I worked at three different paintball fields during and immediately after high school, then a store and website for a couple years. Haven't worked in the industry for about 5 years but I still play.
I've played for 10 years at many fields all over the the US and once in Europe.
When I arrived at The Land Paintball I walked into the shop to find a cop grilling the manger about an incident the week before, apparently someone had filed a complaint about severe welts and the owner was not responding to phone calls from the police. This was the first red flag and I should I have left then before paying.
When it came time to pay admission and purchase my paint none of the prices quoted to me where the same as those advertised, mostly lower, but still annoying when trying to plan ahead and figure out how to spend your money. The paint was good and appeared to have been properly stored, they do have 4500 psi fills and plenty of M98 rentals for those who need them.
Once I was geared up and ready to play I followed signs to the chrono but it was not there. I asked two different employees three times for access to a chrono and each time I was told to someone else would chrono me. I was never chronographed, which lends some credence to the police complaint I overheard. I also never was asked to sign a waiver so I suspect the field is uninsured.
So now I've given up on finding a usable chrono (they had 3 of them in the shop but no one would let me use one, I checked myself with my handheld) and I make my way to the woods ball field. When I walk into the safe area someone who 10min earlier told me he was an off duty ref is walking around with no barrel cover, carelessly pointing his at barrel face level while cleaning and loading paint.
About twenty minutes later, while playing my 1st game I made my way up a fifteen foot hill that forms the north boundary only to find a freeway with no netting, or boundary markings.. I was later told you are only allowed to go 5ft up the hill but there are no boundary markings and this rule isn't written anywhere. Now I'm beginning to wonder if this area is zoned to allow this.
I was there for a total of about four hours but only managed to get three games in. This was mainly because while there where 4-5 self-proclaimed refs there, only one was working. I use them working loosely too, he really didn't seem to care about getting people on the field, or much of anything else and was wearing nothing to indicate he was a ref. Then about half way through the day a private group showed up... When you run a field with one woods field that's built for long games, you can't run two groups, especially with only one ref.
I should mention this was an account of my second visit, my 1st visit was a few months ago, There was only a handful of people playing then and I didn't stay for very long so I couldn't get a good feel for the field. That time I was chrono'd by a ref with a hand held.
Too Long/Didn't Read
Website advertises 5-man Speedball Field, 3-man Plastic Field and a Woodsball Field that supports over 100 players. But there is only one field, it's a woods field that could support 20-30 people tops.
The field is close to the city but the games take too long and there is only one field so you'd be better off traveling and hour or so to a good field. Even with the extra hour of travel you'll still get a lot more play time.
Poor safety, don't send or take children to this field. Experienced, safe, adult players only. .
+ You can bring your own paint
+ Close to Columbus
- Poor service, not rude, just clueless.
- Poor safety standards.
- Amateur/bad referees/guides.
- Website advertises 3 fields but there is only 1
- Little to no proshop
The field would be an 8 easily if they get their advertised speedball fields up and hire two or three proper refs to keep an eye on safety and keep games moving. It's sad that such simple things can completely ruin a potentiality good field. Maybe if the owner realizes that more people playing more games with less down-time means more money then they'll fix it. Until then it's a 3
Edited for grammar
Last edited on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 8:11 pm PST