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JEDIMAC0521 Thursday, January 10th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: January 5th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
AAA Paintball (Sterrit)
Paintball Quest (Bessemer)
Review: This is a new field that opened the first week in November. I made it out to the grand opening with my 2 sons and we really liked the set up. I have been back to the field approximately 4 times since. With any new field there are growing pains and Red Rock is no exception.

Positives:

Ownership-Richard is an extremely nice owner that certainly understands how to attract and keep his customers. Richard and his staff (some being his family) really try hard to make everyone feel at home...they even prepare a meal for the players. He has a real strong understanding of what it is going to take and really works hard to bring his vision to fruition.

Price- The $35 per case (2000) is the best around and they take care of the paint so there are not alot of instances that you end up shooting bad paint. They carry spectrum as their rec paint and I have not had any issues with it. The field fee and air are on par with the average for the area. The previous poster mentioned a charge for shooting your own paint...I dont know of a field that allows you to BYOP for recreational events without a charge?

Location-It is centrally located for all of the MSA of Birmingham. Kind of tricky to get to the first time but I really like the location.

Night Play- There are lights setup that allow night play and the field stays open as long as a decent amount of people want to play.


Quality fields-There are four fields at this park....here is a quick synopsis of the fields:

PIPES- Great field. Long and chock full of concrete pipes and half buried boats. One of the most unique fields I've ever played. You must be strategic on this one and watch all of your angles. A blast to play.

The FORT- Very fun, fast paced field that has a 2 story house in the middle with ramp entrances on both sides. If you plan on winning a game on this field..the house is the key. Very intense close in combat inside the house...bring your "A" game and and some ...well lets just say "guts". Did I mention the trap doors?

WOOD HINGE-Probably the most unique field ever assembled. I hate it...but it is a work of art. A really slow paced game(mainly why I hate it) with some nerve racking surprise fighting. Looks like it took forever to assemble this thing and I have heard people say how much they like it. Not for me.

SPEED BALL FIELD-Geat setup and just a very nice new field. You will not be disapointed with this one.


Negatives:

It is a new field and they are experiencing the growing pains that come with it. Here are a few of the things that stand out the most.

Referees- the Refs are inexperienced for the most part and although the effort is there...they really just sit back and let the game unfold. A couple of seasoned Referees to lead the staff would really correct this area.

Wait between games- I believe the previous poster pointed this out as well and I agree. When a large number of players are there..things kinda bottleneck and dont run as timely as some of us like.

Air Lines- I think the fill station should be relocated to keep the deck area clear and seperate the air/paint/drinks etc. A self fill station is probably a good idea for the compressed air.

Safety-I have not witnessed any hardcore safety violations and the safety rules are posted very nicely at the sign in area. I have seen very positve reinforcement of the rules as play goes on but as stated in the pervious review...a short safety indoc should take place for any new players and all groups prior to their first game


Final thoughts:

I believe that this field is an excellent place to bring your family and enjoy the game of paintball but is also a great place for experienced players to come and really have a challenging, fun time. I am part of a 30 person Scenario team and I realy enjoy this field as do many of my players. I know Richard has some great ideas for the next expansion to the field and I am really looking forward to it. This field will be around for a long time and I believe it will be one of the best in the Southeast Region.


 

Review Comments
BigT42 Sunday, January 13th, 2008 | 6:14 pm PST
Paintball Quest does not charge for bringing your own paint. Since my review Redfort has changed there website to show that they do charge for bringing your own paint. I agree with your review. As I said in my review I DID LIKE the field paint for price and quality. It shot great in my tempermental Flatline and Empire twister.
   

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