Paintball Extreme, un-organized, ref's lack control, little cover on any of their fields,
Riverside is conviently located, alittle hard to find the entrance, but once found very nice staging area. Extremely helpful staff, and the regular players, known as the Renegades, are great guys which will also help you out wether its with your gear or just general questions about the field. I recently played thier in May 05' on a sunday, we had around 40 guys, and it provided for a fun day. Like years in the past, cheating is a rarity at this field, blainted cheating will get u booted, violating safety rules is also a big no/no, and can get you kicked out as well. Buddy the owner, is a great guy, loud and a little intimating, but that is only to let everyone know he is in control of his field and everyone must follow his 3 rules. Never lift your mask on the field, never enter the staging area without a barrel plug and go home if you don't want to have some fun. Once that is out of the way hes all about helping people with their equipment and making sure everyone is having a great time. There is always good mix of players, young and old, guys and even a some brave girls. The field is a tru woodsball field with everything you can ask for. Depending on the number of players and what the players want to play, will determines the type of games played. Definitely check out the website to get an idea of the field, the site is great, full of pictures and a map of the field. For, thirty five dollars, you got a semi-auto gun, v-force mask, all the CO2 needed, 500 hundred paintballs, and the field for the day. Paintballs were $20 dollars for 500, and you do have to use field paint. 1000 shots easily lasted me all day. I have been playing on this field for years, the field is always changing but the class of players on this field has stayed constant, always a great bunch of peole just having a good time. If your looking for some fun and like a good woodsball field with descent prices, Riverside Renegade is the place to go.
anyway this is a great fiel to play at, the owner buddy will yell alot at first but he just cares about saftey and stuff. the refs are fair, and most players are as well, so no cheating or anything. you get free air 500 paintballs for like $25 which is a pretty good price. The people are helpful and if you have a problem with your marker they will help you out.
Urban Assault - I had alot of fun at UA but enjoyed Riverside much more! Not to mention it is so much cheaper at Riverside!
Crazy Daves - Nice guy, but I haven't played here for a couple years.
I had a blast at this field! We had a group of 50 and it was a blast. The field is huge and even in November there was plenty of cover. I have been out of paintball for a few years and this trip has launched me back into it.
The ref's are laid back and let you play. However, safety is huge.
The owner sealed off the pavilion with plastic and hoocked up a pitot heater to keep it warm, lucky for us it was a perfect day and we didn't need the heat. But what customer service!
The field is exhausting! You can't go anywhere without climbing up or down a hill. After 5 hours my legs are definitely tired.
Pricing was great. You simply cannot beat their prices. Their goal is not to make you spend money on paint (as the owner said) but for you to enjoy the sport of paintball. This is absolutely true. I bought 500 rounds and came home with 250 of them. (Now I need to go back and use them up. lol)
From what I have heard this is the best place to play in Western PA. I can see why everyone say that. I highly recommend trying it out!
Paintball extreme, if you like speed ball, air ball, and the like, go there. Don't go to PBX for the woodsball field. Go to Riverside Renegades.
This field is absolutely amazing. This is an awesome woodsball field. This place is huge!! There are forts, bunkers, hedges, brush, shrubs, tall grass, trenches, bridges of all types, tire ladders, barrels, tire forts, I mean the list goes on and on. There is cover everywhere, either natural or man made. There are even pathways that are out of the way and secluded, almost "secret" ways to get to better positions on the field. Its just so awesome. You have to try out this field. The owner, Buddy, is an awesome guy and safety is his number one concern. He even talked about heat stroke and dehydration in addition to the regular safety briefing because it was a hot day. The refs are helpful and do their jobs very well, they respond quickly to any situations that may arise. They are also very concerned about safety and they make sure everyone has a good time.
They play mostly capture the flag. There are about 20 different forts and one team will start at one fort and one team at another. They will then swap forts the next round, so it remains fair. We played from 11:45am to 5:30pm. There were no long waits between games. The cost of playing there is relatively low also. It was $10 for field fee, unlimited CO2, lunch and refreshments. HPA was also available, at an extra cost though. Buddy ordered pizza and everyone had plenty to eat, he even ordered bread sticks for a dude that was lactose intolerant or something. Talk about customer service!! The only other thing you have to pay for is paintballs, and you have to use the field's paint. $20 for 500 paintballs. I was amazed that 500 paintballs lasted me through 9 games and I still had some left to take home. This was the case with everyone who played, there are no long drawn out fire fights or stand offs on this field. The field also has an awesome view of the Monongahela river, the waterfront shopping complex, and the old Pittsburgh industrial area. Its just an awesome sight.
At the end of the day we played what they called a "tattoo game." The two teams were positioned at forts that were fairly close together. If you got hit, you had to go back to your base and touch the flag, then you were back in. The object of the game is to force the other team back into their fort and light them up every time they touch the flag. You have to keep doing this until they are in so much pain, they don't have the guts to touch the flag anymore. Then you can return it to your fort for the win. Its just an awesome idea. The younger teenagers give up pretty easily, but the adults stay in for a long time because they can take getting hit many times. Its a fun game to play to end the day with. You also do not have to participate if you don't want to.
