Combat City simulates war, gun battles at former Publix
Orlando Sentinel –
There’s a war going on at a former Publix in Winter Park.
Decked out in masks, camouflage shirts and black lace-up boots, an army of mostly teenage boys and 20-something men exchanged gunfire from behind plywood barriers.
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“It’s like intense,” said Brayden Obar, 14, of Chuluota.”Your adrenaline gets going. Once you start getting hit, it’s really fun…It’s the perfect sport.”
Owner Dave Kaplan opened the first Combat City – an outdoor venue near the Orlando International Airport – several years ago. A Marine turned general contractor, Kaplan wanted a place to play Airsoft with his son.
“There was nowhere to play” back then, Kaplan said. Combat City meets that “demand.”
Participants plays games such as Capture the Flag all the while shooting at opponents from behind obstacles set up where grocery aisles once stood.
“What’s so fun about shooting your friends?” asked Rowan Cridland, who spent much of Tuesday at Combat City. “Everything’s fun about shooting your friends.”
Another Combat City is set to open near International Drive later this year.
Combat City in Winter Park is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. It’s $15 to play all day for those with their own gear, and $30 to play for four hours and rent the gear.
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