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jjgoforward Sunday, February 1st, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: January 31st, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Sycamore Sports (no longer in business)
Fort Knox, Proving Grounds, Lunkers and Bunkers
Directions
to the Field:
Easy to find-turn west onto State Road 205 off of State Road 3. The drive for the Paintball Plex is the first turn to the south after turning onto State Road 205.
Review: WOW! This is what a paintball field should be like! The Paintball Plex has it all. It has to be the premiere indoor paintball facility in the midwest. I have never experienced anything like the facilities, the organization, the courteousy, the helping attitude, the commitment to safety, the commitment to making sure everyone at every level has fun, .....WOW
First the check in was very smooth. They have a great system. The women at the check in counter were very friendly and knowledgable. They had all the prices listed very plainly so all could see and understand. The price was very reasonable. The field fee was $15 which included all day air. A case of Origin Combat Training paint was $44. I have certainly seen more $ acharged for lesser quality.
There were a huge number of tables and picnic tables to set up your gear. The staging area was spacious and clean.
There was very close scrutiny over the Chrono area. Every paintballer had to have a orange plastic ribbon tied to the marker to prove that the field velocity (285 fps) had been verified.
Barrel bag use is strictly enforced and barrel plugs are not allowed, because they can be shot out the end of the marker and thereby provide less safety.
Masked on was strictly enforced in any area where markers were going to be fired.
The games were all elimination while we were playing. They were all timed as well. This kept the games moving and ensured that you didn't waste alot of time waiting on games to begin. The refs divided the teams, and kept the sides pretty even all day long.
The field itself is HUGE by indoor standards. Later in the evening they divided the field into two seperate halves so some teams could practice X ball and the other half could be used for 3x3, 5x5 rec speedball. I must say that this was probably the funnest day of paintball my son and I have ever had. And we drove 2 3/4 hours to get there.
The number and variety of bunkers were outstanding. There was an inflatable fort in the center, with a couple of inflatable tanks on each side. There was the huge X, and a variety of sizes of temples, doritos, bricks, cans,etc. We played one game that had to be about 20 on 20 and there were stil plenty of bunkers for cover. Also the field was set up so that it was really hard to get hit off the break. This was especially encouraging for the newer players.
The turf is great too. I slide hard into bunkers. I never bruised a knee. The turf is so padded that it's almost better than playing outdoors. The traction was great too. I play with some turf shoes. They worked very well.
The refs were numerous and quite fair. They certainly took the expeience of the player into consideration when making calls. They don't count hopper or marker shots as out during open rec play. Again this was very encouraging for newer players.
They played a 5 foot surrender rule. This was a little closer than the 10 foot surrender rules that I have played with at other fields.
The snack area was at the check in. Again it was good quality and fairly priced.
And then there was the proshop! I have never seen so many high quality markers and nice accessories in one building in my life. There were great speedball markers as well as cool woodsball/scenario markers. Everything you could have wanted to repair or upgrade your marker were available. They had good quantities of high quality paintball clothing for speedballers and woodsballers. They also had the greatest variety of masks displayed that I have seen anywhere.
They buy and trade used markers also. The prices they offered seemed fairly competitve. They resold the markers there at the shop with a 30 day warranty so they had markers in everyone's price range. However, I must say that in the new markers they certainly stocked mainly markers in the $300 and over range.
To say I was overwhelmed by Paintball Plex is an understatement. If you are ever in the area and want to play paintball, I couldn't encourge you more heartily to try it out.
I only wish there was even half as good a facility in central Indiana where I live.
Last edited on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 6:05 pm PST
 

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