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pntballer45 Monday, July 19th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: July 16th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Cousins Paintball, High Velocity Indoor, High Velocity Outdoor, Obnoxious Indoor
Review: Ok I just want to preface this review with one thing. I have been playing paintball for a long time, and I have read this site for reviews and used it for quite some time, but never registered to leave a review until now. My experience at Island Paintball Arena has forced me to leave a review after about 6 or 7 years of playing paintball.

I had extremely high hopes going in. The field itself looked pretty nice and big, and the the staging area is nice and big. With that said, Island Paintball Arena is THE WORST paintball field I have ever played on. I can't even begin to put into words how awful this place is. I will not stoop to leaving rude remarks about the people that work there about their physical stature, but I will try to be as objective as possible when I list the following reasons that Island Paintball Arena is so terrible.

1. The Referees - This field uses 2 refs in a game, the least I have seen in an indoor game, usually at least 3 or 4 are used at other fields. In both instances, the refs seemed to stay away from the action and not once checked a player to see if they were hit. I literally watched a teamate shoot another player in his arm and gun, and the player who was hit continued to fire back and did not leave the field of play. The ref standing off to the side of him did not attempt to do anything. At one point, one of the refs was eating pizza in the back of the field while the game was going on. The Refs also gave preferential treatment to other players that they knew, or worked there. They made the teams uneven and put players of less experience all together instead of splitting them up.

2. No Gun Regulation - Not one persons marker was chronographed before being played. I witnessed some of the worst welts I have ever seen on a persons body from shots they took from across the field. I myself have taken some bad welts from being bunkered before, but I had welts that were worse from getting hit from over 50 feet away. I played with two different guns that day and I was not asked to chrono my gun once.

3. The field itself - It is excessively dark. It is hard to see from one side of the field to the other because the lighting is so bad. From the far side looking over, your opponents look like silhouettes because of the light coming in from the windows in the back is stronger than the overhead lighting.

4. Players - about 50% of the players seemed to either be people who worked their or who were regulars. Most of them were pretty nice, some were very rude though. Alot of my teammates were bonus balling and hunkering inexperienced players. Just wasn't a very good atmosphere for some of the newbies that came to the field.

5. Safety - On multiple occasions, players were walking off the field without barrel covers. I accidentally did this once myself and wasn't not told anything until one of my buddies pointed it out when we were sitting down.

Overall this is a very sad establishment. I am surprised there aren't more bad reviews, but it is obvious I am not the only one who feels this way. I would not recommend this place to anyone, especially someone who is new to the sport, because this place will definitely turn them off from ever playing again.
 

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