Student activities to host paintball battle

BYU-Idaho Student Activities is hosting a paintball battle Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will take place at Crossfire Paintball, just outside of Rexburg, and is open to all students and spouses of students.

“This is something that has been done for a long time,” said Shannon Murphy, a junior studying recreation management and manager of the event. “We have been doing it for about two or three years and have had some pretty good turnouts every time.”

Murphy said the capacity for the event is 45 people. He said it usually fills up the night before, after people hear about it and want to get in.

“There are a ton of trees that create plenty of places to hide out there,” Murphy said. “You can even sneak behind the waterfall over by Monkey Rock to get the jump on the enemy team. It’s a lot of fun.”

Those who wish to participate in the event can purchase tickets at the Kimball Ticket Office or on the ticket office Web page on for $16.

The cost of the event will cover transportation, as well as equipment and referees for the match, according to the student activities Web page.

Each student will be provided a mask, paintball marker and approximately 375 paintballs. Contestants who wish to have something to eat during the competition must bring their own food.

Transportation will depart from the Outdoor Resource Center at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The ORC said that all participants bring clothing that can get painted: closed-toed shoes, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, gloves and a hat for protection.

“Paintball is a solid way to relieve stress,” said Shared Westover, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. “You just get in the zone and forget about school.”

Westover said it is the best way to pull herself out of the school finals mindset.

“Things get so stressful around this point of the semester,” Westover said. “It is nice to give yourself a little break.”



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