The Land Paintball - More expensive, and a smaller field
Splatterpark - Farther away, it can be THE Event in Ohio Paintball. But it is more expensive as you have to buy their paint. They are better on safety though.
Directions to the Field:
It's behind a white house off Broad (Rt 16). Google maps has it. Pull in where you see other people parked. Watch out for a friendly (but noisy) rooster.
I had heard of this field for the past 5 years. It was even featured in the Columbus Dispatch once. But the reviews on this site kept me away, even though I live 12 miles away.
I MADE A MISTAKE. I should have checked it out for myself. Which I finally did a couple months ago. Now I can't imagine going anywhere else. I've been playing on and off for 14 years. After a year away from the game, I decided to try this place finally. After my 4th visit in 6 weeks, here's my review:
-Lots of fields. I play Woodsball, and because this place has 3 pipe fields and an airball field, we are pretty well separated from the speedballers. I prefer the Woodsball field directly behind the haunted house. These past few weeks, there have been groups of 12-16 semi-experienced (though there are still people with rentals there too)people at both fields. Because of the size, private groups like bachelor parties or birthday parties have the room to have their own field and experience.
-BYOP. The necessity to Bring Your Own Paint is awesome. I used to drive to Battlezone in Mansfield for that ability. This allows you to shop around and find a good price on paint, though I have found that General Mechandise across the street is very competitive on pricing.
-Price. $15 to bring your own equipment and paint is a reasonable price. Same goes for their rental pricing. CO2 refills are $3 for a 20oz tank, that's not too bad either.
-Safety. A lot of people have made mention of this and I agree. Since I have started playing here, they have had one roaming ref. She will observe a game or two, then move on to each field and group. This is a nice effort by the owners, as I read there was a time when there wasn't a ref at all. I have not seen infractions that were too horrible. But people do still cap off rounds in the prep areas where people don't have masks on. If you are worried about safety, keep your mask on and be aware. Most people know not to point an un-covered marker at another person's face when they don't have a mask on.
-Compressed air. I use it, and have never refilled here. They only have the 3000psi capability and they charge $5 for that. That's pretty steep, my guess is they are trying to pay off the compressor equipment. Since I have 4500psi tanks, I fill up at Paintball Ohio before I go ($10 air pass there gives you unlimited fills for a year).
In Conclusion, I like this field a lot. I'm working on bringing more of my friends here, and I would recommend it to anyone who has their own equipment (as you have to BYOP). Anyone who has had to buy paint at The Land or Splatterpark knows that paint can be had that is more fresh and cheap that at those places. This is a good place to learn with your group of friends if you just want to play with your group too (just remember, buy your paint across the street before you arrive).
My recommendations to the owners would be clean up the Hootchie and junkyard fields. There are some sharp surfaces and coils of wires that can be hazardous. Maybe get another ref to work in tandem with the one you have, and portable chronos for each would help keep that 270fps limit you set at the start of each day. Also, you have a rule about not shooting the trailers, how about giving the guys who like wasting paint a good place to do it? Set up a couple shooting galleries by the two woods fields, this way they can waste paint in one direction, away from everyone else's face.