Owners Angel Seca and Chucky Castillo said the course is the result of Abilene not having a local course.
"Well, it all resulted from going other places to play paintball and saying, ‘Why can't we have one in Abilene?’” Seca said.
Those first conversations started just last November. By May, ground had been broken ground, and by Aug. 15, the course was open for business. Since opening, Seca said the response has been great, especially among avid paintballers. However, Seca said he hopes folks of all abilities and experience will take advantage of the fields as a place everyone can have good time.
"Church groups, executive parties – age minimum is 10 years old, so if you're 10 years old you can come out here and have some fun," Seca said.
Recently, Mike and Morgan Monse were among the warriors who participated at the course. A game referee counted down to one as the two teams waged war at the Domination Paintball course.
"This is what me and my dad do. This is our thing. We enjoy it so much, get to have fun, talk. He works on cars. I play video games. We were in two different worlds – and this is what brings us together," Morgan said.
The two started playing together about six years ago, and until now, they'd have to travel to San Angelo, Brownwood, or the Dallas-Fort Worth area to play.
"We played in tournaments in Brownwood, Fort Worth. We tried to keep it close just because of the cost factor," Mike said.
The two would easily spend $200 or $300 on a trip to play – and it was that same expense that motivated owners Seca and Castillo to bring the course to Abilene.