Wacky Warriors - shorter air lines, not very good refs, short time between games
I would first say that this field is another decent one, but in my opinion is hyped.
Between open play games, there is about a 20-30 minute wait. The air line was actually so long that I missed a game while waiting in the air line.
As said earlier, they are the only ones who play a multiple-hit format. The real reason for this is to get players to spend more on the field paint.
It's pretty ridiculous when you play a 15 to 20 min. game and then wait for 20 to 30 min. I only played 3 games before running out of my 750 or so rounds of paint.
Also, the field staff filling the air is very unfriendly, at least to me. I had a threadsaver on my tank. The guy took the tank and just gave me it back without the cap. I waited another 5 min. to tell him and then another 10 min. for them to find the cap the idiot dropped. Then i get yelled at that it's my fault that the cap was on. I would have been happier had he given me the tank w/ cap on and asked me to take the cap off first.
Still, I gave this field an average rating. It's a good place if you're going to be practicing or playing in a tournament as a team, but it is still way overrated with all the hype. EDIT: The fields still are good though design wise and the paint prices aren't a ripoff like Wacky Warriors ($80 a case @ Wacky, $60 at Gateway).
Last edited on Saturday, January 15th, 2005 at 1:02 pm PST
The air lines are long, but the guys there are friendly I don't know what your talking about. And the open play may be a little bit slow, but most what you call "hype" at this field is the teams that play there. Just about every good team in the STL area plays at Gateway Paintball.
Yes, that's true, every good team plays at Gateway because the place is catered towards tournament teams and has good fields, it's just my experience there that led to a lower rating than normal.
And about the unfriendliness, it only applied to whoever was filling CO2 at the time. The ref that was there was good, but I just don't feel happy when I, as a customer, am treated like I know absolutely nothing when I'm told by CO2 fill person that my cap shouldn't be on when I give it. IMHO, if he didn't want it on, he should have just handed back the tank and asked me to take it off instead of dropping the cap and having all of the staff have to search for it in the trailer.
Are you a tournament player? If so, that may be why they are friendlier to you. If not, then maybe I just didn't have the sense to take off a cap before taking the tank to get filled.
Either way, I accept your criticism of my review and I do plan to watch a tournament there to see if their tourneys are as good as everyone says.