Sgt. Splatters (Dirty, dark, sand is gross to play in, refs just don't care)
Area 51 (Dirty, field isn't very well laid out, gravel sucks to play in - slippery and mucky, speedball field never re-opened)
These guys are very good with safety. The refs always stand by the entrance to ensure that people have their barrel bags on as they exit the field, and masks on when they enter. They won't hesitate to warn people about mask safety. The refs also give advice to new players regarding field safety. One of them gave my friend advice on how to get off the field after being called out, so as not to get in the line of fire (I know, it's a small point, but I'm glad to see they pay attention to details like that. They also do periodic chrono checks to see if people are shooting within the 250 FPS limit.
One thing that may be improved is the amount of leftover balls on the ground. Sometimes there are a lot left over from previous games throughout the day, and they can be slippery. Another area of concern are the stairs leading to the observation deck. After playing a few games and having paint on your soles, the stairs just might get a little slippery. Not good, especially for those kids weighed down by their 4+3 pod packs full of paint.
Amazing, clean field, which is very big. They've got high ceilings and very good lighting. They frequently change the layout of the air bunkers, which makes for more varied gameplay. The floors are covered in astroturf of some sort, which is great to slide on. The field itself is usually laid out fairly symmetrically, so neither side has much of an advantage.
Staging Area/Observation deck
The staging area is also very clean and bright. They've got a few snack machines, although admittedly, I haven't bothered checking to see how stocked they are. There's also a couple arcade games, but I doubt people bother to play them. There are a decent amount of tables downstairs, although it can get pretty full when it's half off days.
The upstairs observation area is great, providing a good view of the entire field - perfect for those parents who want to watch their little Johnny play. They can probably put a few more tables upstairs though, especially on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as sometimes there are just way too many people having to share tables.
They're relatively high, but not by that much. $30 for a renter gives you a Tippman 98C, JT mask, HPA tank, hopper, 100 balls, and unlimited air fills. You can also upgrade the barrel, or upgrade to an Angel for an extra 20 bucks (I think). Owners pay $10 for admission, and BYOP is $25, I believe.
Memberships cost $200, and gives you a year of free admission and air, 50% off paintballs anyday (but does not add on during half price days), and $10 admission for BYOP.
Air isn't free, and will cost you $1 per 1000 PSI or $10 for unlimited fills. There are also differing prices for CO2 tanks - don't bring a 14oz CO2 tank, as you'll end up spending just as much as you would for a 20 oz tank to fill.
Velocity limit is set at 250 fps, basically similar to the other places I've played at. They only allow white and yellow fill. I've actually seen them kick out a guy shooting pink paint. Also, they don't allow renters to use any other balls except ones sold at Next.
Players are divided into 3 groups - Renters, Owners, and Open Class. Open Class people are basically those who BYOP. A member of a group can always step up to the higher classes if they wish, but no one can go to lower classes. This way, renters aren't forced to go up against people shooting much better guns if they don't want to.
Premium Paintball Products is a great shop. They seem well stocked with everything ranging from scenario guns to low and high end speedball markers. The people at the proshop are very knowledgeable and know their stuff well. Prices are a tad bit high compared to some other shops in the GTA, but they're not unreasonable. Their website needs a lot of work though.
The staff at Next are top notch, very friendly, and very helpful. It's a family owned business, so most of the employees actually care about the place and its customers. The staff treat players well, and won't berate or look down upon those who are new to paintball
This field has been one of the best things to happen to paintball in the GTA. It's a great field for noobs and veterans alike, as it provides the quality of a top notch speedball field, while also being friendly to newcomers of the sport. If you haven't already experienced what Next has to offer, you're definitely missing out!
Last edited on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 at 7:51 pm PST