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RedMonkey Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: July 2nd, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I've played a few other fields in the area, but don't care to name them because there's nothing that compares to the Battlefront experience.
Directions
to the Field:
Available on the field's website... very easy to get to.
Review: First off, let me tell you a little about the field. The field used to be an old gunpowder facility that was basically reduced to structural ruins. Once the guys from Battlefront got in there and cleared away some of the brush that grew into the building ruins over the years, what you are left with is a phenomenal "urban" playing field in the ruins. For someone to create this atmosphere from scratch would cost a fortune for a contractor to build, and still wouldn't have that aged look that makes Battlefront such a great atmosphere.

Add to this the new construction they have added with 2 story towers (a third story one one is planned!) , bunkers, sandbags, 55 gallon drums of "petrol," tubes, REAL flags, and a LARGE wooded area surrounding the ruins, and you have a perfect combination of woods-ball, scenario, and close quarters combat.

More than anything else, what makes Battlefront a truly great place to play is the customer service and attitude of the staff and owners. The refs are very clear with the rules, very open to suggestions for improvement, and have several great scenarios to play throughout the day. The same old capture the flag can get a little old, but with the size of Battlefront, and the variation in games, each round presents a new challenge and keeps you on your toes at all times.

Safety is always a concern, with reminders to put barrel sleeves on after every game, and to make sure protective masks are in place when guns go hot.

Prices are great compared to other fields I've played at. The field fee, and air are comparable in price, but where you really have options is in the paint. Battlefront offers three different prices and qualities of paint. For people like me, who shoot a lot in a suppressive fire role, it really adds up to being a lot easier on the wallet to not have to spend so much on paint that doesn't need to be highest quality to accomplish what you need to do. Even still, the lower and mid grade paint levels are still a much higher quality that I expected, which makes it that much better when playing.

This was my second time at this field, with the first time being about 5 weeks ago. Whereas other fields tend to be the same from month to month and year to year, the improvements in five weeks were noticeable at Battlefront. These guys are always improving, updating, and expanding the playing area. New this time was a perch in one of the ruins to get a better view of the North side of the field, and a new, full service concession building with hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, and other snacks. They even have a trailer that someone drives up to the registration area that serves as a Pro Shop where you can purchase new items. It's really a full service field, and from what I understand, a campground is being planned in property immediately adjacent to the field, so this will really be a destination spot for weekend paintballers.

From registration, to chrono, to purchasing supplies, to playing, everything is well organized and well managed at Battlefront. If you've never been to the field, you are really missing out on a great day of paintball like you've never experienced before. If there was an 11 rating available for this field, they would get it! Thanks for the great time. My crew and I will be back to visit you guys soon!

 

Review Comments
ringneck27 Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 | 5:13 am PST
Red,

Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed playing. It makes all the work we are putting into field improvments really worthwhile. We are planning a few more suprises for our July 15th anniversay event, including bringing the concrete structures at the far western end of the field into play.(almost no one has even seen this part of the field) If enough players show up, our first ever two-front battle should be a blast.

Thanks again,

DJB
   

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