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DrFGeek Sunday, August 31st, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: August 30th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
White River, Proving Grounds, Fort Knox
Review: First impression of the field was a bit sketchy at first, since it appeared as though it was run out of some guy's house, with a barn. The entrance to the pro shop is literally through the backdoor of the house.

The pro shop seemed a bit small, and can be a bit crowded with anymore than ten people in it at any one time. There is however seating available, should you have to wait.

Rental markers break the de facto standard of Tippmann 98's, and instead they use BT-4's, and Piranha GTI+'s. Harness/pack and pods aren't included in the standard rental package, but the staff is nice enough to add it should you ask for it at no extra cost.

With equipment you bring your own, they do things a little bit different that no other fields I've been to check; saftey. Specifically, they check your air tank's hydro date, and give your mask a quick visual check. They also attach a blaze orange zip tie to your tank to designate it as your own, and safe to use.

Air is supplied in either CO2, or 3K HPA. The HPA self-serve station is there in the pro-shop, which can be a little inconvenient since the pro shop is a good walk from the staging area. The compressor is also right next to the self-serve station, which can make it pretty loud while it's recharging.

The staging area itself is half-shaded by trees, and the rest are all large wire spools with table umbrellas in them. By about middle of the afternoon, the whole staging area is effectively in the sun. Two fields - the wooden speedball, and woodsball field - have benches set up for spectators, and are better shaded than the rest of the staging area. The chrono station is located about half-way between the pro-shop and the staging area, behind a maze of field netting. I nearly walked onto a field, rather than the chrono station with the way it's laid out. Also, with I-465 not but a stone's throw away from the field, it can be hard to hear people at times.

The staff and refs are very social, and attentive to saftey, almost to a fault. There was a little accident during one game on the woodsball field. Someone tripped and sprained their ankle. The refs killed the game, and got everyone to plug their markers. There was yelling back and forth between the field and the pro-shop, and an ATV flatbed came out to pick the guy up. A few minutes later, a fire truck was out to check on the guy, saying an ambulance was on the way, but cancelled it. Likely a bit of miscommunication due to it all being yelled back at the pro-shop. A simple radio system wouldn't go amiss considering the size of the place.

The fields consisted of your usual inflatible speedball, a hardwood speedball field with a large I (instead of an X) on the 50, a woodsball field (as well as another one called "The Back 40" we didn't play on, since they recommend that each team have 20 players), and one field simply called "The House", which is literally that, in the middle of a cornfield. Makes for a very interesting game, since the attacking team only has soft cover all the way up to the house.

The field is both FPO, and BYOP (BYOP at an extra $15 fee, except on Fridays). For recycling paint, you can return an unopened bag of 500 to get a credit back. i.e.: you buy a case of paint, and shoot 800 rounds. You can return the two unopened bags of 500, but not the remaining 200. Next time you visit, tell the staff you've got a paint credit, and they'll hand you two fresh bags of 500.

Overall, the field has a lot of potential. There's a lot of room for improvement for how they run their operation, but it's not anything horrible. Already, there's signs of expansion, and with the fun time I had, I'll definitely be coming back.
 

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