There are a few bad things about this field. This place needs a sign. I mean, no one would ever know that there is a paintball field back in the woods through a gap in a guide rail. I heard that they had a sign, but someone crashed into it or something?? It can also be a demanding task to move around the field sometimes. You have to crawl under hedgerows, jump over things, climb up/down tire ladders, climb hills and mounds, and make your way through thick brush, just all sorts of things. You will be tired by the end of the day thats for sure. The fact that the field is on a huge hill side doesn't help much either. Good thing they have plenty of water because you will sweat alot.
Overall its a great field and its very fun to play there. I can guarantee that you will have a good time at this field. Its an awesome paintball place, and safety is their main concern. They encourage players of all ages to get in on the action, but it is mostly adults. Same days its youth only, and some days its adults only which is pretty cool. I strongly recommend that you at least try this field out, you will like it and you will go back.
I have played at many fields in the area and I would have to say this is the best. It is the field that I first played paintball numerous years ago. I would have to say that because of the great experience I had that day (along with 50+ others that day) at Riverside caused me to jump into paintball. the atmosphere was amazing. The large wooded field with terrain from flat open area to large hills and even a pond and creek bed to hide in. The bunkers are amazing also you things from man made bunkers,forts,bridges,ropel aders,drums,pallets and tire-walls!!! The natural cover is just as good vastly changing during the seasons from open viewed play during the fall-winter-early spring causing you to rely on the numerous bunkers and large trees for cover to the lush thick foliage during the spring and summer months that completely change the game play to a very concealed stealthy combat. Myself and everyone that came with me to plat here say how friendly the staff and the regulars that play at Riverside are. They create a great atmosphere for newbie and veterans alike. The prices are good with free CO2 and many special events that they hold during the year like "Big Games" and there "Season Opener" or "Wild Game". If you like outdoor paint ball or have never played before this field is a MUST!!!
Quite a few fields in PA, MD, WV, Ohio, and more out west.
I have been playing Paintball for over Ten years now, and I have not found a field that compairs to Riverside. The field has such a diverse landscape of flats, hills, creeks, a soon to be pond, and is heavily wooded and shrubbed. There is such a wide variety of natural and man made structures and obsticles ranging from a four story fort to trenches, bunkers, brush piles, log piles, covered bridges, a waterfall, rope ladders, thick hedge rows, and open flats. The prices are some of the best i've seen, one big plus of the field is free CO2 all day long, but it's field paint only. the field owner, and reffs are also top notch when it comes to being safe. At Riverside, Safety is at the top of the list, and they make that point very apparent in their safety briefing. Every experiance i've had playing at Riverside has been unmatched, and i will continue to play there. I highly recommend the field if your looking to have a great day of paintball.
I paintballed back in the mid 90's at a place in Northern Pa that was an all woods environment, unfortunately shortly there after college came, and well, all extra income left. To make a long story short, I decided to go try paintball again, and I found Riverside by chance, and to my liking it was a woods "field." Before even playing there I had a million questions to ask, and decided I'd ask them on the Riverside Forum. Once posting, I was provided with tons of feedback and links to help answer the questions I had.
The Field:The field itself was amazing. Even after all the rain we had, the field still was a great place to play. Numerous bunkers, tree barriers, an old Suzuki, ravines and much more provided for great cover and an exciting place to play. While there the people were helpful and the games varied making my experience there enjoyable. The owner insists on safety and makes sure everyone there has a good time.
I highly recommend Riverside to anyone looking for a diverse group of players and a fun atmosphere.
Last edited on Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 at 9:03 am PST
Buddy is the man. He runs an awesome field, not quite as big as some others but by changing the flag stations, each game is different. The best part, though, is the type of players who go to the field. Everyone I met was friendly and willing to go out of their way to help me. Buddy, especially, was generous and also always ready wtih a joke. Check this place out, It comes with my highest recommendations.
This was the second field I've ever played at. I went with a large group (about 30 people) and we had a blast. The field was great with all the obstacles and brush. Lots of good hiding spots and forts. The staff was the main thing I liked about this place. The guys there stressed safety very strictly which I liked. They're also really friendly. I had a leak in my gun and they tried to help me fix it and let me use a rental while they were working on it. I'll definately be going there more often once I get my job back.
Riverside Renegades offers an aggressive outdoor "field" that will challenge your paintball skills (and stamina). The terrain is full of natural obstacles (fallen trees, streams and steep hills) and several man-made "forts" and bridges provide a chance to create interesting tactical situations.
Their staff is great -- always eager to help newbies. I've even seen them perform repairs on non-field equipment (i.e. your personal marker) without charge.
The field equipment is pretty good...semi-autos (some electronic) and most of the masks have thermal lenses. The field paint is usually RPS Big Ball (not crap) and is priced <<cheap>> compared to other local fields.
The resident club "the Riverside Renegades" is a great bunch of PB veterans. As a newbie, I think it was important to have someone (of considerable experience) help me out. Even if it's your first time out there...you won't feel like an outsider.
Sundays are usually "walk-on" days...meaning that no reservation is required. Call ahead and you can get an idea of how many players are coming out. On this field, you can have a blast even if it's 4 on 4.
If you're tired of running around spray-painted warehouses and you're ready to challenge your skills -- this place is for you!