Danger Zone (Many years ago... don't know what has changed)
Fields in Yakima/Tri-Cities
Several friends and myself decided it would be fun to go paintballing again, as none of us had been in over 5 years. So, we dusted off our equipment and headed out for a day at the field.
First impressions: TONS of people were at the field. There were groups of junior-high girls and boys using rentals all the way to "sponsored" players with their sleek Matrices and Protos. There were probably ~100 people there when we arrived at noon on a Saturday. There is adequate parking close to the fields, so you can keep your gear in the car if you want. The staging areas are decent and covered, but they fill rapidly with other folks' stuff.
The "proshop," as some have noted, isn't much to speak of. Basically a trailer filled with rental guns. I bought half a case of field paint, one bag of which had breaks in it. They switched it no problem, although the paint was VERY hard to break- I couldn't break it by throwing it on the ground nor smashing it against my gun. They did have some food and drinks. Paper towels were also on hand to clean stuff up (which I needed a lot of- see below).
Fields are alright- your typical fare. There is a hill course (top almost always wins), airball, and "urban" course filled with cars, spools, pallets and random junk, and a small "sniper" course (3-5 people go hide and others try to find them). Walk-ons circulate through the different fields throughout the day. THERE WAS MUD. It was a showery day, and there was probably 6-10 inches of water and mud over all flat field surfaces. Expect to get messy.
Refs I would consider sub-par. They tried hard to evenly match the teams, but in the end everyone just played with their friends. Paintchecks took quite a while to get, so people usually didn't call for them. They basically just explained a few rules and sent us out to play- there wasn't much interaction once they started a game. There were LONG pauses between games- usually 10-15 minutes or so, and lots of walking between fields. We were there for 4 hours but only got 7 games in. Kinda lame. Furthermore, there is something a little comical about having 14-15 year-olds ref games by themselves. That only happened once, but it was a little disconcerting.
The most disappointing event of the day occurred when I shot a player from 15-20 feet away, and he refused to acknowledge the hit, saying I was too close and violated the "surrender or die" rule. Our argument quickly escalated to shouting, and ended after he emptied his Matrix on me at point-blank (sadly, I'd already shot most of my hopper and couldn't respond in kind). The player, sponsored by the field, was asked to sit out _one_ game. The guy managing the field (his name may have been Mario) came and apologized and heard both sides, so props to them for that. I realize it was partially my fault for not just walking away, but the whole episode left me with a rather negative feeling about the way "home" players treat guests. Be advised of with whom you are playing.
Prices are typical- 10 for entry, 10 for air, 26 for 1/2 a case, 55 for a full case.
Overall, I didn't hate the field, and would consider going back.
Last edited on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 5:39 pm PST