The staff were great. They were helpful and polite. This was our first time there and not once did I feel like we were getting the n00b-snear. My buddies brought CO2 and they loaned them HPA tanks for no charge. I would go back again simply for this.
The field is large and they have everything you could need or want on the premisis. (they even had the new Grill for $10 cheaper than I have found it anywhere else, two tricked out Ion Lucky setups...this is not just "feednecks" and "squigees" but a well-stocked place).
The people that showed up were all tourney types and there were several guys that were darn good. I would warn that if you are not more of a hardcore or serious player, this may not be the place for you. You can expect to get bunkered and worked good a couple times.
However, I cannot remember a single time in my entire playing history where I didn't have a single incidence of feeling that someone had not called themselves out. Not saying that I am positive there were no wipers, but man did I feel like everyone was on the level. There were a couple times I was simply spraying to keep heads down and someone would walk, I didn't even have a clue I had hit anyone. It was a fantastic experience from that perspective.
Safety. This is pretty bad. There were guys overshooting really bad. Really bad. There was no enforcement of velocity and there were a couple guns shooting rediculously hot (my buddies Profiler lens was impacted so hard that you can see where the ball hit - that is Fed up without exception).
We went on a Thurs (BYOP and discount field paint). While the ref said that the amount of people there was incredibly small compared to a normal Thurs, I found the matches when most of the folks were playing to be way over crowded. Playing 12+ vs 12+ on an Xball field is not my personal idea of the ideal. I don't think I will go back on a Thurs. I would rather pay more for better play.
And lastly, I hope someone gives me some feedback on this. Perhaps I am just old or something, but I have always thought that people not on the field and actively playing should NEVER speak to people on the field (not talking about tourneys with coaches and what-not).
*Everyone* was telling everyone where players were at. I had a guy on the sidelines call me out right after I got into snake 2 without being spotted. He is shouting to people on the other end and pointing exactly where I was at. **REALLY** ticked me off, to the point that I said something. However, as the night went on I noticed that everyone was doing it and right in front of the refs. It really sucked. It really took away from the experience. Now I didn't have to be as good a player, becuase a dozen people who weren't even playing were calling out guys' positions from vantages that you wouldn't have on the field.
This factor is the one that makes me question going back there. I disliked it that much. I play to play. If you mark me, fine. However, if I pull off a slide into snake 2 without getting spotted and am in a position to start taking down lanes and some kid on the side starts screaming and pointing at me...grrrr...
I give this field a 6.
- .5 for crowds (they could have limited the number of players in a match, again, I would MUCH rather play 3 good matches than a dozen mayhem ones, but I don't know how they would enforce who had just played. Not a full point, but would suggest they try to come up with something)
- 3 for safety. It was honestly and objectively that bad.
- 1 for letting dead people talk. I would really like to ding them more for this, but I don't feel that is fair. I am trying to be objective as possible. (if someone disputes this and tells me I am an old fuddy-duddy and this is the way of the world these days, then consider my rating a 7)