Dust off your Nerf guns and find your foam darts: The world's largest toy pistol fight returns to Arlington this spring.
On March 10, Jared's Epic Nerf Battle welcomes both kids and kids-at-heart to the field at AT&T Stadium, which will be filled with inflatable bunkers, barricades and slides to assist Nerf warriors in combat. Consider it a birthday party of your wildest dreams.
"You're running around a $2 billion stadium shooting blasters at people," says Jared Guynes, founder of the now three-year-old event. "It's a blast."
Guynes, a Rockwall-based social media expert, started the Epic Nerf Battle in 2016 in hopes of setting a world record. A self-proclaimed "big kid," he's no stranger to throwing events that excite his inner child. In 2014, he hosted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed party in Dallas with pizza and a performance from rapper Vanilla Ice. Four life-sized Ninja Turtles even attended for extra effect.
The inaugural Jared's Epic Nerf Battle achieved world record status for "largest toy pistol fight" after 2,289 people showed up. The record has been challenged several times, confirmed a representative for Guinness World Records, but never broken.
Here's how it works
Attendees can expect Jared's Epic Nerf Battle to be "bigger, longer, even more fun" than the previous two years, Guynes says. The event runs 7 to 11 p.m. and features numerous battles, which each last five to eight minutes. Some have themes, such as girls versus boys, adults versus kids, or humans versus people dressed as dinosaurs. (Did I mention costumes are highly encouraged?) Others will be structured like a game of capture the flag or, conversely, a manic free-for-all.
Teams start in each Dallas Cowboys end zone and take off toward the battlefield at the sound of an air horn. Guynes has dozens of referees who will help moderate the competitions.
There will also be guest appearances from famous Nerf YouTubers. (Yes, that's a thing.)
Attendees must bring their own toy weapons and ammo, and those ages 18 and younger are required to bring protective eye wear.
Tickets are currently on sale for $20, but will increase in price as more are purchased. Guynes expects more than 3,000 people to partake in the battle. Entry includes a free self-guided tour of the stadium. Parking for the event will also be free. Visit epicnerfbattle.com for more information.