I play weekly at Paintball Nation. Aside from just being cheaper then Splatters, the staff is much better. Over the years, I've played at all the fields in the GTA, including Barrie and Wasaga. As much as I like Barrie, Paintball Nation is the most convenient; the cheapest; has the best staff; and most consistent traffic. I can show up any night of the week and will surely encounter an adequate number of people to play with.
Directions to the Field:
To Sgt. Splatters... just bring $100 to me. I'll throw dirt on you and bruise your arms a bit. It'll take 30 seconds and I promise you'll be more satisfied.
At 26, I've been playing paintball for about 10 years and owned my own equipment since the beginning. Initially, there were few fields around Toronto and Sgt. Splatters was the most convenient. Although they insisted on everyone watching the safety briefing, once on the field I had constant issues with people shooting hot. The refs always had their friends there, who could get away with whatever they wanted, and they had no issues with allowing bonus balls or shooting hot. Because of the lack of selection and love for the game, I went 2 or 3 times each month for just over a year. Eventually, I had enough of the inflated prices, a filthy field and fighting with the staff's friends. I stopped going.
Having been a weekly regular at Paintball Nation for a year now, I thought I'd check out what's happened to Splatters and went in to play. Not only is it still filthy, with sand that gets into everything (leave your electric guns at home), but the staff still allow their friends to shoot however hot or excessively as they want. You still have to pay top dollar, even for owners. If you're renting, fork over a kidney as well. I suppose the refs could have stopped all the cheating if they either had the interest or the players spoke English.
I played 5 games of 'regeneration' before I was satisfied with being ripped off and went home... muddy...
Also, I don't think they've changed a light-bulb since I used to go all those years ago. If you can't see in the dark, good luck. It's pretty ripe too. If you haven't encountered a memorable stink in a while, you'll encounter a fierce one at Sgt. Splatters.
I noticed that they still sell those coupon books that aren't good for anything. There were several people there who had brought them thinking they'd be good for more than unpleasant toilet paper, they were wrong and very unhappy about it. I honestly can't believe that they're still in business. I don't know a single player who hasn't had a terrible experience there. With all the other fields in the area, avoid this one.
To summarize... It stinks; it's dark; it's over-priced; the staff is rude and you'll be shot more and harder than should be allowed. When your rental gun misbehaves or your mask is filthy, don't ask the staff for help - you won't get it, and they might make you sit out a game for troubling them.
Regarding the date I went, I can't recall exactly. It was around the end of November / early December.
Last edited on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 at 10:50 pm PST