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doofus2525 Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: February 21st, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Texas Paintball - fields are ok, owner is friendly, refs and staff are generally young and apathetic, prices are high compared to every field I've surveyed around them, they are much further away than most other fields I want to play.
Directions
to the Field:
From Austin you can either take MLK east from I-35 all the way out until you take a LEFT on Burleson-Manor Rd. Alternately you can go out 71 and turn on LEFT on 973 and RIGHT on 969 (formerly MLK) then L on Burleson-Manor, you can also go past 973 and turn LEFTon the 130 TOLL and R on 969 then on to B-M. Lastly you could take 290 E to the 130 TOLL and turn RIGHT, then LEFT on 969 and finally a L on Burleson-Manor Rd. (7415 Burleson-Manor Rd)
Review: I've only played at 1 other facility. This one impressed me more.

SAFETY: The owner and the rest of the refs on this field are dedicated to safety, you might even say fanatical. I count this as a plus. These guys want their players to have fun, but they want their players to leave without serious injury. They will yell at you if you are fool enough to take your mask off or tip it up while still inside the netting. They will only give you one or maybe two warnings before you're ordered off the field. They have a lengthy but not tedious safety briefing that includes the workings of the paintball gun and all of their safety expectations before you can play. I appreciate their dedication to the safety of their patrons.

FIELDS: We played two fields:
Speedball field - which consists of a variety of bunkers made of pallets, wooden fencing, stacks of tractor tires, 55 gal. drums, and a boat hull. This was a fun fast paced field with a snake on both sides - each side having one that is more accessible to them. This field encourages both sides to use strong side sweeps. The refs gave advice to the 1st time players on how to use the field against the more experienced players. If you do not have a game plan and good organization, teamwork and communication you will not fare well on this field.

Bamboo/Tin Village: this is a large field with two very different play areas divided by a short palisade (3ft high) fence with a gate house style opening. The bamboo side has lots of trees and natural cover with small bamboo bunkers, the flag pole is out in the open but surrounded by the small bunkers. The Tin side has privacy picket enclosures (two gate house enclosures on either side of the fence opening and a couple of large tin 'house' structures protecting the flag pole, but lots of open ground in between. This field allows for people who are not as well organized to have a good time and play for a while. The Tin side is definitely the defense and the bamboo the offense sides. These games last longer.

HOURS: They will open during the week for private parties and are otherwise open from ~8:00am till dark both Saturday and Sunday. One field/rental fee pays for all day.

PRICES: $15 full rental (mask/goggles, Tippmann 98, 4 reloader hip-pack, all-day air, 100 paintballs), $5 field fee (walk-on with own equipment), $5 all-day air. Field Paint only $60 for basic (Diablo Heat), $70 gets you 3-4 more choices of good paint, $80 for 2 more choices of high quality paint.

RULES: The only rule that was different from where I've played before is that they allow blind firing. This didn't bother me at all and I didn't see it adversely affect the game.

SHOP/SERVICES: Very accommodating - lending out a couple of air tanks when we needed it, swapping paint when it was exploding in my barrel, they were a little harried because they were swamped (according to the proprietor this is the norm during college semesters) so there were sometimes long lines to get equipment, paint or air, but they take care of everyone before they start another game. They have 2 self-fill HPA stations (one for 3000psi, one for 4500psi).

STAFF/REFS: The staff and refs were all adults and were professional in their demeanor and helpful and friendly with both experienced players and first timers. They separated the groups of players as fairly as possible for each game and kept the games moving well.

PLAYERS: There were a couple of large groups of teenagers that played mostly on their own or with other walk-ons. The walk-ons were a mix of veteran addicts and folks like me who have only played a few times. The ones with their own guns and equipment were very friendly and helpful to the rest of us - until the shooting started - then you better keep your head down and play the game.

FACILITIES: The bathrooms consist of a couple of port-o-potties, so go before you go. They have a limited selection of snack foods and bottled water/gatorade available for purchase - eat before you go. They also have water stations near the fields to re-hydrate.

Overall - this field was great - the staff/owner/refs are all working hard to make your experience fun and to get you out to play as much as you can. They have a limited number of rentals - so if you want to rent your equipment reserve it online or over the phone first to make sure you can play. They accept credit cards and cash. Great Field. Great People. I will be going back!
Last edited on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 12:04 pm PST
 

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