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Phone: 519-579-7585
Address: 69 Agnes Street
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 2E9
Canada
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SD034 Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
Just once  
Date There: July 18th, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Flag Raiders- Indoor and Outdoor
CQB
Sniper Alley

For an indoor field, not too shabby.
Directions
to the Field:
Coming from downtown on victoria street towards park, turn right onto Park St and drive until you pass the train tracks, the arena is the first large building on the right.
Review: To start off, the guys running the counter that day were awesome, friendly and courteous people. The Ref was a good man who knew what he was talking about and could hold a good conversation between rounds.

next, the layout of the building. The front entrance led into an area with the waivers and a small shop with basic paintball gear. Through the doors to the left led into the staging area, which was a unique setup.

Right out the entrance they had the register and the main desk, along with a bar of rental gear and some vintage rental markers that I was impressed with, the fill station, chrony and fridge.

On the opposite side they had the mask cleaning station, two racks with camo and vests and another small table for setup, as well as a machine that was supposed to simulate being inside a tornado. I considered trying it at the end of the day to dry out the sweat, but never got around to it.

then next section had a whiteboard with a layout of the field taped onto it. Nice spot to help formulate strategies for games. This area also had a few lounge chairs and the entrance into the arena.

The planning area and staging area were separated by a chest high wall and contained a few booths along the walls, a long center table and a few smaller tables and chairs, that I would assume would be meant for private parties.

So, after assembling our markers, my friend and I went onto the field. This was her first time playing the sport and i was thankful that it was a slower day, me and her were the only two players their for the few hours we played. I was able to go through the initial basics with her before doing one on one matches for the rest of the day.

But i digress, the field itself is by no means small. this large building is split into three separate sections, Two urban street settings, with large amounts of cover as you move through them, and a speedball course with inflatable cover.

At either end of the urban areas, there were a set of smaller arenas, more set for quick elimination rounds or 1v1 matches. The back of the field housed a wooden ship with portholes which any camper would love to exploit. The three main strips of buildings within the urban center were well made.

Dotting the field were oil drums that were made into cover, always love something that is given as cover that a big guy like me can successfully hide behind between reloads.

Now, keeping in mind what i have said about the field, i must point out a couple things that concerned me.

The field itself is dimly lit, with the netting covering the lights covered in paint and paint shrapnel, the lights are spaced throughout the field and are standard fluorescent lights, not providing a huge amount of light for the field. Now, while this wasnt much of an issue for myself, being an experienced player and loving to use shadows to my advantage, I can see this being an issue for newer players and children just starting out.

When we first went out the ref informed us that the field may be a tad slicker than usual and told use to not go full tilt till we got our footing in a few rounds, fair enough. I'm sorry to say that the ref was putting it lightly. Frankly it looked like the buildings and floor had'nt been cleaned in at least a week. More than once both me and my trainee fell flat on our rears when moving through cover. Would love to try the field again after a cleaning day.

Pricing is comparable to the other local field Flag Raiders as well as a few out of town fields i frequent. we spent just under 100 bucks for entry and paint for the few hours so all is good.

In conclusion, The Paintball Arena in Kitchener is a well built field with friendly staff and alot of promise, best way i can see of putting it is a diamond in the rough.

