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a4hope Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: August 7th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Hell Survivors- The best field in the state if you don't mind using their paintballs
Field Excalibur- Good field, especially for their big games
Hole in the Wall- Has the potential to be a great field just needs to be run better
Directions
to the Field:
Take exit 66 from I-69, go south on Lansing road about a mile, turn right on McConnel road
Review: I started playing paintball at Chaos back when they first opened - about 2001/2002. I stopped playing there in 2004 because of a number of factors. However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to try them again. The field is under new ownership and it shows. The new owners have made a big difference. There are still improvements to make but I like playing there now, which I did not used to.

The proshop sells RPS paint for very reasonable prices, and by that I mean as cheap as you can get it online. They also allow you to bring your own paint for $10, or for free on certain days. All day air is $5, using a self-serve system filling 4500 psi. Field fee is a reasonable $10. The shop also has some parts and equipment for sale, along with field rental equipment. They also have the usual assortment of snacks and soda. Open play is from 12:30 to 4:30 Saturday and Sunday.

The referees do a good job of running the games but I wish they were more assertive when reminding players about safety rules.

The fields include a village, woods field, hyperball field, "junkyard"-type field, and airball when it is inflated (it wasn't when I was there). Each is a good example. The village is full of plywood buildings and a few old vehicles. The "firebase" (junkyard) field has sandbag bunkers, trenches, old cars, and plywood bunkers. The woods field is alright, with a few bunkers, but it needs to be weed wacked. There is too much undergrowth for my tastes. One criticism of all the fields is that the netting needs to be repaired or replaced on many of the fields.

The staging area has the standard assortment of spools next to the parking area. A nice bonus is that parking is plentiful and close to the fields.

The owner is usually available and was on on-site the day I was there. They have brought a change in mindset that the field really needed. The open play sessions are run much better than they used to be. The referees organize games more readily so there is less sitting around and more play. The refs also were more active during the game, responding to calls for paint checks and calling hit players out. This was the largest change I noticed from the old Chaos. It is now run the way a paintball field should be. If you are hesitant to play there because of negative reviews, I suggest that you give it a shot. For those who have played there before, give it another try. It has changed enough that I felt the need to give it a comprehensive review.

Overall I rate it a 7 out of 10 because it was a fun place to play, and with some more investment has the potential to be even better.
 

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