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Maynard Paintball Club Paintball Field

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Phone: 617.941.0123
Address: 183 Powder Mill Rd.
Sudbury, Massachusetts 01754
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SGTALH Monday, June 6th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once  
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Friendly Fire, Paintball Heaven...these are older, more established fields
Review: Well, I guess I get to be the first reviewer of this field. I was at Maynard paintball on their June 4th Grand Opening. I had a great day, and will probably go back again in the near future. The current lay-out of the field is a large inflatables on sand x-ball course, a large hilly woodsball course with sandbag and log bunkers, and a shorter, narrow woodsball course with the beginnings of a log fort/wall at one end. The 2 woodsball course can be merged if need be (which we did for one game). Make sure you own a barrel-bag, or you'll have to buy one for $5 here. No barrel plugs allowed. Piranha semi-auto's with yellow grips and compressed air are the rental markers.
The first hour or so started off a little slow, as few people had arrived. The referees kept games going, alternating between woodsball and speedball/x-ball. Once enough people had arrived around noon, they tried to keep 2 games going at once. The staff was friendly, and asked us what we thought about the field. The waiting area is covered, and has old shooting benches for seating. The waiting area allows players to watch the speed ball games up close. The staff plans on placing more benches later on. (the x-ball field is an old converted rifle range). Paper towels and lens spray were made available on the tables. I can't speak for the food, as I didn't have any, but it was available until about 2:30 PM in the building directly in front of the field. Parking was adequate in a dirt lot. The ref's were very visible in bright yellow jerseys, and kept games moving. They enforced surrender policies and barrel bagging.
Now, for the recommendations:
The pricing was a little high for self-equipped players. It's 4 dollars more ($29) than at Friendly Fire or Fox 4, for all day play. And, you only get 2 CO2 fills instead of all-day air like the other 2 fields. I can't complain too much, as I got a free 9 oz. fill first thing in the AM, but it's something to consider. I would also hope they consider creating a half-day fare, since some players arrived around or after noon-time.
Secondly, I believe advertising is everything. I think there may have been around 25-30 people or so anytime after 11 in the morning. Most of our woodsball games were no more than 10 on 10. Maynard paintball has a website, but I stumbled across it totally by accident while looking for fields in PBreview. I'm sure word-of-mouth will help, and I expect somewhat larger turn-outs in the future, now that a few of us daring souls paid to try a brand new field. I think a little advertising in the local paper or on other websites may help.
Thirdly, after speaking with some of the staff, I know there are plans to build another village-type field next to the speedball course. And, to further develop the small log fort/wall on the smaller woodsball field. I am a die-hard woodsball/scenario fan, so I look forward to seeing that take shape. The other fields I have mentioned are a little more well-equipped with bunkers/sheds/walls/forts, etc. I'd recommend that they expedite the building of structures in order to keep player's interest in the field, and to better justify the slightly higher price than that of the competition.

Overall, I had a great day. With a few slight improvements, this field has the potential to be great. I'm giving it an 8 for now, and will do a review update later in the summer if the field has expanded at all.
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