Cheers gents, i look forward to my next visit.
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grimcath Saturday, September 27th, 2008
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Period of
Field Use:
3 years  
Last There: June 26th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Flag Raiders, didn't like it very much, too much space between games, refs started shooting at me with a paintball gun, for no reason. When I asked him why he did it he said, No one was on the field and he was trying out a new gun he got. Of course he was lying, my friend witnessed it.
Directions
to the Field:
Google it. First link.
Review: Safety,
1.) Seen safer arenas, only since there is one ref they cannot find all the problems by them selves.
2.) Normal safety rules, such as: Mask not on in field, sit out a game, happens again sit out two, third time your done for the night. Also apples to barrel sleeves.
3.) Arena not kept the cleanest, possibility of slipping and falling, breaking your gun or hurting your self.
Prices,
1.) Half decent pricing, almost the same compared to Flag Raiders.
Food,
1.) Almost none existent, some drinks and a vending machine. Though, it is nice since it is down town so restaurants are only a 5-10 min walk there and back.
2.) Some people think they should work on this but it would only create a convenience more than anything, there are other options in the area.
Pro shop,
1.) Not sure about what I have been hearing but last time I was there they sold tanks, O-rings, Jerseys, Masks. No markers.
2.) Some word going around that they might introduce a larger, better equipped pro shop to compete with Flag Raiders.
Players,
1.) Best thing I love about this arena is on Fridays they have an age restriction, no more kids complaining about 200fps hurts to much.
2.) Having the age restriction allows the fps to be turned up, more breaks.
3.) Most people I have played with there are very nice, others are annoying little kids letting there parents handle everything. Member night I find are the best time to go, Auto-trigger allowed, so what, cheaper paint and older players out weights that I believe.
4.) A lot of people there are very nice, you would be surprised how many people you could ask to use their gun and they say, try it out!
Location,
1.) Very nice being downtown, easy to get to, easy to find good food in the area.
Refs,
1.) Most very reasonable, one game i played i hit the guy on the other team, it broke but he kept playing, I later complained to the ref and it came down to a duel between me and the guy, to determine who won the last game. Of course I won...>.>
2.) Make very fair decisions, though no ref will ever be or is perfect. People make mistakes, misjudgments but the refs decision is final.

Over all,
Nice arena, not bad pricing and very nice friendly workers. Though needs better equipped pro shop, and possibly more convenient food.
Last edited on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 6:51 pm PST
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toashted Sunday, March 16th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years  
Last There: March 15th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
The Paintball Arena Guelph
Flagraiders Indoor
Flagraiders Outdoor
FlagSwipe
Outer Limits
Review: Prices: for non-members the prices are pretty to standard to that of any other recball field. they are pretty good about giving deals on both paintballs and enterance fee to groups.
membership prices are better than most fields, and thier membership get their members onto 3 fields (2 indoor 1 outdoor). and the price to buy the membership is better than any field i have played at (probably better than any field in ontario).
prices: 8/10

staff: for the most part the staff is great and very helpful. sometimes you will get someone having a bad day, but i guess that is normal for any business. when it gets really busy it can take some time before they can help you, but its not like they drag their butts.
refs: again for the most part the refs are great, you can tell who is experienced, and who isnt, and which refs are experienced players. the two guys that reffed saturday around noon were both great, very friendly, but also dont take crap, they caught a guy shooting 50fps over and shut his gun down (guy said it spiked up after the first ref checked him when he started playing), made him use another or gave him the option of a free rental gun. game are alwasys run very quickly with little down time, and they dont just play paint wasters to make money, there are some really cool games they play that other fields dont even come close to have something similar.
staff/refs: 8/10

the field: nice big indoor field. its all one field but 4 distinct areas (urban area with buildings, castle ruins- castle wall and stuff, loading docks- have like crates and boxes and a new big ship is going in (it looks done to me but they said they just have to paint it), and the forest area- tons of wooden tree/bush shape bunkers or all shapes and sizes also has another big castle at the end of it.)
they have a good chrony range with a big counter and also has targets to shoot at (its not just a hole in a wall like some fields).
when i played saturday the field was abit gooey, but with march break im sure they had a lot of players shooting alot of paint. for the most part the field is very clean.
one thing i cant stand is the lighting, its too damn dark, sometimes it fun playing with low light, but not all the time. add more lights and brighter lights on the field and its good.
oh one other thing, holy crap in the winter its cold on the field, it used to be a curly rink but come on, put in some sort of heating system, it isnt bad when you start running around, but my fingers were always cold.
field: 7/10 (more lights, brighter lights, and heat and its 9/10)

