For starters the date is off. It was Late February-early March time frame IE last week of February or the first week of March on a Saturday, no I donít' recall the actual day other than it was a pretty nice day.
I give a Two. I had played this field with friends a number of times and always we had fun. This particular time was the killer of my using this field. There were thirty plus people there this day. Most of which were woods ballers. Yet the refs only utilized small portions of the field limiting this group (even in the woods) to a more speedball like/oriented game. Each game was take the fort, and the fort was always the smallest there, the ammo dump.
Even at the request of the players to utilize more of the field we were still made to use only the smallest bit. Now if there was a shortage of Refs I could understand this but point of fact: there was not a shortage. Why was this done? The answer is there isn't one because there was no excuse for it.
Field rules state no use of paint other than what is purchased at the field or the fields store (Correct me on that one if it's incorrect) I support this and those breaking the rules should be reprimanded. Doing a hopper/pod check is perfectly fine. But doing it 4 Times!!! Sorry thatís ridiculous seeing as they never caught anyone.
Back to game play. Options as to what to play next were never given. The Refs chose every game. The tire maze was played not once not twice but four times. This was not at player request. In fact I witnessed many of the days players (more than Half) expressing "this is fun but I would like to get back to the woods thatís why I come here, and when are we going to use more of the field?" The onsite REFS were more concerned with "being In Charge" and barking orders rather than with player enjoyment.
Each game ended with a 10-15 minute break. Then a 30 minute game break for lunch.
Ok I can handle this but! When you consolidate 30+ people in a congested area, games end fast and there is no need for a 10 minute break between games to refit. Most often players were standing around waiting on the REFs. Something a player/customer should never have to do.
Finally, Freedom boasts and has always boasted about having certified air smiths on site to take care of you paintball problems/needs. My marker went on the fritz, would not maintain pressure, would not feed, and list goes on. I took it to the field personnel. Not only did they not have an air smith present they had no idea where to start other than get more air. Something I had already done. When speaking to "Papi" (A fellow A5 user that works/manages at the field) his response was try replacing the ratchet and spring. Did freedom have any replacement parts on site? NO! Did there store? NO! According to them I would have to order it. Fine if the dayís games are done and over with this was not the case. In short they say/advertise they can fix your marker but they can't/couldn't. They didn't even strip it down to take a look. I would not be so ANTI Freedom Paintball but this was a horrible experience and an unforgivable one. Not to mention after I had talked about how good the field and the people were they embarrass myself and friend with terrible service and business in front of a family member who had driven 24 hours to visit me and play a game of paintball.
**NOTE** I have played in Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Germany, and now North Carolina. I have NEVER been this let down or disappointed**
This is a military MWR Field I wander how they will feel knowing the treatment of it's customers and service members.