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big-bore Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 17th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
Haven't played at any other fields yet.
Directions
to the Field:
Make sure you know where it's at !!! The entrance to the parking lot is not very well marked and both times we drove there on that day we almost blew past it .... could be dangerous if you try to squeeze in and still go to fast :-)
Review: Well, given that I don't have any previous experience I can only give a limited view of what I experienced on that day.
We were there on a Saturday afternoon (super hot day) with a private party of about 25 - 27 people.
Some of the players had been there before and some of us, like me, were complete n00bs to the sport.

I have to say, given my limited experience, that the field rocked and the referees absolutely ruled and the rental equipment is very well maintained and clean.
We were supposed to start at 2pm, but for some reason there was a miscommunication and we ended up having to wait until 3, because all the refs were on break, not a biggy.
We got a good deal on the paint, because we were able to purchase it at $39.99 per case at the store because they had an overstock deal going on. Paint was great and I had only a few break, but I think that was more because I got the gun wet a little when I washed some of the paint off, than being a paint or equipment issue.
Rental equipment is a Tippman 98 and a good enough mask. CO2 Refills are free, and if you bring your own gun you can get their tanks free for the day and refills are free all day as well.

The facilities are all clean and well maintained. They have plenty of fill stations that you can fill their tanks at yourself (no waiting in line here). There is two registration windows and the girls ( real pretty ;-) ) do a good job registering and giving out the equipment.
The clocking station is good and they put a sticker on all markers that are inspected.
I think they should put the sticker over the adjusting screws though, so they can prevent screwing around with those. I think some of the kids in our group with their own guns cranked them back up after clocking (damn them ;-) got some monster welts).
The outhouses were clean as well and the cleaning station was great as well.
What totally rocked was that they had a big semi truck and trailer there with their pro shop in it. Huge thing and they had everything you need too.

We got 8 or 9 games out of the 3 hours we played. We played on three of the fields, capture the flag scenarios on two different woods fields and a total elimination in the city field (I had the most fun there).

The refs did a great job getting us n00bs set up and also gave some great tactical advice. I ended up getting blown out of the CTF games really early, and managed to stay long and eliminate quite some players on the city field. That gave me plenty of opportunity to see how the refs did their job, and they did good. They paid very much attention to safety (don't take your mask off until you passed the safety mark !!!) and they are no slackers when it comes to paintchecks, etc. either.
I read in some reviews of other fields that this is a problem, but nothing of that nature here.
The guys are very motivated and very impartial (at least in our private party). Hope it's the same in general play.

So, the experience at the field and with the sport was so great that I just got my own marker and will start playing as often as I can.

I only give the field a 9 out of 10 because I haven't seen anything else that I can compare to. I hope the guys from the field see this review and keep up the good work and maybe put a bigger and better visible sign at the parking lot entrance.
Referees ... nice job!

The only bad thing I did see, was that there were some real idiots that apparently did get thrown out of the general play. They ended up taking off in their Blazer with spinning wheels, rocks flying everywhere ... but I think one of the refs got their plate, so they'll be getting a visit by the cops for sure.
 

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