Well, this makes the fourth indoor arena I've played at in the last 11 years that has closed. I'm bummed, but not really surprised.
OAA ran until sometime in '06. It was just a training space, no pro shop, no rentals. The space was amazing. All of the walls were 8'x4' framed wall segments with drywall, and had window cutouts and actual doors. Probably the best shoot house I've seen outside of the military, and the layout changed every single weekend. But, no rental guns or gear, and no pro shop to buy ammo and whatnot. The atmosphere was more "club" than public space,which was nice.
PTOC was next. Again, no rentals and no pro shop. Great space, and the layout changed every couple of months. Good balance of open space and close quarters. The lack of rentals made it tough to bring in new players though.
PDXCAGE was the next place I went. Big space, but a little weird on the layout. It didn't really feel cohesive from a player perspective. The layout was a little wonky, although it did get better as time went on. It felt like they started with too small a budget and just never quite caught up.
Tac-Ops was next. It was fun. It felt kinda small, and that was exacerbated by the field owners shoving way too much cover into a small space. The first set of rental guns were pretty janky, but they got better when they switched out for G&G guns. They had a small pro shop eventually, but the product mix was a little weird. Might have done better with just a couple of field-legal guns and a bunch of tactical gear and accessories (lights, lasers, gloves, masks).
There's still a field out in Hillsboro (OAA, but unrelated to the first OAA), but dunno how that one is doing.
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