I have been playing paintball for over 5 years... but have only played about 4 times, so I'm far from knowing anything.
So the field is very close to the Water Front, but you really don't see much other than trees. There is no changing rooms/bathrooms/anything. This doesn't bother me, but I noticed others were a little annoyed when they found out they would need to use the woods to take care of #2...
The field is literally on the size of a mountain. The terrain is very hilly, rocky, and it's in the woods. This will leave you sore if you're not used to running through this kind of terrain.
The staff was great, strict but they did a great job. Safety was always the focus.
I went with a group of guys for a bachelor party. There was about 12 of us. There was about 20 other people there as well. Our group, just like the others were spit into two groups. Green team and yellow team. There were some experienced plays in the group. Which really only made it easier for us less experienced players.
The lunch that was provided was good.
If the place had a bathroom I'ld give it a 10. Once again, not a big deal to me, but I know it was/is for others.
I was planning this trip with some friends through our University. From the very beginning the owner, Buddy, was a great help. He was very accommodating and helpful. When we got to the field on Sunday morning he was friendly, and immediately made our large group feel welcome.
Pricing was great. It was about $40 a person and that included your gun rental, 500 paintballs, unlimited CO2, the 4 hours we played on the field and a catered lunch (which was delicious).
Buddy stressed safety; in fact safety was the number one priority. Buddy has three rules, and they are safety, safety, and safety. He is quite a personality and as he emphasized rules he kept the environment serious but also maintained the fun and energy of the group. He may seem brash, but honestly he was a pleasure, and from everyone I spoke with after our event, really added to the experience. As a commenter posted before me, he is indeed a Pittsburgher.
His staff was phenomenal, we probably had close to 50 people playing that afternoon and I don’t remember one thing going wrong.
The course was a blast, completely different than anything I was expecting. There were a variety of forts and every game felt fresh and new. The terrain is impressive with rivers, mountains, large amounts of trees/ brush cover and the occasional open expanse that all led to some memorable battles. The fact that in the background you could see the waterfront on the other side of the river, kept me aware that we were in fact close to downtown, even though it was easily forgotten as you defended your ground from an advance or worked your way strategically to conquer the opposing fort.
I’m so glad that this was my first experience with the game. From Buddy, to his staff, to the field it all created a memorable experience that I intend to take advantage of more often.
at the waterfront and basically across the bridge between dave and busters and lowes theater and to the right
Well the game was fun and the field was HUGE, but the first 5 minutes i was there i was deemed a bullshi**er and singled out from the rest of the group, and there was no bathroom so players had to pick a spot on the edge of the woods or walk to the wendys up the road. The safety was severely enforced and there was a provided lunch. Oh and the price was 35$, which was less than i expected. I give this field a 7 because of the,well, poor service i guess and because i thought it would be a little more professional than a shack in the woods next to a field with small patches of wood.
Three River's, Crazy Dave's, All- American, Urban-Assault, EMR, and Paintball-Extreme (Which is very unorganized by the way).
This Field is a great Woodsball field for players of all skill and ages. Unlike paintball-extreme, the staff if this field are friendly, helpful and actually know what they are doing. The prices are ok, (paint is a little expensive, just as Three River's and EMR is) but otherwise this is a great woodball field ans really is only 10 mins from Downtown.
Great People and field is awesome. I am from Maryland and was trying to find a place in Pittsburgh to play. All the fields say that they are in Pittsburgh but really in the outskirts but Riverside Renegades is only 10 minutes from Downtown. Great fields for a great work out. Great staff, really shows how homey Pittsburgh folks are you feel like family there. My wife's family lives in Pittsburgh and I will continue to play at Riverside.
If you want true Paintball in Pittsburgh “Woodsball” this is your place. I have been playing for over 20 years and have to say this is one of the best fields I have ever played at hands down. Why you may ask? Because first thing Safety First is the rule of thumb and stressed thru out the day. The filed is huge with tons of different bunkers and forts to play from. They even got referees that know the game and pay attention to what going on in the field of play “unlike across the bridge”. Games are run with very little waiting around for the next game to start so you get tons of playing time. Another plus is the owner of the field is there and hands on and really cares that you are having a great safe time and not just looking to take your money. To put it in a nut shell if you want to have a good time and play some first class paintball this is you place. If you want to play with the Chucky Cheese Bunch with blowup dolls to hide behind and dump a ton of paint go somewhere else.
Last edited on Thursday, May 10th, 2007 at 7:56 am PST
Some indoor fields that have been closed for a very long time.
I could not imaging a woods ball field that is better than this. Buddy and the Renegade Staff are always very helpful and accommodating. Buddy and the staff are very concerned about safety and stress it quite often. This is one of the reasons that Buddy uses field paint only. All guns being brought on the field must be speed checked before they can be used.
The field is huge, with multiple forts. The day starts with two forts that are relatively close together on flat terrain. What an adrenaline rush! As the day goes on the forts get farther apart. The forts are man made with all of mother natures best natural obstacles and hiding places all around. I am not sure what is harder: defending the fort or assaulting across the field to capture the flag. There are a few choke points where great battles are guaranteed, but coming in contact with the opposing team can happen anywhere on the course.
The terrain if very demanding. It quickly reminds you of the last time you WERE in good shape.
If you want the best woods ball action you have to play at Riverside. Check their website for general information and check the forums for upcoming games.
I've been there 3 times. Twice with friends and once with my dad because i wanted him to see how hard paintball is and that you need to be in good shape. Every time I went the field owner, Buddy, stressed safety a LOT. If you were in the staging area you must have your safety on and a barrel condom on your gun. When you leave the staging area a mask must be on and you can't remove it until your back in the staging area. The refs are great, they do paintchecks if you get shot on your back and cant tell if your out, and they tell how a few ways to get to the opposing base. The field is GREAT, bunkers, brush, fallen trees, a car, deer decoy, rhino thingy, and plenty of bases which the refs switch up a lot. All the games are CTF accept for at the end of the day you might get to do a tattoo game. They have drinks and make food (burgers, hot dogs, chips) and the whole day cost me $35, which includes free co2 all day, 500 rounds, and field usage. If your trigger happy then you can lay down another $20 for another 500. If your new to paintball like me or love woodsball I encourage you to play there. Also the field is open year round if you dont mind the cold. 10/10
Buddy and his staff are by far the best around. Last Sunday I brought with me a two week old gun that was not working. I brought it over to him he asked what the problem was and tossed me a rental in the mean time. He and his staff opened and closed the gun numerous times trying to fix things. After their hard work they found that there was a problem that only Tippmann inc. could fix. With the amount of work they put into my gun and the cheap field prices I came home that evening and felt like I stole somthing it was such a great deal. If you are looking to meet new people
buddy, his staff, the price, and the awsome field completely got me back into paintballing again after a 2 yr layoff. i went there with a wedding party (about 13 people) and had a absolute blast. im talking OLD SCHOOL WHITE MEN IN WOODS WITH GUNS paintball!!!! no modern speedball or moto jerseys. all camo and slinking around on a giant field full of natural and man made cover. I took my '99 angel but got stuck using a rental like 70% of my group. must say i was even impressed with the rentals there...no crappy tipmans. Buddys a riot and his staff of 12-16 yr old underlings call a fair game. The price was UNBEATABLE...in all my yrs of paintballing i never got away with a $35.00 day......EVER. im sure if i used my angel i would've spent another $25-50 dollars tho.
only negative: although the field is great its on a mountain. by the time we got 6 games in 1/2 my party was sitting out. even people in great shape are in for a workout on this field.
I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS FIELD, I WILL BE BACK THERE PLAYING ASAP.