What can you tell me about the paintball industry?
In less than fifteen years, Paintball has become recognized as one of the world's most exciting outdoor participation sports. Paintball is played in more than 100 countries, by millions of men and women of all ages and lifestyles. Paintball is played as a recreational hobby as well as a professional International sport with prize purses as high as $100,000. Large corporations use paintball as a team-building tool, church youth-groups frequent paintball fields etc.
The average paintball player spends nearly $50 for a day's play (including marker and goggle rental, paintballs, and "green fees." In the U.S. there are many paintball stores taking in gross revenues of 1 million dollars per year or more.
An independent insurance company has rated Paintball safer than golf, bowling, baseball, and just about every other sport.
Since SGMA International started tracking paintball participation in 1998, there's been a steady upward climb - 5.923 million participants in 1998; 6.364 million participants in 1999; 7.121 million participants in 2000; and 7.678 participants in 2001. This equates to a 29.6% increase in overall participation from 1998 to 2001. The number of frequent (15+ days per year) participants also increased from 793,000 in 1998 to 1.414 million in 2001 - a 78% increase.
SGMA International, owner of The Super Show(r), is the global business trade association of manufacturers, retailers and marketers in the sports products industry. SGMA International fosters industry growth and advances members' interests through market research, communications, public policy, sports promotion, and international business development programs.
How big is paintball getting? We've been working on this for several months and have come up with data to support the following figures. Try these industry numbers on for size.
Major Magazines 16 — approximate circulation 640,000 copies
Paintball stores in the U.S. Approximately 2,000
Paintball fields in the U.S. Approximately 1,400
Number of players worldwide More than 16,000,000
Number of competing teams in the U.S. 7,600
Number of paintball web sites 5,000
Countries where paintball is played 140
Number of paintball items listed on Ebay 3,600
Number of series' or league events in U.S. 325
Paint markers sold in the U.S. per month Approximately 200,000
Universities with paintball clubs/programs 175
Paintball is a profitable business. Get in on the fun while the sport is still relatively new!