My son is 13 years old. This is his first experience with paintball. I have researched various paintball field in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas... it appears Elite had the highest recommendations. So, 45 minute to a hour dirve from Tampa was a bit longer than I was willing to drive (for a paintball experience).
The fields are better than expected. The players are mostly teens with their parents. Very family oriented hot spot. The staff are very courteous and informative. The mini-scenarios were well organized. There are three fields, Air, Woods and Speed. My son had the BEST time of his (13 years) life! The drive was worth every minute of it.
A word on the mini-scenario... Wow, the players are older, experienced and serious about this game. Very helpful with the new (and younger) players. As a mother, I was a little concerned in the beginning. But, having met many of the scenario players I felt much safer with my son out there with them. They all play by the rules... no excessive or over-shooting, no face shots, etc.
The prices are very reasonable.... $15 for all-day field with free Air. The paintball price was very reasonable... (I forgot the price, but it was comparable to Walmart pricing) Players are asked to buy their paintballs at the shop. I didn't mind because their prices are so cheap!
I'd take my son back to Elite.... Got to go there for the mini-scenarios. It was a lot of fun... and taught my son alot about team work and strategies. I'd definitely recommend Elite field for all new beginners and experienced players.