I'm an older player getting back in to painball, so Franklin is a new field for me. After reading some of these reviews about drug and alcohol use at Franklin's, I wanted to see first hand what was going on. It is the closest organized field to my house so I played on two different Saturdays.
One visit wouldn't be enough for me to draw any reasonable conclusions.
The first thing I did was ask the operator straight up, what was all of the drug talk about. He replied with a very sincere and straight forward answer, which I agreed with. Just a few disgruntaled younger players flaming the field.
Bottom line, your experience will be directly related to your attitude and who shows up to play. I found most of the locals harmless to friendly. The operators were helpful.
As far as the fields. I've played at better, but then again, I've played at worse! Both fields could use a face lift.
Attendance, I would not count on going solo and finding more then a few people there. Both times I was there, we didn't have enough people to start our first game until about 11:30am, but played until 3:30pm.
Safety, most of the time where it counts. I didn't notice any safety issues in the rest area. However, I would like to see more mask enforcement in the chrono area and chrono before every game.
The locals tend to do a bit of goof and tease shooting at each other. Unfortunately, it is usually across the field during game play.
I wouldn't sit around and wait for the Ref to motivate players to get ready for a game. I just yell, lets go and get our game on. We walk over to the chrono area and say we need a Ref. Then the game is on!
Would I bring my 12yr to play there, yes. Would I recommend the field to noobs, yes if accompanied by an experience player.
Will I keep playing at Franklin's, yes.
Well, that's my 2 cents worth!
Last edited on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 at 10:13 pm PST