I had high hopes when me and a few of my paintball compadres decided to head out to Blodgett's to play. I stress the fact that that sentence is written in the past tense, because I had high hopes until I opened my case of paint. I was impressed when we pulled up. The fields were nice and it is an extremely spectator friendly. Now for the review...
----Pro-Shop: Pro-shop was very nice. Stocked with all kinds of paintball accessories and accomodated filling CO2 and HP air. They have a concession stand serving hot-dogs and hamburgers and cokes and even the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game tucked away in the corner. Guys behind the counter were very friendly, though I doubt their knowledge of paintball was very high. Owner, I believe his name is Rob, was a very kind guy and even allowed us to put up a flyer of a benefit tourney we are holding this weekend.
----Paint: Paint was absolute crap. There is no way I can say that this was any good paint whatsoever. I payed sixty five dollars for a case of deformed, dimpled paint that would fly crazy and barrel break every 3 or 4 shots. I strongly believe that sixty five buck for this junk paint is an extremely ridiculous price to pay, and when a member of my group complained to the owner about the paint, all he said was that we don't have a problem with our paint.
----Prices: Field fee = $10 (includes all day air)
Paint = $65 - $90 (per case)
Fields: Blodgett's has four fields use for play; Sup-Air, Tire Field, Barrel or Concept field, and Woodball:
----Sup-Air: Sup-Air set-up was much to be desired. It was not well thought out. There were very few angles on the field, and basically just needs to be changed up. A little more thought could go into that set-up.
----Tire field: Small and packed. The field was long and narrow. Huge tires made up the bunkers and there were little to no lanes to shoot or run. Visibility on the field was low because of this.
----Barrel/Concept field: By far the best field that they have. This field played very well. Huge canisters were the main bunkers with barrel stacks and a zig-zag snake made from pipe and some tires. This field was well planned and very fun to play.
----Woodball: Being a speed ball player I can't give a fair review of the woodball field even though I did play it a few times... didn't much care for it.
Ref: Yes, you read that right. It say "Ref", not "Refs". They had one staffed ref all day, believe his name was Joe, and he seemed as if he was new to the concept of reffing. Maybe the other refs had the day off or something, I do not know, but the reffing was lacking. I ref at a local field to me, so I know what to expect out of a ref, and I must say that I was let down. The majority of our games for the day were played without him and on the honor system. Games he was present for it was as if he was a spectator allowed on field. Wiping was going on like crazy and he even allowed the "home team" to walk on a game we were almost done with and ruin it.
Overall I did have some fun at Blodgetts, but not enough to make me drive and hour and pay eighty bucks again to play. Sorry boys, but you won't see me 'round 'dem parts no more.