Hurricane PB Park was a great field before SAS took over as the new Management team. you had a great time every Saturday for the kids and walk-ons. and Sunday was more for the Exp/Team minded player. The prices to play and rent guns (tippman mostly)were cheap and the people reasonable. There was not much for any thrills except for different games throughout the day. the refs did their job and not much happened as far as advancement to the park except the real hurricane that messed things up a bit (it's Florida, things like that happen). Now the city has the park under new management (this happens every 2 years, solicitations are at demandstar.com from the city, if you think u can do a better job next time).
Now SAS (Slat Action Sports) won the contract for the next 2 yrs. I have watched this operation from the start ( about 2 weeks now). First the prices have decrease for adults dropped from $12 to $10 per day. the air cost are radiatively the same. The cost for Kids has increase from $8 to $10 per day, and the rest as far as cost stays the same. The biggest difference between the two difference management companies are that SAS not only talks a good game but backs it up with the efforts to grow this field. I see the guys out there cutting trees back or down from storms that happened over 14 months ago and is opening the whole field up to enjoy and experience, sure there will be speed ball and woods ball play as well (this place is big enough for all to play both and never cross paths throughout the day. I can't say enough about the Ref staff. they really watch out for the younger players (Moms and Dads) My sons are 9 and 12 yrs old and play with me but not next to me. The 280fps is taken very seriously by all, last Saturday I played and saw a kid (about 12-14 yrs old) playing with his adjustment to the gun while the refs were giving the pregame instructions to all players. I mentioned this to a ref and without letting the kid know that someone saw him play with the adjustment, 2 refs very politely asked the kid for his gun to recheck it on the chrono before the game and handled this issue as if they were child psychologist and everyone was happy (Name another field that does that and handles kids like that?). Before the horn blows on every game the ref's randomly rechecks 5 players with a portable Chrono to check there speeds and will ask any player that is over to sit out that game (if it happens twice that day then come back tomorrow policy), and if there is a small kid that I don't want to tag because the kids in the wrong place with the big boys at the moment, the ref will rescue the kid and get him out of there before he has nightmares from the experience.
As for the efforts of the SAS management to get this park on the map. I just can't say enough about the effort and true concern that everyone in the SAS organization has to this goal. This park is going places thanks to General Chester and Splat Action Sports. And good job to the City of Palm Bay for picking SAS for the next two years.