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Fuchi Friday, October 31st, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Bellows Recreational Field
Review: This is the field where my son & I were first introduced to the game of paintball (by a family friend and fellow paintball player) and fell in love with the sport.

The field has been divided into three different types of fields, a Hyperball field, a Mound / Barricade field, and an Air inflatable bunker field and also the players are divided by skill levels, Rental / Beginner; Walk-on Intermediate; and Advanced / Tourney. This lets you play with others who are on supposedly on the same level. All of the fields have been netted off for viewer and non player safety. Just remember to be careful where you park, because the occasional stray does make it over the net and into the parking lot, especially around the Air field.

There is a lunch-wagon that shows up sometime around noon on Saturdays and Sundays when the field is open,. The lunch-wagon had some good food and it was nice and hot too. The field store does sell bottled water at the field store, and a few times they grilled some hot-dogs and gave them away to the players. Now that was way above and beyond for sure!

They rent out Tippmann Model 98's along with the mask/goggles and even an ammo belt with twin pod pouch pack. Which is a nice feature, at least to me, and one that I found handy when I first started playing and had to rent my equipment.

They seemed to run a very professional field, with knowledgeable Refs and plenty of them per game. They have a lot of parking and some on site canopy tents, tables, benches and chairs, but get there early because the go fast.

The field itself does not sell paint, but does have a vendor who does at reasonable prices too. They also allow the use of non field paint, unless you are renting. In that case you must purchase paint from the on site vendor.

Overall I enjoyed playing there, but it just was not my style of play. I like to play in the woods. While the employees and staff were always cordial they did not seem to be outgoing with newbies. I just did not get that "welcome home" feeling, but they were always very professional and quick to respond to field/safety type questions. Any question concerning marker purchasing was directed to the paintball vendor or another player.

Games were announced over a loudspeaker and the games were spaced out about every 15 to 20 minutes or so apart, just enough time to wipe off your gear, reload your pods, hit the porta potty and grab a drink of water. They even have running water for washing your equipment and even yourself which is a nice feature and one I did not expect.

Refs were easy to identify and as stated earlier there were more than enough on the field to ensure a safe game. They were extremely professional, no BSing between Refs and players during the game and they had all their attention on the current game. Paintball checks were answered immediately, and no forward movement was allowed till the Ref gave the call (between the disputed players). Safety was a number one priority and you could tell by their actions.

All rental and walk-on semi-auto markers were choreographed/set at 285 fps or below and they do not allow full auto or burst firing modes.

I've heard that the field is open for private or reserved rental games during the week (Monday through Friday), but have not had a chance to check that out. The field is normally open on Saturday and Sunday and most holidays (9:00 am to 4:00 pm).

Although I have not played here recently I usually stop by and watch a few games whenever I do not have time to play.

The pros definitely outweigh the cons at this field. Even though I do not like to play tourney style and think the staff could have been a bit more outgoing/friendlier to newbies, this field runs like clockwork, the employees are very professional and the field is set up for some fast and furious games. I'm going to rate this as a ten, which is way above the field where I normally play.









 

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