You can break up the team into different squads, such as the dueling burritos, the brawling enchiladas, the attacking gorditas, the combative chalupas, the crusading nachos, and the ever more famous, Mexican Pizza Battle Group Extraordinaire.
why not get a vacant location in detroit..... it would probably be cheaper, much cheaper, and then you could probably get Detroit police to come and train/play there. several of the guys on my team are city employees in detroit.
"El, If you wern't such a bad influence, you wouldn't be such a good friend" -Donut "I could buy a $300,000 sports car, but that doesn't mean I know more than El Phantasamo does about the engine." -Kneif "The thought of El in an aircraft makes me shiver..... Now back to something not as scary, Zombies!" -Red Knight
I am fairly new to airsoft, but i played paintball for years.
I do have some experience in being invovled in Non-Profit Groups. One thing that I don't think has been mentioned is casino nights. There are companys out there that will do everything for you (rent halls, pull permits, front the money, supply dealers, advertise, ect...) The only thing the non profit group does is supply two people that are part of the group that have to pass out the chips during the event. The members of the non profit group are the only ones allowed to handle the chips (Michigan law). The non profit group gets half of the money generated. An average event usually yields around $2000 take home for the group. The state also allows you to do these upto four times a year.
In order to make this idea work, you would have to form it officially as a fraternity. You would also be wise in collecting dues from memebrs. If the fraternity had 40 paying members that payed $50 a year for dues, then you would have an autmatic $2000 available just in dues.
Also as previously mentioned sponsoring pay-to-play events for non-members would generate additional income as well. If ten people showed up once a month paying $10 to play, you could make about $1200 a year doing this. Although it would not be a good idea to schedule on the same nights as another facility (ie the winery) We are not trying to compete with any buiseness or facility
The club could also throw a few tournaments or "big games" with a higher player base and a higher cost to play. Lets say you hosted a 60 man game off site somewhere up north. If everyone attending had to pay an entrance fee of $20-30 dollars it would be an easy $120-$180.
Using the above ideas, a group could earn close to $10,000 a year for the club.
The motor city area has been hit hard by economic issues and there are plenty of places that are in foreclosure (if you want to buy) or are dying to get a good renter into them.
The main issue is how bad people want this to happen. If people don't get invovled then this can never work.
Excellent idea Box! I have been looking into getting a place in Detroit. There is a Thread regarding that already, but this is worth mentioning here since we apparently revived this thread at some point... If we can get some folks to front a little cash, perhaps just enough to cover the back taxes, we could have a Semia owned facility here is Detroit for almost nothing. I know that a few issues would jump up immediately such as insurance and utilities. The other big concern would be generating continued revenue to keep payments up on the taxes. One more crucial factor that comes to mind then, is who or what name goes on the deed and or insurance papers? Would anyone from Semia want to put their name on it? Would anyone else consider helping out with a venture like this? Here is the main idea though: If a facility is/was a ware house, the taxes are generally lower than smurf-balls when compared to other building's taxes. I know someone who currently pays about $600 per year for taxes on a building that was a warehouse previously, and the insurance for the place is very low also. I don't know how much, or, for that matter what kind of insurance would be appropriate for an airsoft field, but I am all about getting something like his going within the next year or so. I have recently been building structures on shadow's field and begging and praying for someone else (besides Shadow and Box) to show initiative and jump in. Perhaps we should pool our assets and begin working to wards the purchase of a large industrial facility such as a warehouse. By the way, I know that I am among the people that dig through, and once in a while, resurrect some of the old threads, and in some cases, instead of reviving interest, it just opens old wounds, but come on guys this is something worth having, a place of our own!
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If ANYONE has a good plan to make this really happen, get ahold of me. I have the means to make this happen if someone can locate a good size building for a decent price, and if the others who have indicated interest can actually cough up some dough. I have been looking, and to get a 5k + sq ft building, its gonna cost a pretty penny to rent, especially the month-to-month thing. Also, don't forget about insurance, which is QUITE EXPENSIVE. I have priced it, and from what I have been quoted, it would cost a few to several hundred a month (unless I was being mis-quoted).