My first trip to gator was in 2009. it was my first time playing in FL. It was very hot, mid sumer, and my gun stopped working and i had no back up nor did i have money to rent. so i cut my trip short with a bad taste in my mouth. I later tried Orbital in tampa, which was unorganized and thier rentals were in poor shape. Next up was Hi-tec, great rental condition, cool fields, nice people. I did find them unorganized as there usually was only 1 ref.I went to play the day after Christmas, and found that only Gator was open. they are almost an hour away, but i wanted to shoot some jerks! My firend and i treked up there, and had a great time! not the rentals werent the greatest( Piranhas) but i got plenty of people out. good prices on rentals, i think it was 25 to rent, 10 for air and then sever al priced for paint, from 45-60. dont quote me on the prices though. They were also topen on my birthday when Hi-tech was not, points to Gator. i recent lu played in their Scenario game The Generals Cup. Hands dow it was the most fun i have ever had, his name escapes me now, but the head ref was amazing, he looked like Gotrek for the warhammer slayer books for those of you who dont know here is a pic http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Dargon76/Gotrek.jp g. THE owner, Tim i belive is his name is always positive nad helpful. they have a god pro-shop, and REAL bathrooms. the fields are great, the Trailers one is my favorite. The Generals CUp was fantastic, it stretched across all the fields, detailed maps were provided, about 150 people showed, pretty great in todays economy. My general's name was Chester, a very serious paintball player, he was rough and mean and expected us to jump when he said so. Half way through the day we were losing badly, it was hot, i almost threw up i had been pressing so hard. there were hourly missions to complete, items to find for points and control points called HOTIs to take. i wont go into detail about them as i dont know if they are Gators own idea or not. It was absolutely amazing, some people even printed out mini maps in color and laminated them and i bought for a dollar. They gave out awards at the end and raffle prizes from t-shirts to markers. Strict rules and spot on refs made everything go smoothly and provided a fair game. MUCh love to Hog WIld, Panthers Elite, Doom Troopers, an the rest of the guys on my team. Everyone did an amazing job. Also on the Enemy team, the War Machine team were amazing, using primarily pump guns, and they were terrific sports, my firend i went with and i were actually given the good sportsman award from thier leader, who was also the enemy General, pretty great honor.i 100% recommend Gator Paintball
I was visiting out of town for Christmas and New Years. My 9 year old son and I have been playing together for over a year and love the sport. We brought all out gear from SC to play with my 13 year old brother in law. We stay in Spring Hill and Gator Paintball is the closest to my in-laws home.
We drove out to the field on Friday (12/31/10) to check it out before our walk-on Saturday game. Luckily, there was a reserved party playing so we were able to check out the fields and watch some play. The owner wasn't there but a younger guy was reffing and managing the game. He was very professional and very nice. He offered to walk me and my 9 year old son and 13 year old brother in law on a tour of the fields. I asked some questions and he nailed the answers.
On Saturday, 1/1/11, we arrived at 930am. The owner is top knotch! Prices are well below average. We paid 45 bucks for a case of mid grade paint. 10 dollar field fee and 5 dollars for all day HPOA or co2! He also has a shop with pretty much anything you would need if something broke. Prices were average, not inflated. Food is cheap.
Refs and safety are A+. The refs go above and beyond duty to make the game enjoyable.
The fields are good. Lots and lots of woodsball/urban warfare to play. I really love their "Big Games" which I will recommend to my local fields owners.
Their big games are 30 minutes, two man reaspawn capture the flag games. Covering a good bit of ground and were ran well by the refs.
It was obvious that that the guys playing upped their FPS after chrono but that happens. I fully recommend this field and will be back @ Spring Break.
Genesis (Formerly FrontLine) Great owners, small field since they moved....great speedball!!!
Kohns Great staff, great speedball, woodsball fields are way too big, covered in cow poo and way overgrown.
Blitzkrieg We spent literally 10 mins there and left after seeing their "fields" and meeting their "staff" (cough cough)
Directions to the Field:
US 19 North, Just past Little Rd. Make a right on Houston Ave. and follow it down, will be on the right once the road goes to dirt
Let me begin by giving you fine folks my background.... I have been playing this game for 15 years. I was a ref at Thunder Bay for 5 years, played with Counter Productive and Strange. I reffed 2 semi-finals leading to the world cup Orlando. That being said, seeing some of the comments that speak negatively of this field are obviously from competition. Yes, Bernie (referred as "the old guy previously") is very strict, but ALL players have to remember, safety is a HUGE issue. I play there 2-3 times a month, and players seem to have "forgetful moments", more at this field than I have ever seen. Unless you are regulars like we are, he has to think you're a new player, and even at that, he still sometimes gives us the deal. If you actually take the time to get to know the staff, they are actually pretty cool. Tim is a great owner, he runs a great operation. ALL players seem to forget that you are on THEIR PROPERTY, which equals, if you have issues, its a simple fix, buy some land, bunkers and everything else involved with paintball and start a field. It rained in the am today, so Bernie let his refs go, considering it was only our team there, letting us have full control of our play. After some time, alot more players showed up, leaving Bernie to ref alone. He did a great job, and towards the end of the day, I helped him ref a couple games, which he graciously thanked me for.
