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trooper_420 Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I have not played other fields in this area. I hope this one is not the norm for the area, or maybe just a bad day.....
Review: To be completely fair, I didn't even actually proceed with playing at the field.....

I am from Atlanta, GA. A few good friends of mine live in the St Petersburg area and play paintball. This field came recommended by one of them who used to play there I am guessing.....My friend and I arrived at the field and were instantly concerned. There was a very large pile of trash boxes right near the parking lot. Not even getting into the health hazard, but what a sight to see when you are just arriving.

We were also alarmed to see that the field was very poorly maintained. Well let me take that back. The field that the people were playing on that day was poorly maintained. The grass/weeds/piles of half decomposed former bunkers were at least knee high. The spools and wooden bunkers that were left on the field were one bump away from falling into heaps resembling their former accompaniment.

There was a hyperball style field with "french drain" plastic bunkers that looked almost decent other than the poor drainage and obvious water erosion. It had been raining pretty heavily the past few weeks according to my local buddy, so that was probably why that field wasn't being played on. I imagine that also accounted for the pile of airball bunkers deflated on the ground beside what appeared to be the most well maintained and manicured field. ( this kinda made me wonder though...why was one field so well maintained and the other so trashy? )

We stood near the field to watch a game or two before we started. In a moment we were having to duck rogue paintballs getting through the rather large breeches in the net. The middle of two parts was barely sewed together, and not at all in some places. Leaving many spectators and a great deal of the parking lot open to damage..We actually had to move my buddies car to avoid damage to it
.As I mentioned before the grass and weeds were quite overgrown, possibly due to the rain? but it concerned me what critters could have been lurking....
...anyway, we watched the game for a moment. There were about 15-20 players on the field with what appeared to be 2 refs. It was nearing the end of the game and both refs were near the side that was loosing the game. One of the players was struck and was called out by the refs. He walks about 3 steps away, still well in the action with many paintballs flying at and around him. He takes his mask completely off and continues his dead man walk over halfway the distance of one side of the field without a single word from a ref, or any other experienced player or spectator !

At that moment we both looked straight at one another and shook our heads walking to the car. I have played paintball for over 7 years. In all that time I have only seen one game have such blatant disregard for the safety of the players and spectators, and it was a renegade game in a backyard....

My friend tells me that many paintball venues in Florida are falling victim to rising real estate costs, bringing expenses beyond profit for many fields, good and bad alike. I imagine that if this in the norm for this place then that will not play in its demise....

Its a easy place to find. Its got great location, and no competition at all. I hope that this is not the way it always runs. I would like to think not. It would have been great to play there, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone after the initial experience.
 

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