Portland Paintball-I'm more into OPB's woodsball then PP's indoor speedball(but I'm always willing to play). OPB has better prices and has way better refs.
Albany Outdoor Paintball-If AOP were as close to me as OPB I'd be hard pressed to decide where to spend my field kaysh, they are both so good with enforcing safety and having good reffing.
I got my intro into PB thru OPB with Bob(owner), Bish and Ben. They are all customer friendly in the store and player friendly on the field. I've played the field about half a dozen times and always enjoyed myself. There's a couple covered areas for getting out of the sun/rain/snow and also room to lounge on the grass. They have paint, co2, and hpa refills available there. There's one portapotty that gets a bit of use during the day. Before a day of balling Bob will divide the teams and try to honor requests for groups of friends to be on the same team. Since he knows his customers so well(we're a loyal bunch) he knows our skill levels pretty well and makes sure the teams are equal in number and skill. Then he gives us the safety standards and expects all of us to understand and adhere to them. Safety is a big issue at OPB and those who violate it are not tolerated. This includes everyone having to chrono. After that, it's into the woods for 5(?) acres of PB fun(which is the other thing OPB expects from its players:having fun!)
with the woods having enough tree and brush to provide good cover and trails for getting around quickly. The ground has some gently sloping hills and buildings on it. There is always a ref nearby for a paintcheck, safety enforcement or offering advice and encouragement to go out there and get your game on. OPB is the total package for any level player and is the ONLY place I'd feel comfortable with to let my soon to be teenage daughter go and play by herself. They ARE that good.
Please note that OPB is changing their field and adding a speedball course that should all be open for play by mid-Feb/early March '04. After that, it's GAME ON!
Aedonite AKA Pepsi 1
Last edited on Sunday, February 1st, 2004 at 7:22 am PST