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Glenn142 Sunday, March 16th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: July 4th, 2007
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Bellville and Bronson and Bronson in Kingston. No real comparison between the fields since Bellville is indoors and the Bronson and Bronson field is still being developed.
to the Field:
The directions found on the Ground Zero website were clear. No problems getting to the field.
Review: I noticed there hasn't been any recent reviews so I thought I'd add a review so that other people can receive a more recent review of the field.

I've found Ground Zero to be a fun place to spend an afternoon with my son and his friends. My observations are as follows:

Reception at field: The staff was very friendly and efficient. They processed our party reasonably quickly. One thing I did notice was that they were a little slow at the front counter when it came to the kids getting CO2 refills or buying more paint. This could be a volume of business thing but it's still a bummer when a player looses half an hour of playing time in order to get a simple refill or to buy more paint.

Cost: I can’t remember the exact cost but I do remember that the cost was reasonable when compared to other places in the area.

Rental Gear: The tried and true Tippmann 98s. The markers worked well. The goggles were just your normal masks without thermal lenses. You could rent coveralls as well in case you don’t want to get back into your car with paint on your clothes.

Refs: There was only one ref for the field that we were playing on. There appeared to be refs for the other field and the speedball fields. The ref that worked with our game was fair and quick for paint checks. The ref didn't suggest any differences on the games which would have been nice since many of the people that we've played with at this field are new. Apart from this I have no complaints about the refs.

Other players: Most of the other players were new (like most of the others in our group). There where a few other players who looked like they spent a lot of time playing paintball. Without meaning to they intimidated the new players although after a game or two they turned out to be pretty good guys and they proved the saying that expensive gear doesn’t mean you’re a better player.

- Bathrooms: Clean and well maintained.
- Paintball field: Ground Zero has two scenario type fields that I'm aware of as well as at least two speedball fields. The scenario fields are good with plenty of cover and options for offence and defence. The nice thing about the lower scenario field is that the boats, vehicles, structures, etc that you can use for cover are close enough to each other so that the guy with the flatliner doesn't have a distinct advantage over the guy with the rental (Tippmann 98s). The lower field also is very conductive to playing as a team. I've never played on the upper field but it looks like it has a series of trenches and a castle that is on the high ground and dominates the field. I've talked to others that have played on the upper field and they said it was also a lot of fun but if someone has a flatliner and they bunker themselves in the castle it makes it very hard for the guys with the rentals to get close to the castle. The speedball fields are just like any other speedball fields. All of the fields appeared clean with no garbage lying around.

Overall impression: If it were a little closer to Kingston I'd probably be spending more time at Ground Zero. A good place for a novice to try out paintball in a good environment. They also make a great grill cheese sandwich. I recommend the field.

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