Originally Posted by Wild Huntsman
isnt factory reopening next year or something?
Z hasn't even found a new location yet. The new factory would be open in 09 at best, assuming everything else went right and the necessary funds are made available.
To the thread starter - I am in the exact same situation as you, I was a regular and ref at factory so I know how it feels to get stranded an hour away from the nearest field.
You have one close field, Action Territory (www.actionterritory.com
) that does $25 byop on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is near the intersection of I94 and 50 (right by the Wisconsin border). Competition isn't anywhere near what you need to get better but if you just want to shoot around on an 07 X-ball field with pee gravel then Action Territory is perfect for you.
The closest competitive, professional field is Planet Extreme in Lake Geneva, WI. It is $30 byop and competition is great. Field is beautiful, friendly crowd there.
Then you have Badlandz & Chicagoland Paintball. Competition is some of the best in Illinois at either field and it really comes down to whether you prefer indoor or outdoor. Both fields are ~10 minutes away from each other so the distances aren't going to be your deciding factor.
Depending on where in Illinois you are, Fox is your other option. Same deal as Badlandz, just a different location that's further west. I've only been there a couple times so I couldn't tell you if it's definitively better/worse than Badlandz, CLP, and Planet Extreme.
Unfortunately, Crossfire Reball's Darien location closed. That's where most of us factory guys went after factory closed. Tons of fun, only 30 minutes from the northern suburbs. So really the shortest drive you'll be making will not get any better than 45 minutes (Action Territory).