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StarfuryTH Saturday, August 13th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 23rd, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Action Paintball - cheaper, fewer amenities, more trees, lower quality rentals
Review: Played here with some friends for the first time recently. We had a great time and will definitely be going back.

1) Safety
Safety and supervision is good here. First timers are required to sit in on a safety briefing going over the basics, and the refs keep a good eye out for anyone violating the safety rules. In addition to the basic safety rules, in beginner games you're required to demand surrender from anyone closer than 15ft. This cuts down on little kids and such getting bunkered and going home with really nasty welts and a bad view on the sport.

2) Fields
This park is more speedball oriented than Action Paintball. That said, field selection is great here. There are multiple airball fields and several other fields with miscellaneous bunkers, including a big junkayrd field with a fort at one end. The fields are maintained well enough, and the bunkers are spaced well. The non-airball fields are not symmetrical, and therefore not entirely even, but you switch sides after each match which helps to keep everyone happy.

3) Hours
9-4 Saturday/Sunday. No complaints.

4) Prices
$40 Renter's package, $20 self-equipped, $5 all day air. Entry is a little higher than, say, Action PB, but worth the slight difference. Their selection of balls is much better though, which can help cut costs. Unlike Action PB, Capital Edge has a wide selection of paintball to choose from, all of which are rotated regularly and kept in a temperature controlled environment. I picked up a case of their Draxxus Silver for $65, iirc, and it was in pretty good shape. Much better quality for the price than Action PB.

5) Rules
Rules are typical. Keep your mask on at all times when on the fields, barrel socks and safeties on when exiting the fields. They also have the "no bunkering" rule for beginners. Velocity is capped at something like 280fps. Games are standard speedball skirmish type, although towards the end of the day they usually run an 'everone vs beginners' game where all of the beginners try to make it through the junkyard field and touch the fort while the outnumbered intermediate/advanced players try to defend. An amusing game, although the defenders go through a lot of paint.

6) Services
I'm not really sure what services they may offer as far as gun repair goes, but I'd wager they'd be able to fix anything Spyder related if asked, seeing as their rental lineup is mostly Spyders.

7) Pro Shop
I don't think they have much in the way of parts, aside from typical soft parts like o-rings and hopper elbows. I could be wrong though, I just haven't seen anything to suggest otherwise.

8) Staff/Refs
The staff is friendly and efficient. They keep an eye on everyone for safety and do a good job refing the games. They also try to keep the downtime short to maximize game time, which I really liked. You go out, play a couple rounds, come back to reload, refill, and hydrate, then they call you right back out. They make sure the breaks aren't too short, but also aren't too long.
Another note, one of the owners even remembered my name by the end of the day. An impressive feat with over 40 people there that day. Can't say I remember his. The family-owned nature of the business definitely shows in their friendliness.

9) Players
Most players that come to Capital Edge are beginners, which is not a bad thing. The staff tries to separate the beginners from the intermediate/advanced players to make things more fair and to make sure everyone has a good time. If there aren't many intermediate players ready to play, they'll phase them into the beginner games as long as they go easy on the beginners.

10) Facilities/Food
Bathrooms are port-a-potties, but they were clean and sanitary when I was there. They sell hot dogs, basic drinks, and sometimes pizza for lunch. The setup tables are plentiful and shaded. They have both 3k and 4500 psi fill stations, although the 3k was turned down to 2500 when I was there.


Overall, I give this park an 8. No real complaints, although a couple more field variants would be fun, and some trees might be nice.
 

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