The fields:Airball, cant say anything positive to be honest (always deflated)
Hyperball: Absolutely the best, well put together
Trailers: Fun, but a little hairy, considering the fact you could get waxed under the trailer
GhostTown Graveyard, Fun field, not my fav, but it is fun to play on (take the far side ;)
Vietnam Village: GREAT woodsball field, for those that didnt learn in the brush before xball, airball was invented, give it a whirl, its fun.....and theres nothing inflatable.
Hilldago(excuse my spelling, it was named after a young man who played there, but tragically died in a boating accident, that was a reg at the field) This is one of my favs, you cant do more than 6 on 6, but try it out, its fun and intense. Its a grass field with a western feel ( ie, hay bails, outhouses, and stuff like that)
Prices are good, especially now, buy a case and pay no air/field fees....55 bucks top for the day.
Real poopers, no JiffyJohns
Hot dogs for lunch, that are pretty tasty, if you like lips and a••holes.
Overall its a great field, 1 of 2 our team will play at.
Last edited on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 at 9:39 am PST
Great Field...was there for a two day game. Staff was friendly and to the point. Could not of asked for better Refs. Owner was cool about all of us camp all over his front yard. The price of the camping and paint was OK not to high. Safety is on the tope of the list here. The lay out of this field is so far one of the best I have been to. The old cars all over and bunkers all over a lot of cover. $escapedfinalstring
Legends- great field. Great for large parties, because there is not enough people that go.
Orbits- Never been planning on going soon.
Blitz krieg- Great woods ball and air ball.
Directions to the Field:
From tampa. 54 to little road, to hudson, there is a sign with pasco repair(on that road).
Great fields and diversity of game types. Field has about 5 woods ball fields. Air ball has about 3, including new city field. 24 hour games are fun but can be boring at times. People that go there are nice and usually willing to help.
Manager needs attitude check(the older man), freaks out over littlest things, although i understand safety, he brought over the top by calling a meeting,(interrupting are play time) to tell us we need barrel covers. Shop is over price as every paintball place. Refs need to lesson to players wants, they like to do what they like or what there told to do. Food is pretty much garbage (only hot dogs). Gillie suit rule, is the dumbest thing i've ever heard. The rule is that a single paintball bounce or pop automaticly gets u out.
I go here only because of the field an the people. 6-10
Last edited on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 8:37 pm PST
Blitzkreig-one of the best
jungle games- ok if you dont plan to play very much
orbital-i liked the castle other wize terrible
I understand that at everyfield safty is important but while you were waiting for games if you were standing over a made up line one of the employes made and you didnt have your mask on you would get yelled at and that was ubsurd i mean inside the field i can understand
I loved the fields they were great with really good bunkers
The refs were really nice besides the first thing i talked about
The rest areas were nice but you need most were far away from fields
I will start this as positive. Prices are resonable, proshop is decent, and everyone is pretty nice. And if your a woodsballer, this is probably the best in the tampabay area. Vietnam village is great, the hyperball is cool, and the trailers there allow many scenarios. We played a swat / atk/defend game that was awesome. The compressed air i think actually damaged my 2 carbon tanks. as i have a fairly new 4500 that it wouldnt get past 3300 the first time and upon going back later, got to 4000 but then mysteriously caused the stem to start leaking. My 3000 psi tank went to 3k on the first try but also began leaking.
Ok the i am pissed negative.. I really have to question the referees at this place, and while they tried to explain their position i sure have to heavily disagree. First issue my son and a fellow adult player tagged an opposing player who then was witnessed wiping. Not a ref to be found to do something about it, and when brought up to the refs they said it was too late, so i told owner and he promptly told the refs to keep an eye out. So i later found some fellow air force people who confirmed that they saw this same kid wiping paint all day.
