The Factory Building
Don’t judge a book by its cover! The owner, Matt, purchased The Factory Building at the beginning of summer 2014 and worked night and day to get it on the path to a new beginning. The first priority was to get the building safe, secure and weather-tight. With step one accomplished, the team went to work on getting The Battlegrounds field and facility up and running. Thanks to the long hours and dedication of his team, they hauled off over 40,000 pounds of debris and junk that had been stored in the building for decades. Between a master carpenter, electrician, block mason, and a team of extremely dedicated employees, they were able to pull off what most thought was an impossible task.
The owner believes in restoring buildings that have solid structure instead of tearing them down and losing their rich history. The Factory Building was a perfect candidate after years of neglect. He hoped to bring life back to what once was a landmark building on the 8th Ave corridor. Since our opening in 2014, new plans are still underway including the addition of an Intellectual Hobby Shop on the second floor mezzanine and two cafes on the first floor. The transformation will be complete with window repairs, a new parking lot, and new fencing.
What is The Battlegrounds?
The Battlegrounds facility is truly one of a kind. It incorporates more than just Airsoft. We have expanded our facility to accommodate Airsoft, NERF, Gotcha Guns, and Slingshots. The owner wanted to incorporate several different activities into one facility.The Battlegrounds offers private parties such as birthday parties, corporate holiday parties, team building events and more for any of the above activities. We also offer pre-registered open-play sessions for “Beginner,” “Intermediate,” and “Experienced” groups. Call today, email, or book online under the Book a Party tab!
The owner was looking for a place to bring his own two children after school or on the weekends where they could have fun and be active together in a safe environment. While there are other facilities that provide some of these activities, none of them are a one-stop-shop for fun. The owner envisioned a place that he could go with his children regularly that would provide exercise, fun, and excitement, all while teaching them teamwork, honor, and strategy. That’s when the concept of “The Battlegrounds” was born.
The Battlegrounds CQB Airsoft Fields
Town: The Town’s design is very unique for the Airsoft Industry. Many Airsoft fields are simply plywood mazes or structures with a military theme, but the owner decided to take a completely different approach. He wanted to design a field that was both challenging and realistic, while also utilizing the building’s square footage to its maximum potential. With that thought in mind, a post-invasion neighborhood theme was developed, including a police station, bank, grocery store, tire shop, sub shop, junk yard, town homes, and even carnival concession stands. Painted roads, real used vehicles, and other real life accessories complete the theme. Repurposed materials and items were used wherever possible to bring the very realistic post-invasion “battleground” look to life.
Warehouse: The Warehouse takes a different approach to bring players exciting indoor airsoft gameplay. This field features a warehouse theme with stacked pallets, barrels, buckets, and 2 bridges that players can both walk on and shoot from. The Warehouse is the newest field at The Battlegrounds and changes are constantly taking place for both fields through player feedback and general updates.
The Battlegrounds Indoor Nerf Arenas
Castle: At The Battlegrounds, Nerf reaches another level. Castle takes on a medieval theme with small homes, stands, and a prominent 2-story castle and fun for the entire family. The arena also features an observation deck for non-participants to watch the action up close!
Wild West: Howdy partner! Mosey on down to the wildest place for Nerf fun in Western Pennsylvania at The Battlegrounds. This arena houses several Wild West themed buildings including a saloon, bank, jail-cell, and several shops. All of the action stays here as your party saddles up for hours of fun!
*Notice: Both the Castle and Wild West arenas feature several safety measures including padded flooring, padded corners, realistic grass, and more to ensure the safety of our customers.