off the field;
massive players lounge/ staging arena with tons of tables and chairs. the counter area when you pay, get paint, or anything else is huge. its nice being able to buy paint right near the field door instead of having to walk all the way back down to where you sign in.
there are windows going down the entire lounge so you can watch, and for the most part are clean to see through. the players lounge is too dark like the field, there is no way you can strip your gun down (if you drop a small piece it can be hard to find), but you can just go to the counter area where it is brighter.
there is an area right by the front door where you fill out waivers (good you people coming in dont get in the way of players and vice versa). they also have change rooms, decent wash rooms (not a 5star hotel, but good for a paintball field), and a open room just for rules (nice and quiet, huge- easily fit 40+ people in, and nice comfy chairs and couches to sit on).
the great thing is the upstairs, which also has a huge windowed viewing area, so its great for parents, or players taking a break to go up and get a birds eye view of the games. they are long party tables and other round glass tables and lots of nice chairs and couches to chill out on.
off the field:8/10 (make it brighter and its a 9/10)

all around this is a nice field, my only beef is to add more lights, and get brighter/new bulbs for the ones that are in there.

in total i give it a 7/10
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chubs18 Saturday, March 15th, 2008
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Period of
Field Use:
Just once  
Date There: March 14th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Outerlimits- outdoor(memberships are good for both places)
Maverick- indoor
Woodlands-closed
flagraiders- indoor/outdoor
All the ones in and around London
Review: I will admit before I start that I much prefer outdoor over indoor....

Well, since this winter just won't go away, I had to get out and play. After looking at the prices a buddy and I decided to go there. When we first got ther the service was pretty good. We were taken care of right away and they gave us the breifing. We found a table and started to gear up. The staging area is huge which is good but the lighting is terrible!!! There is no way I would strip a gun in that lighting. After taking our money they then told us they had no HPA fill station, so we had to run over to flagraiders and fill up then come back. There were lots of people there and only one ref in the games. The chrony area was manned by the only ref (part time) so it took us awhile to actually get chrony'd in. The games were fun and veried greatly so you wouldn't get bored.

The field was medium size and lots of buildings and bunker areas. The flooring is concrete with outdoor carpet on top.(not very forgiving on feet, knees, or elbows when going down.) Most indoor fields I have played on pressure wash or atleast squeegee the floor periodically. This place did not look like it had been cleaned ever!!! You have no footing in this place and can not run full out for fear of slipping.

Games were quick and veried as I mentioned and there was not much down time between games. This was the best part of the night. With only one ref, who stood at the entrance only, there was no paintchecks so it is pretty much the honour system when you are hit. I was disappointed with the members of this field too. I have been to several different fields for 18 years and try to help newbies out and promote the game safely and fairly. They did not do this. The ref pretty much let them control the field and let them run wild on the newbies. They chronied in at the 250 limit and then went back to staging area and I saw atleast one of them up his vel. There was a group of people there that had obviously not played much and these so called members just lit them up. They got discouraged and left fairly early in the night. My buddy and I left shortly later aswell.

Out of a possible 10
-1 for lighting
-2 for only one ref
-1 for no HPA(or atleast not telling us before)
-1 for the members
-1 for no food
-1 for no proshop
-1 for cleanliness
-1 for staffing

+1 for the cost
+1 for the game variation

=3


I did get my paintball fix for the week though.
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S.D.C. Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month  
Last There: November 28th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Directions
to the Field:
google it
Review: Good- not a bad field design
- lots of room to sit and/or prepare for a game
- I didnt see any rental gun jams or problems (i was using my own gun tho)
- exeptional game types (other than when we had like 40 people and we played defend the wall so we had 20 people that couldnt fit against wall crouded behind it)


