I am living in Athens, OH attending O.U. and finding a quality commercial paintball field within a two hour drive is becoming a chore. We have a group of about 10 to 20 locals and students who have resorted to playing at our friend's house and using a local dive shop to keep us supplied with paint and air. A group of us will head out once in awhile in search of the Holy Paintball Grail err field and come back usually with mixed results.
J&J's in Marietta is nothing more than our own private field but with strangers in an uncontrolled paintball atmosphere so that trip was dissapointing.
We did make the 6 hour trip to Hellsurvivors in Pickney. MI for their Monster Game and that was awesome but not feasable for weekend rec play 2-3 times a month.
Splatter Park was next on our list. Our group of 8 made the trip in about 2 hours. We never looked too closely at the directions figuring once we got close we would see signs. Haha, even on their road I almost drove past thier sign as it was soooo small.
It was a Sunday and we were their for open play. We brought our own equipment and showed up at 9:45, 15 minutes before the games were supposed to start. By the time we got enough people and the refs felt we had enough it was 15 past 11 am.
Chrono was a joke, many people never even chrono'd and the refs never really checked. The rules and safety were laid out for us and seemed pretty straight forward and than about 30 of us spent a day shooting at eachother in random games and fields.
Pro's- The refs were excellent as they were laid back and non-confrontational. They enforced mask wearing and did a good job explaining game rules and applying timely paint checks. The Facilities were clean and plenty of parking and table space for everyone. The price was fair as $50 got me an all day pass, 2 free air fills, 2000 balls, and a free lunch. The Container field was by far the best rec field I have played on in awhile. The paintballers and field staff were for the most part friendly.
Con's- Chrono was not enforced and some people were shooting "hot". We had to confront them ourselves to resolve the problem. Semi only field, but with some of these speedball markers and response triggers some people were able to throw auto like paint around. In the end it didn't matter though as the field paint (Wreck) wouldn't break unless you got within 50 to 75 feet of someone. To make it worse, if you used up your initial puchase of paint (which some of us did) it cost a whopping $25 for another 500 balls!! The fields were subpar and straight forward. They have no "real" woodsball field. Meaning no undergrowth or heavy foilage to low crawl or hide in. So wearing camo and using radios was all but useless here.
Conclusion- The container field and a scheduled private group among friends may be in the works but there is nothing else there to entice us in coming back on a regular basis.The crappy and over priced paint, lack of a "woodsball field" and the two hour drive and our subpar ratings for Splatter Park mean we are still searching for a place to call "home".