Ok for some reason over the years I have been reluctant to go and play at this field. Just didnt hear too many good things about SI paint ball, but was definetly enticed when I heard that Cousins had bought out the field. I decided to make a trip out there today and made a few observations that might help readers get an idea of what to expect.
Price: Brought all my gear... paid $20 to get in....$10 for air all day. A nice variety of paint to choose from to fit any ones budget. It was a bit cold today so I opted for the Draxxus Frostbite which was about $60 a case.
Fields: We just had a snow storm hit us on Friday so there was a good 6-8 inches on the ground. I enjoy playing in the snow and that was a big bonus for me. They have one speed-ball field and four woods-ball fields. The speed-ball field is definetly set up for beginner-novice players but is not going to bore you. Ok face it , you are in one of the 5 boroughs of NYC, acres upon acres of land are not a common thing like in Montana or North Dakota. The woods-ball fields are not huge in any way but I was very impressed at how they were set up and had a good time playing in them. Listen, if you are looking for a good weekend, minus the long drive, the fields here will definetly satisfy your paintball needs.
Proshop: Besides some pods, fatigues, masks and a couple of big game videos from years past at cousins you are getting nada.
Refs: ****Young**** Did a good job with paint checks and diffused some possible nasty situations amongs players. Thier proffesionalism was impressive.
Tech Support: READ THIS!!!!!! There is no tech support at this facility, they will give you O-rings and let you borrow a tool or two but basicly you are on your own. I did not have a problem with my gun and I always carry tools with me to strip my marker down but other people don't, especially the young newbs. I saw a few kids in the AM who were having problems with their markers and I inquired to one of the Refs why they dont have a Tech. He basically told me that some of these young lads have Angels, Timmys, and DMs that mommy and daddy bought them and if a tech were to try to unsuccessfully fix one of these, mommy and daddy would call and say the Tech broke it!! This made sense to me but I changed my mind about this in the afternoon.
SAFTEY: DONT take your goggles off at any time!!!! There are a lot of newbs who attend here. That is very cool and I am glad that more and more young people are playing at a young age, but it is the job of the Refs, field manager, and more experienced guys to make sure these KIDs go home the way they came to the field. While in the dead zone people were coming out and pulling off the goggles, and I told them to put them back on and they told me there is a net there. After i pointed out the the 6-10 inch gashes in the netting they put them on, but I couldnt tell everyone!!!! One dude is walking around with no plug/condom with the gun pointed up at his face. By the afternoon the guns were chopping paint for some people. Since there is NO TECH area people are working on their markers on the picnic benchs. Once again I saw one person with their marker proped up pointing at the door to the front desk, no plug, air on, hopper on, tinkering with the rear bolt..... are you kidding me? The Safety issue needs to be addressed here so be very careful if you go and help the new guys please!!!!!