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TheShniz Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: January 31st, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Extreme Rage

ER was like sardines shooting sardines aka fish in a barrel... two fields were way undersized w/ too many people. To compound things, there was no concealment whatsoever on the bigger of the two... could see clear across without obstacle. Service seemed better at ER though w/ refs.
Directions
to the Field:
Turnpike North > Southern Blvd West > ~10x miles on right ... big sign, can't miss it. Approx 45min drive from 595 & Turnpike.
Review: Fields

Let's be honest, this is THE reason why we all come... and these guys have FOUR woodsball fields! Two of them are VERY large at that. One having an old broken down Greyhound Bus and a fort; the other having several broken down cars/trucks and an entire maze... which they call Plywood city. The other two fields are also fun, but are more recball than anything. Regardless, they were fun as well. I must say though, that their fields were extremely good. The only fault was that there never was any boundry lines, and you'd always have to ask the ref what was in/out... and then agree with your group as rules.

Safety

In preface, I will say that the staff/refs/etc were NOT prepared for the turnout they had that day... all 100+ rental sets were checked out, and on top of that there was a line waiting for people to leave so they could rent. There were so many cars, that they start lining up Southern Blvd (they could definately stand more parking).

There were WAY too many people, and WAY too few refs. There just weren't enough of them to realistically handle the number of people. I couldn't tell you how many times people would go out onto fields without masks on, and even some playing without masks... it got so bad at one point, that a couple chaparones of some group brought out folding chairs to the field so they could spectate (WITHOUT MASKS). This same group had a group meeting down at the end of one field without masks, it was really bad. The chronograph seemed to be completely on an honor basis, as there just wasn't any way for ref's to enforce.

Finally, they were filling Co2 tanks without weighing them! We'd get them back feeling like they were filled with lead, they were so heavy. Several players' markers instantly froze up on connecting these fresh tanks during the course of the day... 3x people in our group alone. Normally when I leave, I like to top off my tank, but not here... I'd rather pay to get them filled from somewhere I could trust and bled them all dry.

Players

The great majority of players were very kind and helpful to each other. There were however several un-sportsmanlike players who would try to inject themselves into games already in progress, would shoot other players in those games to which they were not apart, and basically be a royal nuisance to everyone around them. Had there been more ref's on hand, they should've been asked to leave.

Hours of Operation

9am till the last person leaves... which I thought was pretty cool. They also have flood lights over the speedball... kinda made me jealous, wishing they did the same for atleast plywood city.

Prices

The prices were reasonable @ $35/person for rentals & $20/person if you already have everything... $50/case was a bit high though.

Rental Equipment

BT4's seemed to be in pretty good shape. They've got ~90x rental sets available, and ~15x "premium" Sp1's.

Proshop

They aren't geared as a fully stocked store, but that's to be expected. They did have everything required (o-rings/etc) for maintenance if needed.

Facilities

The proshop had a lounge area w/ tables and chairs. Just outside near speedball was open grass to sit down at. There was a primary staging area with plenty of seating @ the entrance of woodsball fields, with a secondary/smaller area off to the side/back near 'Plywood City'. The primary area was good, but the secondary had what seemed to be years of gewy/sticky paintball residue all over the benches which did NOT wash out (was like chewing gum). Also, the single chronograph area desperately needs some framing, as the netting was falling all in it... very cramped. I really wished they had a target range to tweak, set sights, and such too (was missed).

Food

This was definately a high mark for the field... they actually had grub that was good to eat and fairly priced. It was without a doubt much better than you could ever get at any McD's or Burger King. Great quality food, good prices, and a couple tables to sit at. Just don't sit a big group down @ the tables meant for grub, they'll chase you out in favor of some paying customers (rightly so).

Conclusion

This is the kind of field that you REALLY want to give a 10/10... but it is too hard to cast a blind eye to some very blatant and obvious shortcomings. Safety, safety, safety... safety!!! I'm very thankful to have been apart of a large group (~20x), as we had no problem monitoring each other; and knew each other very well. I'm not sure how I would fare as a walk-on though. Because of these horrible shortcomings, I feel obligated to give them no higher than a '7'... barring any other improvements whatsoever, I would have easily given them a '9' if they only had some good safety... it's that important!
 

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