First of all let me say that I used this field once on Mother’s Day of 2003 and was not impressed. Then I went back in December and was blown away with how much the place had been improved. When I went on Mother’s Day the woods field was all that I played. It was run down and unkempt. There was debris from the ice storm that we NC’ers remember, strewn all around the field. It was in my opinion dangerous due to the fallen limbs littering the playing area. There were no defined boundaries, and I was not fond of it, to say the least. The chronograph didn’t work because of a low battery and was unused. The proshop was sufficient for most players needs. I used to be the field manager of FunWerks’ field and know how difficult it is to keep a field fresh and exciting. I went to Predator after FunWerks’ parent company Werks Inc. went bankrupt expecting to find the same shabby woods field. Upon returning Al, the owner, had done a truly great job with the place. The woods field was cleaned up and revamped with mounds comparable to earthworks running around it to give great coverage. The debris had been removed, and a new field had been put together, “Attack and Defend”. The speedball fields are fun to play on, giving a great change of pace to me, a woodsballer at heart. When you decide to give this field a play, you must play the “Junkyard” with the maze. It offers a new challenge to most of us without formal military/police training. In the maze you traverse a mock building, not knowing what to expect around the corner. Al is a likable guy willing to offer advice on problems that you may encounter with your marker. The ref’s are enjoyable characters with a genuine love of the sport. When I go, I and a couple of my friends are usually the last ones to leave, but never feel pressured to get out of there. As far as the other reviews I have read, I have not seen any of the cheating on the parts of the refs, by telling friends where an opponent is. I would confirm that the netting is able to blow up, exposing the observers to a possible paintball in the legs. The ref’s aren’t as on top of players taking the masks off on the field as I would hope, but still do a good job. The chronograph is not monitored by any employees, and most players don’t bother checking their speed – a fault of players more than staff. The food and drinks available are tasty and inexpensive. For $10 you can play all day, $5 field fee and $5 bring your own paint fee. The field is run competently and safely. Overall a great place to spend a day fulfilling your paintball fix. If you are there ask for Dan the Asian :-) and tell him you heard about the place on pbreview.com! I am giving it a 10 because they deserve higher than a 6.6 average on the main screen. Overall I give them a 9!
Last edited on Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at 2:11 pm PST