PBNATION - Nice pro shop Great tech in there named Mike, inexpensive entry, bad field
PB CITY - Excellcent pro shop, random techs, fair entry fee, okay field
Directions to the Field:
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I went to SGT Splatters the first time it seems like decades ago. As a young kid new to paintball, I really liked how they took us upstairs, made us watch a saftey video, made us sign a waiver and went through everyhting that we could possibly encounter. It was always that memory why I had such a softspot in my heart for this place and what got me into paintball.
I know when to call B.S, B.S. before I became an owner and visited other fields, I never understood how much more we were paying when we did go paintballing. Their coupon is the equivalent of a bait and switch flyer ad from Futureshop (before it was bought by Best Buy) And with sales reps and refs that felt like they were working on commission. It essentially goes with the saying, "LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION" because of its location, and the type of clientele it receives, it charges more then what it should. Essentially, it makes Paintball on par with golf when it comes to price.
The staff is both good and bad, I understand the fundamentals of business. And that people bringining in outside paintballs is wrong. I have seen many a person removed from the field for doing this. And I always used to be one of those people who could not understand why they did this, until I went paintballing other places. To put it in perspective, you know that feeling you get when you know something just ain't right? That is the feeling you get when at SGT Splatters. They have forgotten with all their corporate events and bait and switch coupons, that people play paintball for the fun and meet and greet aspect of it. They care about the almighty dollar. Which is why their BYOP is at Sunday only from 9am to 12pm. 3 hours for 25 dollars. AND if you need, they have 100 dollar a box paint availible.
In the beginning I loved this field, and that's because my mom used to do my laundry and buy my clothes (give me a break I was like 14 or something and it was the early/mid 90's. When this place opened up and we used to go and get dirty and we were renters so the markers didn't matter. It matters now. Sand?!? More like quick sand, but they do clean up, so I will give them that.
Essentially, this place is for people who want to go paintballing once a year or less. Its not for the weekend warrior and or the die hard paintball fan. Keep in mind, I never had an issue with this place until I ventured out, and saw how bad we were getting ripped. What I used to spend one day at SGT Splatters I can now used for 3 to 4 days at most other fields. When something like paintball which in many people's view is still a fringe sport, with relationships and sportsmanship important to maintain relationships for repeat business, I have to say SGT fails. This is not to say that they don't have a great business model, that there is no doubt, out of all of them, I am sure they are more profitable then all the other fields in the GTA combined. (See location location location above and pricing) It is my opinon that they have taken the heart out of the game, and that can be witnessed by watching their sales side operate on any given day. As much as I loved it and thank them for introducing me to Paintball, I doubt if they will see my patronage again.