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Old 04-20-2016, 03:33 PM #1
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New to the game. Where are the best places to play?

Just started paintballing and was wondering what the best/cheapest places were in the Chicagoland area.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:04 PM #2
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Best and cheapest aren't likely to go hand in hand.

This might be a good place to start - http://www.pbnation.com/fields/

I can personally recommend CPX in Joliet, as well as Paintball Explosion in East Dundee. Other fields I'd like to hit up are CPX Indoor, Paintball City indoor, and Badlandz.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:17 PM #3
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Im about equal distance from both CPX and Paintball Explosion. I guess I will have to check both of them out.

BTW are these places kid friendly?

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Old 04-20-2016, 08:38 PM #4
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:51 PM #5
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^ I've heard good things about these guys, too.

I'd love to be able to sample all the fields in the Chicago area. It's a heck of a haul to get there from middle Wisconsin, but I'd still like to do it.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:58 AM #6
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There are a few good places to play in the Chicagoland Area, all worth checking out at some point. With that said Each field has more or less its own niche so to speak.

Indoors: more or less teams training in the off season, but can we friendly to walk-ons and new players (mostly depends on the guys playing that day)


*I haven't played inside in years so things may have changed.
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CPX- great themed fields as well as some airball for team practice. Definitely add the the paintball bucket list to go to at least once in your life. The downside is it can be an expensive place to play especially if you plan to go often. Its fPO (field paint only) and for what it costs its not the greatest paint.

Paintball Explosion PBX- similar to CPX in most regards. FPO, Expensive, but some really creative fields to play on. Parking there is better than CPX as well. Also a place to play at least once in a lifetime.

Badlandz- One of the first fields around. Nice woods fields, and good competition for team practices. Its a BYOP (bring your own Paint) place so that can help with costs.

Fox Paintball- Similar to Badlandz in that its BYOP and has some excellent woods fields. I play here more often than others. They seem to have more pump players than the other fields on a regular basis.



Basically CPX and PBX have great themed fields but it comes at a cost. Fox and Badlandz have great woods fields and the BYOP option keeps costs down so you can afford to play more often.

I would suggest checking them all out at some point though as they are all great places to play.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:50 PM #7
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Old 04-22-2016, 12:21 AM #8
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Just started paintballing and was wondering what the best/cheapest places were in the Chicagoland area.
If you are new, check out the open play reball offered at Westmont Yard. Best bang for your buck.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:20 AM #9
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Whats the deal with all the field paint only places in the Chicago land area? Its crazy that they are all charging $80 for 2k rounds of the same stuff you can get for 1/2 the price online. If its an insurance thing, why not allow player to bring sealed boxes of paint and or inspect them before letting them on the field?
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Most fields I've come across are field paint only. The fields are a business, and they have to make their operating money somewhere. A good field is going to have staff costs, maintenance, insurance, rental gear replacement and upkeep, marketing costs, probably a mortgage or rent payment, and the owner probably doesn't want to survive solely on Ramen noodles.

Plus, there's the other thing about "expensive" field paint - you're less likely to run into the guy who shoots up three cases a day if the field paint is $80-100 a case. Guys like that can really chase away newer players that aren't out there looking to get cut in half by the guy with the "machine gun".
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Most fields I've come across are field paint only. The fields are a business, and they have to make their operating money somewhere. A good field is going to have staff costs, maintenance, insurance, rental gear replacement and upkeep, marketing costs, probably a mortgage or rent payment, and the owner probably doesn't want to survive solely on Ramen noodles. Plus, there's the other thing about "expensive" field paint - you're less likely to run into the guy who shoots up three cases a day if the field paint is $80-100 a case. Guys like that can really chase away newer players that aren't out there looking to get cut in half by the guy with the "machine gun".
Also if you have ever been to cpx or paintball explosion you will see some really kick a** fields. PBExplosion has a real life nuketown! And for anyone who plays COD, this is a bucket list field. Building these fields cost a lot of money just in supplies from buses, cars, trucks, and all the building materials. They have to make enough to keep evolving and creating new fields to excite players to come play.
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Whats the deal with all the field paint only places in the Chicago land area? Its crazy that they are all charging $80 for 2k rounds of the same stuff you can get for 1/2 the price online. If its an insurance thing, why not allow player to bring sealed boxes of paint and or inspect them before letting them on the field?
Think of it this way; It's like comparing a carnival to Disney World. A carnival is a helluva lot cheaper than Disney, and while both have rides you can ride, you get a lot more bang for the buck at Disney.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:40 PM #13
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Whats the deal with all the field paint only places in the Chicago land area? Its crazy that they are all charging $80 for 2k rounds of the same stuff you can get for 1/2 the price online. If its an insurance thing, why not allow player to bring sealed boxes of paint and or inspect them before letting them on the field?
Not in Chicago.. but we get this question all the time. So we put a page out on it.

http://gatsplat.com/field-paint-only/
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:03 PM #14
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Not in Chicago.. but we get this question all the time. So we put a page out on it.

http://gatsplat.com/field-paint-only/
Nailed it! Thanks
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:22 PM #15
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Leave it to Larry to have the best answer.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:39 AM #16
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Not in Chicago.. but we get this question all the time. So we put a page out on it.

http://gatsplat.com/field-paint-only/

This answered most of my questions, thanks.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:44 AM #17
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Also if you have ever been to cpx or paintball explosion you will see some really kick a** fields. PBExplosion has a real life nuketown! And for anyone who plays COD, this is a bucket list field. Building these fields cost a lot of money just in supplies from buses, cars, trucks, and all the building materials. They have to make enough to keep evolving and creating new fields to excite players to come play.
That does look amazing. Ill be taking my son there for sure.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:20 AM #18
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Come out to PBX May 20th for a big pre-Legends game, and then over to CPX for Living Legends!
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Come out to PBX May 20th for a big pre-Legends game, and then over to CPX for Living Legends!
That looks bad ***, Im going to try to get down there for that.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:28 PM #20
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Chicago has some awesome fields, but so does downstate. We have a lot of fun down here too! I might be checking out O'Hare here in a few weeks depending on my wife's schedule though since I have never been there.
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