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faulkn22 Thursday, September 28th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
6 months
Last There: September 24th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Hells Survivors - More of a woodsball/scenario haven
The Bunker - Only worth the drive in the winter
Directions
to the Field:
Charlotte, MI. Only a couple minute drive from the highway exit.
Review: Alright, I will write this review catagorically... But first, let me say that this field has changed 100% since the new owner took over, and by 100%, I mean for the better.

Safety: Everyone should feel safe knowing that there isn't an idiot running around with a 1mm pull and no barrel bag/plug on, they are on the ball with checking for masks/barrel bags in the required areas.

Fields: 1 x-ball field, 1 hyper-ball field, 1 air-ball field, 1 village field, 1 woods-ball field, and soon to come 1 firebase field. If you show up on a dead weekend, there is a good chance that the x-ball field isn't set up. That is my only problem with their fields.

Hours of Operation: They run open play both Saturday and Sunday. I don't know about other paintballers, but I wish they did open play any day of the week :)

Prices: The best I have seen. $10 field fees, $38/$44 for paint depending on quality, cheap rentals if you really need to. The only problem with prices is their bring your own paint $10 fee. That especially ticks me off considering I buy my paint from either their pro-shop (outpost paintball) or the field itself. If I don't shoot all of the paint I have, I know I'm gonna have to spend another $10 to bring it back the next weekend.

Rules: They provide a chrono-target range, and during tourneys they will bring another chrono onto the field and check a second time just before game time. The refs are not afraid to hop into fire to check if someone is marked.

Services: There is always someone in the shop around to fill air for those who do not know how to and to purchase paint, food, drinks, ect. I feel service is pretty good, and they are all nice people.

Proshop: If you are having problems with your marker, this is the one bad thing. You will have to drive about 15 minutes to their pro-shop in East Lansing, but they will take care of you their for making the trip. To make Chaos top notch, they should have a certified air-smith on site over the weekends.

Staff: All of the staff are nice people. They will do whatever you need them to do to make your trip out there worth while. Last weekend after we were all done playing, someone took me out to the woodsball field just to show me all the new works in progress, great staff.

Refs: There is usually atleast one ref for each field that is being played on. They could take it to the next level and make sure there is two refs for each field, because I feel that there should always be a ref on each side to check for kills/wipes.

Players: The whole spectrum comes to chaos. Rookies to Professionals. Two weekends ago there were two professionals from Dynasty out at the Cash Bash. No matter what your skill level is, you will find someone worse and someone better than you playing.

Facilities: They do have port-a-potties which is better than nothing, and they usually don't smell horrible either. I do wish they had an indoor bathroom, but I have been to fields that don't even have a bathroom on site, so I guess theres no real complaining there.

Food: If you are really desperate for something to put in your stomach they sell chips. Its not much, but it is better than nothing. As for beverages, they sell $1 Bottle Water, $1.50 Sodas, and $2 Monsters, I don't think they need to change the food area. On Tournament days, they provide a BBQ lunch.

Overall, Chaos is a great field that only needs to change a few things to be the best in my opinion. These are those things...

1. X-ball field. They should have it aired up even on slow days. If you are trying to be a grade A field, this is a must for most players.
2. Hours of Operations. They should have open play atleast one day during the week for those who cannot stand waiting for the weekend. But in a perfect world there would be open play every day. Again, this is one of those grade A things.
3. Air-smith. I know its only 15 minutes to the pro-shop in East Lansing, but there should be someone on site to do repairs if necessary.
4. Refs. They could use a few more refs, but there is always atleast one on each field being played on.
5. Indoor bathrooms would be the shiiiiiiiiiiiznittle bang bang. But port-a-potties are better than nothing, yes.

Overall, I say that Chaos gets a 9/10 since the new ownership. If they fixed the above 5 things, it would have to be a 10/10 and that wouldn't be lying either. They have turned that place back into something that resembles a grade A field. If I would have written this review last year, it would have got a 1/10, no doubt. Keep up the good work out there everyone.
 

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