East Colonial, located in a little strip mall with a Barber Shop and a Tile Store. Look on the right hand side if you're headed east, hit the light at Pebble Beach road and you've passed the shop already.
As this shop transitions from Epik to Addiction, it is clear that the owner, Steven, is dedicated to raising the bar for all areas that paintballers care about. He has surrounded himself with great staff and refs that cater to, and honestly care about the players that come to their field.
It would be unfair to give a fair review of the shop, as it is still being rennovated and stocked with goodies, but every weekend I see more great gear filling the shelves and racks, a very promising sign!
What I can give a testimonial to is the experience on the fields, which is nothing but positive, positive, and positive. Shawn and Javier are two of the best refs that I've ever interacted with, both inside and outside of the paintball nets. They go out of their way to stress SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY, and they are always looking out for the best interests of the players. As a health care professional, I truly appreciate that. Regarding game pace and play, these guys are awesome at gauging what the players want, and will "Go with the flow," whether it is Ironman-style play (shoot til' you run out of paint!), 2 on 2, 5 on 5, 5 on 14, as long as it is within reasonable and safe limits, and the occupancy of the fields. (Not to worry though, they won't let a group of tourney players carve up some rec-ballers/1st-timers, they're very good at keeping balance in the name of good fun and competition.)
Currently, there are two speed-ball/airball fields up with inflatables, along with a corrugated barrier field in the back, which links up to a pretty HUGE (in my opinion) woodsball field, which is where I got my first taste of woodsball a couple of weeks ago - definitely some fun stuff. There is a good mix of rentals, rec-ballers, tourney-players, and first-timers to go around with everyone swapping battle-stories on the sidelines as they re-air (which is field-side and free!), reload, and hydrate. There are drinks available in the pro-shop, and today they even had some friendly people grilling up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs, which were great and cheap!
I've only played on the weekends, and I can say that Saturdays tend to be more packed with birthday parties/group players joining the fun. Shawn says that Sundays are hit and miss for crowds, but the few Sundays I've been there have been just as fun. And the prices really can't be beat, $15 if you buy their field paint (ProBalls and dXs Triumph today), and only $20 if you bring your own paint! (no MonsterBalls/Brass Eagle products allowed). The great pricing is certainly appreciated in these rough economic times - and PB is expensive enough as it is.
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at Addiction Paintball, and I look forward to coming back often to play and see the great things unfolding at this wonderful paintball field. Come out and see for yourselves, you will love it! I rate it a 10 out of 10 all the way!
Last edited on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 am PST