Flagraiders - Great field, give it a try! (My summer field, outdoors, so no comparison)
Paintball City - Another great field (My winter field, Indoor)
Renegade Guelph - (indoor)
I have a have been a long time Paintball city fan. So most of my comparison will be in relation to Paintball city.
The (new) Paintball Arena is shaping up to be a solid field.
At the time I played it was a slow night, so I hard the opportunity to get a good look at the field, & staging area.
On the field my overall impression is a positive one. Some of the props are not built, but what they do have matches the clientele they are targeting, which is the beginner or young player. The props are laid out to be fun, but not confusing or intimidating, there are enough sightlines and angles to keep it interesting without overwhelming the newer player. Once the field is complete with the addition of a possible second level to the castle, and any kind of structure in the back corner, it should become a great field for the beginner player.
I keep referring to the field being set up for the "beginner" player, this is mostly because of the field rules more than the field props. The filed has a few rules which are a little weird.
1) No or avoid head shots - Ok sure but s**t happens and if your playing properly, all that should be exposed would be your head and gun...or am I wrong? Maybe they should make the JT headshot goggles system a rental option…!?
2)They have and enforced surrender rule within 10 feet. Who ever yells it first get the other out, and the refs enforce this. OK, luckily the night we played this was not abused, but on a busy night I foresee a few arguments over this rule.
3)If your actions (shot) causes another player to sit out (I assume due to low pain threshold), you sit out with him! Now I'm no paintball god, and I play a pump, but I tagged a kid in the butt with a single shot from about 20 to 25 feet, and he sat out the next game. Luckily I was not asked to sit out with him or this review might have been a little different. But I consider this rule a little stupid! Even if it does match the clientele they are targeting.
Finally the staff, staging area, and cost.
-The staff was great, friendly and worked hard to make my night great. (But really young, or I'm getting old.) 10 out of 10 on staff!
-Staging area was 'holy crap' huge and clean, and comfy. Two level, lots of tables, and lots of windows. Great! 10 out of 10
-The cost was no more or less than other fields, the measure of paintballs you get is a little strange (but justified). The only thing I suggest is cheap night(s). Paintball city has half price night on their slow nights, which is the only time I play. 6 out of 10 (nothing good or bad)
If you want to try out paintball and not get you’re a** handed to you, this is the place. Other fields make new player feel welcome and comfortable, but these guy’s n gals really go out of their way for the new or younger player. Unfortunately I think they may be alienating some of the more advanced players in the process.
1) The actual rule states : Avoid head shots unless that's all they're giving you for a target.
I don't think head shots are a problem, I've never seen a player reprimanded for hit a guy in the head. Most good players only get hit in the head, marker or hands ... even at this "easy" field. I think it's just a rule to increase awareness and safety.
2) The 10' ft. automatic out rule works. As far as I've seen. The rule works. In the outdoors, I've always hated yelling surrender to a guy and having him turn and put 3 into me point-blank. ( I'm the nice guy ... and get shot for it ) I find the automatic rule... totally clean.
3) If you hit a player and he wants to sit out (cause of pain) you NEVER have to sit with them. That would be silly. Even by the Paintball Arena's standards.
Only if you break the point blank 10' rule and shoot someone close range is there some responsiblity.
There is rule that states : If you shoot someone that is UNDER ten feet away .... THEN you will have to sit... if they decide to miss a game.
That rule is what they call "the umbilical cord" rule.
Nice to see a pump guy around. come out on Friday. They have 1/2 price paint.
Good crew of players and some of us use pumps.
AND.... They have 250 speed on Friday AND point blank bunkering allowed in the speedball area. :)