NYC paintball- good field, good deals.
Directions to the Field:
Good luck is all I can tell you. It's in between two graveyards, and beyond a large mound of what looked like soot. If you're facing the soot, you're in the wrong place.
When me and a friend of mine first heard of a BYOP field in long island, we thought "great! we can go out to sports authority and buy 4000 rounds worth of cheap paint for our 98's".
The following review was our experience.
Fields: I'll start with the staging area. I don't know if it was just when I was there, but I very much doubt they clean the place. The staging area was flooded with paint, so much so that stepping onto the turf they had set down caused it to ooze up around your shoe.
The fields themselves were poorly lit at best, and poorly set up. They have an "L" field which they use for larger games. This would be an interesting aspect if they had some way to balance it; as it is, the team on the other side of the field has time to get into positions before being offered a nice shot at the "L" team trying to move out.
The bunkers could've all used a bit of air, as most were pretty saggy. Crawling anywhere was out of the question; if you are of the aggressive front playing sort, be prepared to dive into a swamp of multicolored paint. I don't know if it was just when I was there, but the field was a mucky mess. The layout was alright, but hampered by the poor lighting.
Refs: My buddies and I noticed an odd thing about the refs. Namely, you saw them at the beginning of each game, and never again. Except, maybe, if they got bored and decided to jump in and play against you. They weren't the greatest at enforcing rules either: though we didn't see anyone do this, we noticed that if you really wanted to, you could walk right into a game without paying admission or chrono'ing your gun. Lastly, they made awful teams. There were a few high tech players there when we played. Games consisted of us low techs versus what looked like a local team, with predictable results every game. Not what I paid for.
Safety: They have a chronograph station. Other than that, there was no explanation of rules, and as far as I can tell, no observation of the chrono. They did, however, make sure everyone going onto the field had masks, and that barrel plugs were used within the staging area.
Players: possibly my biggest gripe about this place. The players who were there that day were royal pricks. Many's the time I'd see a few shots land solidly on someone on the opposing team, only to see them duck behind a bunker and continue playing. bonusballing was the doctrine of the day for the high tech players there (the walkons, as far as I could tell, were having just as bad a time of it as my people were).
Prices: maybe the only redeeming quality. Admission (I THINK. don't quote me on this) was 20$, with paint being whatever you decided to bring. We didn't buy paint from them, but they seemed to have a pretty well stocked indoor pro shop. If you're looking for cheap paintball, this is the place.
CONCLUSION: Arena is best summed up by this: you get what you pay for. If you have a large party with your own players, and are looking to play on a low budget, then I'd highly recommend this field for its extraordinarily low prices. My experience as a walk-on was made miserable for the most part by the other players, though the miserable conditions of the fields didn't help at all. So IF you are a walk-on player like myself, or going in a small group as walk-ons, I'd advise you stay away from this place and go elsewhere.
Last edited on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at 10:03 pm PST