The sign is camouflage! Don't miss it!
ECX Paintball Park is the only field I've been to in this area, because once I went there, I quit looking for other fields. The staff and refs are friendly and knowledgeable, and the pro shop carries a decent selection of equipment. For more, they also have a store in Newport, Delaware, by the same name (ECX). Everyone I've met there (players included) seems to share the philosophy that paintball is a game, and should be fun for everyone, no matter how much or little experience they have.
The facilities there are top notch, with male and female restrooms (not port-o-pots), covered staging area with lots of picnic tables for setup, 3000 and 4500 psi air fills, free popcorn, and drink vending machines (soda, sports drinks, water). There is no food there, and although local places will deliver, you must make sure you are not in the middle of a game when the delivery arrives. It might be best to pack a lunch if you plan to play all day. They also have seperate cronograph and target ranges, along with a cookout area with grill if you want to have a party there. Oh, and lockers are available for personal belongings during games, but I've never had a problem with theft, or even heard anything of the sort.
As far as prices go, they're pretty reasonable. $25 field fee (a little expensive, but not too bad) and $55-60 per case of paint (FIELD PAINT ONLY). They usually sell Diablo Formula 13 and RPS premium. Rentals are $10 or $15 for BT-4 and mask, and either $20 or $25 for an electronic gun. The hours (I think) are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they have a lot of different fields suited for many different game types, so the $25 dollars is pretty worth it if you play all day. My favorite field is the Firebase. It is a military-style fort in the middle of a clearing, surrounded by bunkers. They play attack-and-defend type games, and also a race-for-the-base type where both teams start outside the base and battle for control. Other fields include The Jungle (woodsball with manmade bunkers), the Dark Triangle (woodsball with all-natural surroundings), and the Village (small, almost speedball type field). More may still be to come; the place isn't quite finished yet.
They're pretty good about safety there, too. Masks and barrel bags (not plugs) are required, of course, but if everyones barrel is bagged and marker on safe, the refs will let you lift your mask. They have a 15-20 ft. rule, like most fields, where you have to say "Surrender" or something of the sort once you're close enough, to give the opponent a chance to avoid being shot at close range by surrendering. They also have a three-shot rule, meaning you can't needlessly shoot someone more than three times. You also can't aim for painful areas on purpose, or shoot players who are already out. All of this is pretty standard, but I thought I'd give everyone the whole run-down.
Anyway, ECX is a great place to have a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.
Last edited on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 at 11:56 am PST