The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
November 19th, 2005
Other Fields in the Area:
Poso Creek - very poor customer service
Mr. Paintball, San Diego area - good outdoor field
I am new to paintball, I have only been playing for about 3 months. A couple years ago I was going to get into it and went out to Poso Creek to play my first time. A woman was working their who was very rude and had a bad attitude all the way around, so I just left. I am the type who if I get bad service at a chain restaurant, i wont eat there again, or any other of the restaurant with the same name again..... Ever. But i digress. Anyway my 11 year old son is into paintball and asked me to go with him to Mr. paintball in Escondido for his B-Day. I did begrudgingly and left that day hooked. When I came back to Bako I immediately went down to Gorilla with my cousin (whom had never played) and told him how much fun it was. The guys at Gorilla were very patient with us newbies and talked our ears off. We ended up renting and staying until closing. Upon leaving the ref (Gary) shook our hands and told us we were very good for beginners and very aggressive. I dont know if he was blowin smoke or what but It made me keep comin back! My cousin is now hooked and the proud owner of an Angel Speed. My weapon of choice is a WGP Trilogy Autococker.
I think it is important to note to anyone reading this review that good customer service goes a long way and these guys have excellent customer service.
About the field: This place is a huge wharehouse that was used to take freight off trains and move it onto big-rigs. The building itself has climate control systems, and if you take a look above you it has very good insulation and lighting. Some think the lighting is a bit dim in parts of the bigger field, but i think it is appropriate to keep one corner dim. There is also a smaller field that is crowded with bunkers, enabling a player to advance pretty far up with good cover. They have the two fields right now and you can tell they are adding a third in the near future. The atmosphere is laid back and kinda feels like a guys garage where u can kick back and watch some TV between games, chat with the beautiful women who have kids or boyfriends on the field or service your marker. They have a service shop with certified airsmiths, lotsa rental Tippmann custom 98's. They have snacks and drinks in a big Ice chest, although i pack a couple meals and bring my food with me. You can also have food delivered if u like.
The people, staff and players alike are all pretty friendly and easy going. I have struck up conversations with people and everyone is pretty amiable.
The reffing is really good. They dont try to split hairs like u r in a tournament, but they are very strict on safety and dont let cheaters cheat.
The equipment is in great shape. No leaking bunkers, clean fields. All safety netting is intact.
Possible future upgrades i think should include a meeting/party room with decorations, maybe a party planner on staff. Having a roach coach come by or some kind of concession stand would be great. Selling Gatorade in 32 oz bottles and Powerbars or fig newtons would also net them a huge profit. Also a chrono booth of longer range and the ability to try before you buy would be cool.
Although I am new to this sport I know customer service and attention to detail, and this place has it in spades. I highly recommend this place to anyone with even the slightest interest in paintball. They got it goin' on!
I absolutely love this place and am giving it a nine because what they have is great, but i do look forward to future improvements to the facility and ammenities. If i gave them a 10 then there would be no room for improvement!
Poso is a great field. Read its reviews. That crap about poso is just that, crap. Poso seriously has THE BEST customer sevice I have ever seen, weather it's at a paintball field or anywhere else. I think this guy is crazy.
hey phated i dont know if u noticed he said he went to poso a long time ago so i'd could have been crappy service but yes they have improved and dont say u have been there a long time ago cuz u havent been playing for to long cuz i met u once