Originally Posted by MN_Rising
No when you don't have to pay for the paint - Paint's the majority of my tips when I'm working, plus stockpiling over the season - I haven't bought a case of paint in over 6 months
So that's the reason it's cheaper for you to play at Splatball. Because you don't pay for half your paint, therefore you can bring your paint to splatball (the paint you didn't pay for) and play for cheaper. It makes sense then why Splat Ball would be cheaper for YOU personally. Though that's not the same for the average Joe.
... So I've never paid more than $40 on any occassion I've gone to Splat
Exactly, because you get your paint for free, or very dirt cheap because of your job. Not because Air Assault has much higher prices.
So basically, you are getting "discounts" on playing at SplatBall. Though it's not directly through Splat Ball. So you can't say that Splat Ball has cheaper prices, just because you can play cheaper on your free paint.
When it comes right down to the point, for someone walking in to play, that has not gotten free, or discounted paint, then Air Assault would be cheaper in the long run.
If you walked into Wal-Mart (or where ever) to buy paint. And got say, $50
if you bought at Splat Ball) worth of paint, which what I've noticed, is a low amount for decent paint, for a case of paint. Then went to Splat Ball, paid the $20
for entry. Then another $3.50
each fill (if you're using Co2, not everyone has HPA, but we'll leave that out). Plus then you might as well factor in the chances of getting hurt (which would equal $$$ in doctor bills, if it's bad enough, and being on the fields at Splat Ball, it's a very real possiblilty). So you're looking at anything between $70-$95 +
, that is, if you actually pay for your paint.
Then you have el pengo, walks into Air Assault, pays his $10
for the entry fee, $5
for all day air, and $75
for a full case of paint (unless you have 2000 players on the other team, you shouldn't need that much, but that's another topic). You're looking at spending about $90
to play. But you also have the piece of mind that you aren't playing on a slicked up concrete floor. There's cushion, and it gives when you hit the ground. Sure, accidents can happen, but they're far less likely to happen on a soft surface than a concrete floor.
Now, I'm not trying to be biased or anything. Truth is, I play at Air Assault and Splat Ball. First time I ever played was at Splat Ball. I personally ended up spending a bit more at Splat Ball, than I typically do at Air Assault, though I normally play with a pump at Air Assault, and a semi at Splat Ball. There's a lot that goes into it when you're trying to figure out the best field, than just the price.
Though the best fields in the area, that I have found to my liking best, was Splat Tag. Though that's mainly woodsball only (a small, not very good speedball field is there too, though it's mostly woods). It all depends on your own personal preferances.
As for mnbuell, the original poster of this thread, I would suggest going to a number of different fields to try them all out. Trying to figure out your favorite field, and style. Air Assault is normally your higher level player base, along with a larger playing field. Splat Ball is smaller, and slightly lower player skill (though not all of them). And my personal favorite is Splat Ball for their great woodsball. There's plenty of other fields out there to try out, don't hinder yourself into using only one field.