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jungleman Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: August 5th, 2006
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Blast Camp Blast camp did have more/better fields. However, considering that Blast Camp has been around much longer and happens to be located on an old nike missile base,(lots of cool buildings) its not in quite the same league.
to the Field:
From Valpo, take Cambell North past Rogers Lakewood park and keep going. You will eventually see it on the left(West) side of the road. This place is also a ski area so don't think you are at the wrong place when you drive in!
Oh, and at some point, Cambell becomes Meridian.
Review: Safety: the normal, masks, barrel plugs/covers, A staff member makes sure everyone chronos and watches to make sure no one is running hot. The refs also carry those little portable ones.
Fields:here is one netted in airball field near the staging area that is spectator friendly. There are also two woodsball fields. These were pretty fun. One had a large ravine that was hard to traverse. The other I liked better. It was more just hilly. I think they need some bunkers and flag stations. Since it was opening day, we literally played the first game ever played on these fields. I think they would be more fun when more people are there(the woodsball was 3 on 3 cause there wasn't many people there(it was opening day)) I also think they will improve these fields. They all gave us comment cards and we all said that they needed a bit more to them.
I believe there was another field but we didn't get around to playing it.
I think it was like 10-8 on sat, 10-6 sun, and 3-8 weeknights. I don't remember exactly. To be safe I would call and ask.
Staff/Refs: Everyone was nice and helpful. No grouches here.
Facilities: There is a decent food counter and lots of inside tables to eat it. (the ski lodge) They also have bathrooms, Co2 fills, and an conditioned staging area/shop. They sell paint, rent the standard 98 package and also sell masks, barrel covers and the like. They may add HPA fills too.
Prices: EDIT-8/27/06: I recieved an email back from the pines. A website is on the way(their webmaster is slow)and the best news of all! The field is now BYOP!!!!!!! They also sell paint for 60$ a case(prob still pmi premiums, idk.) Admission-$15 Rental-15$

Conclusion: Not exactly the most top notch as far as playing area goes but the other facilities are nice. I think they will improve as more people find out about it and time passes. Considering they just opened, I think they are great.
I love the fact its in my own town and I would really love to see this place succeed. It has been a ski area for a long time. They are also now offering an alpine slide,(try it, its fun!) mountain bike trails ,and some other stuff with more on the way. I heard they may, in the future, even add indoor speedball, an overnight lodge, and an ice skating rink.

I encourage you to go give them some business and tell your friends. And by all means, don't bash them in reviews, they are new and they deserve to succeed!
EDIT-8/27: Because of the recent adoption of a BYOP policy, The overall rating goes from an 8 to a 9! I have a tight budget and that really changes how much I will get to play. Having a cheap, local field will allow me to play far more than I ever could before.
Last edited on Sunday, August 27th, 2006 at 5:01 pm PST

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