Wildwood PB -- When Wildwood was still open, I would have gone there any day over Freedom. Unfortunately, Wildwood is no longer open.
Force of Nature PB's field started out as a great one. It was the first paintball field I had ever been to and this was the place I first place I ever played at. This was 5 years ago. Today, the field is under slightly different ownership. David Morgan, the original owner of Force of Nature, joined forces with a guy named Bob and changed the business to "Eightball Paintball."
Within a few months, David left FON and now Bob owns it. Bob is a very nice guy. He is very knowledgeable and polite, but his staff is not. What was left of the local FON became Freedom Paintball, which is located very close to the original FON store. However, the field has never been moved and has seen very little change. The only thing that remains of FON is their website and forums. A little history lesson.
The field shows signs of its immense age with nails coming out of the bunkers, dangerous trenches, and bunkers that are really about to fall apart. The field never really gets much attention. The entire field is a risk to its players, and the waiver forms, in my opinion, are a signature for you to get injured - so I avoid playing there now.
I have played there for a long time and recently, a lot less. The refs and people working out there have always been sarcastic, rude, obnoxious, and never seemed to show concern for any players. They would shoot at each other on normal days at the staging area, no masks, no nothing. Great example for the new players. They also found it incredibly fun to stack the teams unevenly and go newby-bashin. But as we all know, this makes people not want to play anymore.
Gun rentals are very damaged, and not well taken care of. Field fee is $10. All-day Air is an additional $10. Air is always a problem here also. Always runs low on Sundays. Field Rentals with all day air is between $25-$35. Then you add some of that expensive paint they sell for $70-$80 a case. I remember last year Wildwood charged $15 for field fee and air was included. And Wildwood had $5 days once every two or three months.
There are the original 3 fields to play on: Capital, Deathstar, and Pentagon. As well as a sad "speedball" field. THe speedball field mentioned is actually made of tall sheets of ply-wood measuring probably about 8 feet by 8 feet. The bunkers lean a lot, so its really not fair or fun depending on where you're at on the field. Newer players get bunkered, so be careful. There are also a lot of trees on the speedball field, not my style of speedball.
The original three are OK to play on, but be cautious. There is rumor of a new hyperball field also, I don't have the info on that one though.
If you absolutely have to play, and you have to play here, bring your own gear. If you play here by yourself, and want to have a decent time, you'll be spending about $60-$100 easily.
What once started out as a field drawing over 60 people on a Saturday, now draws less than 20. I feel bad for everyone in the Fayetteville / Ft. Bragg area.
The Freedom PB store is also an eyesore to players. The inventory is microscopic and the prices are so inflated, that its a wonder the store hasn't popped, yet. A very terrible selection of markers and gear, and backorders aren't realiable. They charge you extra if you backorder something they don't have in stock. The list of problems with this company goes on and on.
I am not just giving this field a level-1 review because I'm dissappointed completely, I am leaving a level-1 because there is not a number lower than that.
But take heart Fayetteville, your paintball savior is coming.... I promise....
Last edited on Monday, January 5th, 2004 at 6:45 pm PST
Nah man hes right there field and store really does sucks, they rip people off so bad in there prices i mean wildwood was only 10 if u brought your own paint and smith lake (freedoms field) is 20$ and plus 15 more if u want paint and there store....im not even going to start on that.