Second issue, i got called out on what i know was blind fire shot i protested. Ref came to me after the game to fully explain what "blind fire" is, and how he was standing there and saw exactly how the person was holding there gun and everything. I have played this game since 1992 so i am all to certain what blind fire is. I said to the ref why would i expect you to do anything since he didn't do anything with the person wiping paint. Of course because my son was 12 and the "wiper" was 17+ he wanted more "witnesses" and for me to get the proof. Cant prove it once he wiped it off, other than i told him that he was going against 3 other adults, of which 2 were active military members who also witnessed him.
These 2 incidences, i can only attribute to the fact that those 2 ppl were locals and we of course were not.
Now my son is almost 12 and i am trying to teach him to play fair, but these were 2 pretty blatant issues the refs basically refused to look at. I want to go back because i love the field but i just dont know. Basically i have found that the fields geared more towards speedball have way better refs, while the woodsball places have horrible refing.. see my feedback on jungle games..
This place is not in the middle of nowere so thats a plus. The fields are great and have quite a variety... a nice hyperball like 2 airball and huge woods courses like ghost town and my favorite vietnam(tho my team got smoked that game). the refs and the owner couldnt of been more nice yet they were big on barrel pluugs and masks on which is a good safety precoution.There were some really good players some average and some newbies. youll be fine no matter what. They combine fields sometimes to make a "BIG GAME" as the owner calls it and it is quite big if i say so myself lol. which they play 3 man respawn during that which is when you wait for 3 men on your team do get hit(or woman.. gosh) overall you just need to come here even if you dont like woodsball type fields theres 2 airball and 1 hyperball to fit your needs but still just try the vietnam field once for me! THERES a BIG TRENCH IN IT! i give it a 9 because 10 is quite impossible in my mind unless there were a buffet line there as well and it was all indoors(yea right 30 acres in doors haha!)
thunder bay(when they were still opened)
2 renegade fields in pinellas park
Directions to the Field:
um.....in hudson, you know ;)
I don't normally do reviews but thought i'd clear up some of the crap posted here. this will not be a biased review at all like some of the others shown here.
First of all, this is truely a great field to play at with all the different fields they have. 3 airball, a very large hyper, a smaller urban, graveyard and the decent size woods in the back. another thing i was impressed with is they run speedball and woodsball at the same time so you have a choice of playing one or the other or both all day.
This was my favorite field in this area until they raised the price $10(from $15 byop to $25 byop) maybe a year and a half ago. with the cost of gas, even though it's a great field, it's not worth all the travel time and extra gas money for me to go there now. this is why i now just play at a nicely organized local renegade field instead. cleaning my markers because i was using some crappy warped field paint that was sitting in a hot trailer for a couple weeks just isn't my idea of having fun. not to say that their paint is this way but has been my general consensus of field paint in general for quite a few years now.
Now that that's out of the way, the last couple times i did go there the road leading to the field was flodded. if i had a truck it wouldn't have been too bad but running a car through the basically, river across the road, sucked. the wooded area in the back of the field was flooded as well. not much woods play those visits. i don't play, nor am i interested in airball. otherwise, before those couple of visits, i had a truely great time using all of the available fields there.
Though i'm a bit perturbed because he raised the prices, tim seems like a real nice person, asking and making sure people were having a good time there. mixing with the players in an admirable manner. the person i didn't enjoy so much was the grouchy old fella with the new york accent(um.....what's his name). somewhat an obnoxious old geeser with a attitude lol. the staff on the other hand always seems to have a good attitude. their attention to their reffing duties were what i would consider, mediocre but then again, i think most refs period are mediocre. attentive but not excessive which isn't too bad i suppose.
The fields attention to safety was pretty good. the only thing i didn't like was that the chronographs were pretty messed up the last couple times i went there. i ended up using my hand held chronograph instead. hopefully those are fixed by now.
I liked the fact that they had 3000psi and 4500psi fill stations and you can fill your own tanks rather than waiting in line for some sluggish staff member to fill it for you like some other fields in the area. the 4500psi station actually fills to 4500 as well. the habitual, "well......it's just not filling to 4500 today" comment seems redundant in this area for some reason.
OK, other than the raised prices if you byop, the flooded dirt road and back field and the grouchy old guy, this field truely has great potential. you have a choice of what type of game you want to play. the fields are well laid out and there are enough of them to keep your whole day pretty damned interesting. i would certainly not deter anyone from trying it out. if i lived closer i may not even have any reservations about the price hike. $30 to drive there and back, plus quality paint and the $25 entry fee just isn't worth it to me. renegade it is.
Last edited on Sunday, August 12th, 2007 at 11:35 am PST