me and my friends are looking into trying out HiVi and NYC paintball
Directions to the Field:
See website, or try mapquest. Surrounded by graveyards and industrial businesses. One stretch of road has about a billion potholes, then another road has like a kajillion potholes.
Alright, I've played at this arena since i was a rental, to where i am now. This arena has many positives, and, like most arenas, a few negatives.
Safety: Ok, safety is an important factor in Island Paintball Arena. The refs will kick anyone out, without hesitation, that threatens another players safety. Sometimes they take safety a bit serious, but its for the good of everyone. They yell at players that bonusball, take their masks off, bunker and what not.
Fields: On everyday but Friday's, the field is a straight field. Decent sized, Just got new turf again. On friday's it has a L shape, which presents a challenge if your on the small side. Usually cleaned. Nice SupAir bunkers.
Hours: for the price you pay, they are decent. On friday's its so hectic that you dont get that many rounds in. On saturday's, you get like 10 or so rounds in, which is decent. Probably could get more if there's no private parties at the time. Have Saturday Night Special, which if you wear their battle field jersey, then you get Free admission which is pretty cool.
Prices: 25 bucks covers admission for anywhere from 3-6 hours *depending on day/ time they open or close (holiday's and such)* Also covers unlimited airfills. Paint on weekends is anywhere from 40 a case to 85. Weekend paint is 65. Proshop prices are decent.
Rules: A bit strict sometimes. Dont allow bunkering unless all the people in a session is ok with it. No blindfiring which is good. Bunkering is allowed on Tuesday Nights (team night) and tournaments only. Safety is good. Other rules like no racial, religion slurs are allowed. My favorite rule, which im not sure if its a joke but it says No talking trash about someone's family.
Services: Fill Station- Fills HPA/compressed air and CO2. My favorite service is if you have ANY problems with your gun/equipment, they will fix it for free. Unless of course, its extensivlely damaged, in which place, they charge a fee. They know like every gun inside and out, along with most of the equipment, which is good. They can fix minor problems fast enough for you to get in the next round.
Proshop: Has all the stuff you need to play paintball (Paint, Lube, Squeegees, Masks, Hopper parts, gun parts, pods, etc.) Decently priced. They also sell a few guns at the on-sight proshop now (PMR, Mini, and a PM6 i think was what they had last time I went) Also, selling raffle tickets to win a Brand New Silver Invert Mini, which is awesome. Spend enough money, and get free passes and 2-1 admission passes, which is cool.
Staff: Almost all of the staff is friendly, helpful, and know alot about markers and equipment. They help out newer players, while also fixing high-end markers. The only guy i have a problem with is, is the fat guy behind the Air Fill Station. He gives the Island Paintball Arena a bad image, and if i was the owners, which are the nicest people in the industry, I would either see if he changes, or fire him. The rest of the staff is awesome.
Refs: Alright, when i first started going, the refs were great. They were into the game, checking for cheaters, people using PSP/Full auto mode. They were professionally trained, and really good refs. Then, i dont know what happened but more....er...... dumb refs started taking over. They plainly sucked. Now, there are a few more refs comign in which are truely good refs. They to check for illegal modes, or wipers and also are into the game, checking players and calling players out.
Players: You got a variety of players: Rentals, which are ok because they arent cocky . Then you got the low-end players. They have their own lower-end mechanical or Electronic guns. Most of them are ok kids, who again, arent cocky. Then you got the Mid-Level Players. Have Lower or Higher end guns, but are at the mid level. Some are nice kids, some are a-holes. Then you got the High-Level/Tournament Players. I've played with some tournament players, and I must say most of them are decent people who help other players out. I've also run into the occasional a-hole who thinks he the best, and he's cool because he bunkers the rental 500 times and makes him cry. They give the sport a bad image, and should fall in a hole :D. You meet people real fast on friday's and saturdays and make some friends. Most players arent a-holes, but you do run into some eventually.
They have bathrooms, but you might as well take a crap in the graveyard, thats how bad they are lol. I find the bathroom's only useful because of the mirrors they have in there, which is easier for wiping off paint after a round that you cant see.
Food is pizza which the deliver 4-5 times a session which is cool.
They have a shop also in Huntington Station that has every single paintball need. THey have markers, gear, safety equipment, paint, and maintence stuff. Also get free passes and 2-1 admission coupons there when you spend enough money. I shop there primarily for my needs cause it's decent priced AND they have a full warranty on everything you buy from there. The Staff there is usually the same as the Arena's, and they are all friendly and helpful there also.
Island Paintball Arena also has some tournaments: Young Guns etc.
From Monday to Friday its BYOP and saturday, sunday, and tournaments are Field Paint Only
Conclusion: This field is great
Has some minor flaws but the benefits overpower those flaws hands down. THey have the nicest service and people there. 10/10
Last edited on Sunday, May 27th, 2007 at 9:22 am PST