Largest paintball, laser tag and airsoft center to open in Santa Rosa

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SANTA ROSA -- Billed as the largest indoor paintball, laser tag and airsoft center west of the Mississippi River, the new Playland is scheduled to have a soft opening the week of Aug. 5 at 170 Todd Road, pending final approvals from the county.

Owner Ryan Podesta is putting his 16 years of experience and personal finances behind this new venture, along with funding from three private investors.

"I named this center Playland after the Playland of the Pacific amusement center in San Francisco at the beach.  When I was a kid, my father would tell me stories, such as one about every child wanting to have a birthday party at Playland. This is my way of re-creating that fun-filled experience for another generation."

Mr. Podesta also operates a retail paintball store, called Thirty First Outfitters, at 615 Petaluma Blvd. North (named for California, the 31st state) where paintball fans can buy air-powered guns, gear and supplies.

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