I had played about a half a dozen times several years ago when I lived in Colorado. I just got my own marker, and started back into it last week. So I consider myself a newb.
First, I'd like to comment on the quality of the people who seem to congregate at the field. We had a total of about 25 people playing and they were all very nice. It made playing the games w/virtual strangers a lot of fun. Everyone was very friendly and I felt pretty comfortable.
Ok, now the review in ernest. The field setup is cool in principle, but I agree w/the comments of another earlier that a few bucks, and the place would be a class field. I know I don't have a lot of exp, and perhaps this is the way paintball fields are, but I wouldn't call single plywood sheets comming apart from the support posts w/rusty nails exposed as quality. Replace the rotting plywood sheets w/barrels or at least new pieces of plywood would go a long way. The refs were ok . The were friendly enough, but too many people were walking around the "neutral" ground w/o barrel plugs or condoms. Some people were even "testing" their guns by firing them from the neutral zone area into the playing field. The neutral area is also directly behind the playing area and isn't offset nor shielded by any netting or barriers so a "stray" shot could easily find it's way to the neutral zone. I would caution that you have to be much more proactive in your own safety precautions. Don't rely entirely on the refs or the field setup to protect your safety. The refs also could have kept the games moving more. It seemed that we would wait for people to go get more paint or air from the store instead of just playing and letting them catch the next round. The tower that has been mentioned in other reviews is in great physical condition and seemed very solid. Also, the barricades are angled so you can't just hide behind one the entire time. You or your opponents can advance and easily catch you in a cross fire. This design helps move the games forward as it forces you to move around finding the best cover for that moment then moving to another barricade before someone takes you on your flank. Very smart design. I enjoyed myself very much at this field, but earnestly believe that it's more a "diamond in the rough". It has awsome potential, hopefully the owners will be able to upgrade and impove it so it can live up to it's full potential.
I don't know what the "going rate" is for field use, but I was charged $20.00. That included 'all day air' (which was one refill on my way out when I fininished for the day), and 200 rounds. I had my own equipment, so I didn't need to rent anything. I thought $20 was pretty steep and wondered if I was mischarged since someone else mentioned a $7.00 field fee.
If you go to this field, you will have a good time. If they fixed things up a little you could have a great time.
EDIT: 1-8-05 They have done much better about the ref'ing. The refs are much more dilligent about enforcing the barrel plug rule. Some of the "bunkers" have been repaired...that is to say they have been nailed back on their support posts, and are not pulling away. The crowds seem to be getting bigger and bigger, which is a good thing. Having a blast and making friends. The are resonable on their paint, only a few bucks more than Wally world, but better quality. The $20 fee i believe is still stiff, and puts a serious cramp in how much i can play due to other obligations like the mortgage....lol. Some sort of break for your own equipment would be grand. Getting charged $20 just to use my own equipment on their property....I dunno. I'd almost rather buy an extra 1000 rounds instead and play woodsball in my backyard w/some buddies. Some sort of "membership" or club that you can pay upfront for and get reduced fees or something would be ideal.
Edit 2-14-07: They have made significant improvements to the field. Better bunkers, more fields have opened up, new Xball/Speedball Bunkers. That's just the facilities improvements. They have also improved safety. They enforce the safety waiver, all markers are chrono'd before you're allowed to leave the "proshop" and head to the field. The refs are much more diligent, and there is safety netting around the various spectator/deadbox areas. If you were disappointed in the past, you might want to give them another try, if you liked them before but its been a while you might want to dust off that Spyder and blow off the yard work for just one day. Increased rating from 7 to 8 in light of the added improvements.
Last edited on Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 at 6:17 am PST