Bad- I didnt see the refs do any paint checks when we needed them to
- its way too dirty (so much so that in my first match i slipped on some soupe and knocked off my sight rail, i guess is wasnt tight enof but i wasnt expecing to fall on it)
-the girl their only cared about getting home
- I had to wait through almost 2 matches for someone to fill my tank
- velocity should be set at atleast 250 even for newbs but it's at an extreme 230 max
- the rental that my friend was using was set at 180fps!!
- the paint didnt fit my barrel as well as i hoped it would (i think its cuz its a bit chilly in there
- obviosly no pro shop of any kind
- no friggan food (vending machine was broken and i dont wanna eat that junk anyway
- I saw a member go in there, play one match, and then get kicked for the day cuz he argued with sum first timer that cheated (I would have been pissed at him too)
- paint was pre opened wich may have caused the bad fit
- oh and I payed $1.00 for a friggan o ring!

All together, now that I look at my list, this place wasnt great, but it was still paintball, and was still fun. I definatly wont be returning any time after the end of winter tho, cuz outdoor trumps this place in every way (cant wait for wasaga weekends!).

4out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at 4:45 pm PST
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dbowman70 Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
6 months  
Last There: November 24th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball arena Guelph - there is a different culture, look and feel there. Scenario for The Paintball Arena Kitchener and only faster speedball at the Guelph site.
Directions
to the Field:
http://www.novicepaintball.com/ at the bottom of the page
Review: These guys don't really have a Pro Shop.
There are a ton of places to sit if you want to take a break and you can watch the games from upstairs through the windows (should be cleaned more often though).
This is an indoor field and is really big, with great props.
It's a little darker than my preference, but everone else seems to do okay, and periodically the field gets slippery.

There is always lots of fun and variety which is what it is about. Become a member, it really makes things that much cheaper if you are going to play even every other week. Without a membership, it still not a bad days play for the money.

This place got me hooked on paintball and now I'm a junky, check it out.
Last edited on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 at 4:28 am PST
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jonny q Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
1 year  
Last There: November 18th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Review: Bad experience
The place has hired a bunch of kids to do the job. The last time we were there the ref was very knowlwdgeable and friendly. This time a different story. We are a group of adults just out for a good time and we have a bunch of unfriendly kids just being rude. They were not very knowledgeable and really just made it a bad experience. When one of these kids got mad because we were being to loud and he wanted to speek he had accually told us to "shut the F**k up". We (a group of 16) will NOT be going back.
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japck Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
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Period of
Field Use:
Just once  
Date There: August 11th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
None.
Directions
to the Field:
mapquest it
Review: The field is very small. The refs are helpful. I lopve playing here because there are so many place to hide. Prices are good. tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
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paintballfan78 Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years  
Last There: July 22nd, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Flag raiders, shoot to splatter, sgt.splater, area 51, paintball city
Directions
to the Field:
google
Review: Dont get me wrong I love this place, I think it is the best ALL AROUND indoor field.
But they need to clean clean clean, I know it is very busy but it is getting to the point that i dont want to go untill they clean the place.

I am a diehard paintball arena guy, i am a member and i will probobly never paintball anywhere elts but please Hal, get the guys to clean a little more.

when the place is clean i give it a 9/10 but because it is very dirty i give it a 6-7/10

just not as fun as usual

no hard fealings guys
Last edited on Friday, July 27th, 2007 at 4:42 pm PST
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TIPPYMANN80 Sunday, June 17th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
3 years  
Last There: May 25th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
flag raiders indoor
Directions
to the Field:
69 agnes street
Review: First off i love this place yeah the guages are set a little lower but,who cares. The refs are knowledgable and friendly and the scenario games are fun and they got rid of the sand and put in some nice turfish stuff. prices are 10$ for 90 why not 100? c02 is cheap about 25 c. they don't have the largest lounge area to fix or tweak your gun i felt a little crammed. NOTE: for all of you players with elec. guns you are only allowed to use you electro. marker after 7 pm or on friday night hose fest.


IN CONCLUSION: this place is great there are a few minor problems but what ever.
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