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ectoblaster Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: April 2nd, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
only outlaw fields, avocado farms, abandoned/unkept rail road tracks.
Review: This is a very nice field, 2 woods, an airball, hyperball, and a lego. Other than the sand, physically the place is very nice and pretty well kept. I would have to say it's the BEST field in south Florida. Now the staff on the other hand, just a bunch of lazy bums. Honestly to get a ref is an enormous mission (thankfully we met some regulars who did most of the haggling) and to get a ref to actually pay attention in a game is ridiculous. I noticed most of the reviews note this as well. Paint is 60 dollars for some pretty low grade field paint, thankfully my barrel (stock prostock 05 barrel) was .690 because it was breaking quite often for others as it was pretty large. I brought 3 other coworkers who had never played paintball. Their rentals were garbage, not sure what they were but they weren't spyder quality which is what I would expect at the minimum. If anybody knows what they are please comment. Two of my coworkers lost their barrel socks so they got yelled at, and then were forced to purchase 2 for 5 dollars each, which went back to the field after they returned their rentals... not very customer friendly considering the ref will just go and pick them back up...
-we were never told/forced to chrony
-there was no real way of telling who was on what team
-no team balance whatsoever
-if there are party's don't plan on playing very often. you get kicked off benches and will have a very tough time getting a field.
-I was personally told not to shoot in between the cracks of the logs stacked as bunkers... because my "mask has to be visible." later with another ref many people were doing it with no penalty.
-no CTF only elim

I watched this event unfold- I was behind a guy getting a drink at the machines. the machine eats his dollar and he smacks the machine with his fist. out of nowhere this old man comes and shoves him back and starts yelling him in spanish about breaking the machine. the guy replies in spanish that he won't hit the machine but for the old man not to touch him. the belligerent old man replies shouting about the machine and flailing his arms and the guy is a little surprised and just tells him there's not a problem with not hitting the machine but for the old man not to touch him... this goes back and forth for several more times when the employees run up saying "poppa poppa" trying to calm the old man down while i thought another was going to punch the other guy. I later heard from a dude that the old man who appears to have Parkinson's is the field owners father... needless to say we were pretty surprised.

I personally wouldn't mind spending 60 dollars a case plus 10 dollars admission with only 5 air refills, because as I said there's a variety of nice fields, which IMO is worth the money spent... however the experience is ruined with lazy staff. We met maybe 2 decent referees. Any business that treats it's customers by ripping them off (shoddy paint, 10 dollars lost for the stupid barrel socks) and then not even taking care of them (lazy refs, awkward confrontation with "Poppa") shouldn't last very long, but when 90% of the customers are 15 or under they can get away with those type of things. Thankfully my coworkers overall enjoyed themselves and would like to continue playing in the future. I'm giving it a 3 even though it's got a great field because the field is nothing without a good customer interaction.

 

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