There aren’t any extremely close fields nearby—I don’t think. The closest would be Lethbridge or Calgary (that is if you want to call Calgary close). I think there is actually another field near Seven Persons, but I have yet to play there. It's only a rumor to me at this point.
I usually play bushball, but when we don’t have enough people to play out in the woods—I’ll go out into the field and play with some friends.
I’ve been there on several occasions; basically some guy in a robe with messy hair runs the place. You usually will have to call in advance to book an appointment, as he simply runs it out of his backyard.
You can stop by without an appointment; I know that after a wedding we stopped by there to look at the markers he has for sale, and also to buy some paint—and he was home at the time and welcomed us into the shop he has set up in his garage.
Basically, if you’re going to play out there—you’ll head out there with your party, then go into his garage, get suited up, he’ll brief you on the safety precautions of the field; unless of course he knows that you’re familiar with them.
From there you’ll head out into his backyard, he has three fields—one which is more of a urban setting, with plywood structures set up. It’s pretty large, and is probably one of the best fields.
The next field is a speedball field, exactly as you would expect—just a bunch of inflatable structures to hide behind pretty simple, nothing special.
The third is pretty much a bunch of garbage piled onto a field, he has some barriers set up which are steel to hide behind, and some tires too which have been thrown out into the field. Everything is set up fairly strategic, good for CTF games.
That being said, he really doesn’t keep up the maintance on some of the fields, the garbage-pile type of field is disgusting, as there are a bunch of giant weeds around the field, and no real fences to set up to set boundaries for the games, except in-between the different areas.
There are a lot of really tall thorny weeds which are native to this area which have began to sprout up around the field, I don’t know if perhaps he had fixed this problem as of this season, but last season I went out there it was awful—you would mostly end up getting thorns stuck on your pants and socks, it was definitely annoying.
Basically, it’s a new field, so it’s still growing—and that’s evident. As I believe he had just opened the speed-ball area a little while ago, apart from that I can’t really comment on the prices for anything, as I’ve never bought from there. I know that you’re better off to go to another store or arena in one of the larger cities, such as Lethbridge or Calgary to buy a marker.
My friend bought a Piranha from him, and he’s satisfied with it. I think he paid a fair price too, not to sharp. Basically it all depends on what you’re buying and on the price, he won’t try to rip you off (as you can tell by his prices) but there are no REAL bargains.
Of course, as suspected—you can buy CO2 and Paint from the field, as well as rent equipment. All of which you can rent from a small trailer he has set up on the field, which makes it convenient.
For the most part, his problem is with his lack of staff, and the upkeep of his fields. They’re all in fair condition, but perhaps he should set up some boundaries around the outsides of the fields, as I do believe there are only boundaries on the speed-ball field, as it is in-between the two others. Also as I said before, the thorny annoying weeds on the field can really ruin your day, but there not any where near the fields, just kind of on the out-skirts of them.
The owner is friendly too, usually his staff (who from what I understand, aren’t regular, and pretty much volunteer their time) are friendly as well, and helpful. If you’re near the Medicine Hat area, or around the outskirts, and you want to play speedball or paintball in a urban-type of setting, this is a good place to go.
But with so many nice bush areas near Medicine Hat, it’s better to just go buy some paint and go out with your friends over the weekend and play in the bush, as it’s A) cheaper and B) for the most part much more enjoyable.
Last edited on Monday, May 30th, 2005 at 5:45 pm PST