Originally Posted by e_tar
I have a 3 part question. I am doing a lot of learning and ground work before I open my field (NorCal). My Question regards Spectators..
Is there a type of netting that you field owners use that is not restrictive in terms of being able to see through for tournament fields only? I have noticed that it is not a very spectator friendly sport mainly because the nets are hard to see through and plus spectators need to wear a mask which makes watching matches even harder.
What are the rules for spectators? Do they have to wear paintball masks ? Or can they wear just eye goggles if seated behind the net?
3. Do you charge spectators to come see games and provide them with masks?
Visibility can vary slightly from one brand of net to another, but the safety standards for netting limit how big the holes in the weave can be.
The ASTM standards for netting require spectators to be at least 5 feet away from the net. If bleachers or elevated seating are used, the net must extend at least 12 feet above the highest point of the spectators' area. In other words, if your bleachers are 8 feet tall, your net needs to be at least 20 feet tall.
If spectators are going to be closer than 5 feet from the net, or are in an area that puts them at risk of being shot, they need to wear eye protection that meets ASTM standards for paintball eye protection--that limits approved eye protection to paintball masks.
Fields don't typically charge spectators to watch. There aren't that many people willing to pay to watch.