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iconoclast Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 1st, 2006
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
None in this area
Review: I went down to Houston for the weekend for some family stuff, and decided to bring my marker to play with my friend here. It was the best part of my weekend!

Here's my review, broken down into sections:

Parking: Pretty small parking lot, shared with a convenience store whose owner will not let you park there. But there's additional parking out back; it's not a long walk.

Pro shop: I didn't buy anything there, but they had the one of the largest selections I have ever seen. Prices are fair, and the techs are pretty helpful. Never a line for CO2 fills, and there was always someone there to fill your tank immediately. Air fills were do-it-yourself in the player's area.

Snack bar: Pretty much your standard snack bar: hot dogs, nachos, candy, chips, instant noodles, drinks. Good prices, but nothing outstanding here. Noticed an Xbox in the corner of the Player's Lounge.

Fields: There are 5 fields here, X-ball, Airball, NPPL, another smaller airball field (I think, I never got to play it), and a huge hyperball field which can actually be played as 3 smaller hyperball fields.

Bunkers were all properly inflated and staked down, except on the NPPL field. Of course, this field was BRAND NEW, and we were lucky enough to be the first people to play on it. The hyperball field was my favorite, as the games laster longer on the huge field.

The rest of the fields were pretty standard. My only complaint here is that on the NPPL field, the dead boxes are pretty low walls (maybe 5 feet high), and I actually got hit more times while standing here than while playing. Me and some other players took some nasty head, neck, and hand shots while waiting for a game to end. I'd suggest leaving the field or standing on the tape if you get out early.

Unfortunately, it stormed pretty bad while we were there, so we couldn't play for maybe 40 minutes. When we came back, the fields were pretty soaked, with plenty of muddy spots and tons of puddles which made running, sliding, and overall playing difficult. But that's ok, because we still got to play, and it got to be pretty fun. They were cool and let us play, some fields I've been to won't even let us play after rain, cause it tears up the ground and creates holes which could later twist some ankles.

Refs: There were 2 or 3 private groups there, so the refs were stretched pretty thin, with only one ref per field. I don't know if this is standard, but my home field usually has 5 or more refs. It prevents wiping, but we got along fine with our one ref. Open rec games were called pretty close to one another, so I feel that I got my money's worth.

Prices: $20 field fee, includes all day air (bring your own gear), another $5 to BYOP. A little steep, but eh. It's not the worse.

Overall: I definitely plan on returning. The fields, facilities, and staff were great. I had a hell of a time, keep up the good work guys.

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