None. I've been planning to go to Bear Creek in Milpitas (which I hear is similar), but so far, have just stuck here.
Directions to the Field:
At the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. If you stay on Monterey Road towards the fairgrounds, you will eventually hit it. You cant miss it, it has a big banner outside that says "PAINTBALL". Other than that, use GPS, or yahoo.
I have been going to SCP since I started paintballing. Although it may not be the best (i have no point of comparisons), I still love going here.
-Do not allow staining paint, so you can keep your jerseys/shirts clean and stain free
-Special Fields that seperate experienced players from the beginners.
-Big fields, many fields, and a variety of fields. Each one has its strong and weak points that keeps your strategy sharp.
-BYOP! No need to buy theirs, bring your own (as long as it isnt one of the forbidden paint) and fire away.
-Continuous cycle of games. One game ends, and the next begins just like that. (of course you have to switch sides first, but thats practically the only delay)
-Refs do their jobs. They check paint, they call out people who are tagged, MAKE SURE THERE IS NO FOUL LANGUAGE, and they are very nice to beginners. (Gave me my own orientation first time I went there, and helped me fill tank when I had no idea how to operate the fill system. and they do the C02 for you)
-Night games which are awesome.
-Admission is at reasonable prices.
-Refs who help with chrono usually try to give you the max of 275.
-Players are nice (most of the time). One let me use his ion when he was out of paint, so that was cool.
-Nice cold gatorade right there when you need it.
-Hours of operation are reasonable (usually 3 hour intervals)
-BIG ON SAFETY. They will stop you dead in your tracks if you are walking around without a barrel condom, or barrel plug. (they usually check you before you leave the field, in case you forget)
-Spray bottles and towels there for your convinience.
-You can ask for a one on with someone, and the ref will usually give you the chance.
-Time Flies here
-Beginners get Tippmann 98 custom's (standard rental marker) and have a lower fps(not drastic, just lower) so they dont freak out too much about getting hit.
-Beginners get to go onto intermediate field if they want to (not vice versa: intermediate can't go into beginners)
-As said before ,You never feel unsafe here (seriously, i have to say it twice because they are so big on it)
-Many fields, different bunker layouts
-Castle Field which is the most baller (pun intended) field for CTF. CHARGE!
-I've never actually tried the food there, but they one time gave out pizza for free, so hopefully they do that again when you are there. Cons
-Certain paint are forbidden (usually staining paint, but its usually not a problem). There paint is expensive
-No grass. It's a dirt field. If you like to slide, you will either 1)Rip your pants, or 2) Have very dirty pants at the end of the day.
-Wait time in between the morning and afternoon sessions (could be bad if you are crazy like me and dont like to wait). Sometimes 3 hours isnt good enough.
-One lady (im not sure if she is still there) at the check in counter has a really bad attitude. I never liked her. There is a new girl there who seems nice, but the other one was just rude.
-In the winter, the field sorta stinks a bit (but its not that much of a problem. I mean its dirt, of course its gonna stink). And the mud is rather difficult to play in. In the SUMMER it just gets brutally HOT. First time i played, I slid, ripped my pants (i was a noob, wearing a shirt and jeans), and scratched up my knee pretty bad (little bit of blood). And when I knelt down, that ground was HOT (owie). So the field is usually at one of the two extremes.
-There are in fact a few mean players, but hey, you can't stop em from coming.
-If you are new, and you have your own gear, then BE WARNED, whether you are new or not, if you have your own gun, you play with the intermediate players. No exceptions.(i learned that the hard way)
-Gatorade is expensive.
-Do not get to browse the proshop. You ask them if they have something ,and they will tell you what they got. Not much of a variety either (compared to bear creeks where you get to look upclose and browse around).
-Every once in a while, I'll see people with jerseys on one team, and people with regular clothing on another. (Leet vs. noob?) sorta unfair to some people?
I love this field. I love playing there, I love playing with the people there (except that one rude lady), and I plan to stay there and claim it as my home field. The people are nice, they will help you if you need, and beginners dont have to worry. Just jump in and you will feel right at home. This is the best [dirt] field EVER.
I give it an 8 out of 10. Why not 10 out of 10? well look at the cons. Not enough to bring it down to a 5, but the place is a hair away from perfect.
***(Following is personal stuff, so if you want to read, go right ahead)***
Alright, now for the good stuff. When I first went there, I immediately got the papers signed and I took my first orientation. It was standard stuff, like you can only go 275 fps, no shooting within 10 feet (must call a surrender), if your mask falls off then duck and call "blind man", et cetera et cetera. The first time I went, I was sort of intimidated. I was a new guy sitting with my Trilogy Sport as I looked to the other players who had souped up ions, tippmans, and other upgraded guns. I watched from the sidelines for about half an hour, because I didn't know if I should just jump in there or stay out. There were these other guys near me taking a break and invited me to go in. So here was my chance. I went in, and I went to my side of the field. These guys there had their souped up markers and the first thing they said to me was "alright man. lets kick some @$$." So that got me pumped right away, and they treated me like any other player. Eventually I became known as the baby of the fields (or noob). There are refs there who just seem to know who I am and keep an eye out for me. They give me advice like some simple upgrades that they suggest like a dust cap or new barrel, and one also explained the air system to me as it took me about 5 minutes of standing there trying to attatch the hose to my tank (I had no idea I was suppose to pull the tip first before attatching, so I looked really stupid trying to push the hose into the tank). So going here is just like joining a big happy family. Ever since I went there, people have shared paint, given me some free stuff (like pods and such), and showed me a good time.
Last edited on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 at 9:08 pm PST