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RANTOUL — After more than a decade in St. Joseph, SaltFork Paintball is planning to move to Rantoul and enlarge its playable space.
Co-owner Jake Myers said he and his brother, Jonathon Myers, will be relocating the business to about 37 acres at 410 Cupernell Ave., on the former Chanute Air Force Base.
They’ve been working with the village of Rantoul for about year to make this happen, he said, “and it’s kind of fun to see all the ducks line up.”
The projected opening in Rantoul is mid-to-late March 2024, he said.
SaltFork Paintball will host a grand finale big game Nov. 11 at their current site at 2150 County Road 1600 N, St. Joseph, and will continue to take reservations there through the end of November, Jake Myers said.
He and his brother are leasing the new Rantoul site, and they hope to be able to buy it, he said.
There’s a building on the property that they plan to remodel for their check-in area, pro shop and restrooms.
With the current site in a wooded area, “this will be a change to more out in the open” Myers said. “All our fields will be built from the ground up.”
Some of their plans include building tournament courses and a western town theme-field, for which they hope to partner with local businesses to help pay for the town buildings that will carry local business names, he said.
Everything built in the St. Joseph location will be packed up and moved to the new place, Myers said.
SaltFork Paintball got its start in 2006 in Sidney before moving to St. Joseph.
Since that time, they’ve had some 50,000 customers, many of them repeat customers, he said.
He and his brother hope to also work with the Rantoul Family Sports Complex to put together some team-building experiences, he said.