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SD034 Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 18th, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Flag Raiders- Indoor and Outdoor
CQB
Sniper Alley

For an indoor field, not too shabby.
Directions
to the Field:
Coming from downtown on victoria street towards park, turn right onto Park St and drive until you pass the train tracks, the arena is the first large building on the right.
Review: To start off, the guys running the counter that day were awesome, friendly and courteous people. The Ref was a good man who knew what he was talking about and could hold a good conversation between rounds.

next, the layout of the building. The front entrance led into an area with the waivers and a small shop with basic paintball gear. Through the doors to the left led into the staging area, which was a unique setup.

Right out the entrance they had the register and the main desk, along with a bar of rental gear and some vintage rental markers that I was impressed with, the fill station, chrony and fridge.

On the opposite side they had the mask cleaning station, two racks with camo and vests and another small table for setup, as well as a machine that was supposed to simulate being inside a tornado. I considered trying it at the end of the day to dry out the sweat, but never got around to it.

then next section had a whiteboard with a layout of the field taped onto it. Nice spot to help formulate strategies for games. This area also had a few lounge chairs and the entrance into the arena.

The planning area and staging area were separated by a chest high wall and contained a few booths along the walls, a long center table and a few smaller tables and chairs, that I would assume would be meant for private parties.

So, after assembling our markers, my friend and I went onto the field. This was her first time playing the sport and i was thankful that it was a slower day, me and her were the only two players their for the few hours we played. I was able to go through the initial basics with her before doing one on one matches for the rest of the day.

But i digress, the field itself is by no means small. this large building is split into three separate sections, Two urban street settings, with large amounts of cover as you move through them, and a speedball course with inflatable cover.

At either end of the urban areas, there were a set of smaller arenas, more set for quick elimination rounds or 1v1 matches. The back of the field housed a wooden ship with portholes which any camper would love to exploit. The three main strips of buildings within the urban center were well made.

Dotting the field were oil drums that were made into cover, always love something that is given as cover that a big guy like me can successfully hide behind between reloads.

Now, keeping in mind what i have said about the field, i must point out a couple things that concerned me.

The field itself is dimly lit, with the netting covering the lights covered in paint and paint shrapnel, the lights are spaced throughout the field and are standard fluorescent lights, not providing a huge amount of light for the field. Now, while this wasnt much of an issue for myself, being an experienced player and loving to use shadows to my advantage, I can see this being an issue for newer players and children just starting out.

When we first went out the ref informed us that the field may be a tad slicker than usual and told use to not go full tilt till we got our footing in a few rounds, fair enough. I'm sorry to say that the ref was putting it lightly. Frankly it looked like the buildings and floor had'nt been cleaned in at least a week. More than once both me and my trainee fell flat on our rears when moving through cover. Would love to try the field again after a cleaning day.

Pricing is comparable to the other local field Flag Raiders as well as a few out of town fields i frequent. we spent just under 100 bucks for entry and paint for the few hours so all is good.

In conclusion, The Paintball Arena in Kitchener is a well built field with friendly staff and alot of promise, best way i can see of putting it is a diamond in the rough.

Cheers gents, i look forward to my next visit.
 

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