Advantages Its alot of fun
Disadvantages very expensive, can be painful
After spending hours searching for a good 21st birthday present I came up with the idea of getting some paintball tickets. So I did a search on the net and found Delta Force who run paintballing centres all over the country, and as most of the people who would be coming were from the south coast I decided on going to the Southampton centre.With this decided all I needed to get was the tickets. I managed to get 6 VIP tickets from ebay, which cost me about £40.
I needed to ring the Delta Force booking line to book the date that I wanted to go which was over the Easter weekend. I rang them and booked my venue and chosen date (10.04.04) all I had to pay for over the phone was the first 100 paintballs for each person going which was at a cost of £8 each. The people going had said they would pay me back the £8 on the day so that was ok. The equipment such as guns, helmets and paintball hoppers were included in the price already so I didn’t have to pay any extra for them.My confirmation was sent through the post a few days later with a map of how to get to the centre. I was lucky as last year worked in Southampton and though I never knew it was there then as there are no signposts I more or less knew whereabouts it was, as I would pass the road leading to the centre everyday.
The paintballing centre in Southampton is located just off the M271. You leave the motorway at junction 1 and follow the road signs towards the Nursling Industrial Estate. Its then about ½ a mile from the roundabout outside the B&Q superstore just off the motorway. The centre itself is located just inside a quarry. But they do put up a signpost on the day because its very easy to miss the entrance.THE DAY
You had to be at the paintballing for 9.15am promptThe day of paintballing had finally arrived. I was wearing old clothing and some sensible shoes for the day as it said on there website. I met up with the other people at the B&Q and took them down the lane towards the centre.
There is plenty of parking once you are inside the main gates and the first thing that you notice is an armoured vehicle and large wooden fencing. The entrance to what is known as ‘Base Camp’ is behind the wooden fence. Before you can enter ‘Base Camp’ you first need to register and pay any money that is due at the reception (which is more of a hatch in the wall). This is where we were given the 100 paintballs that had been paid for over the phone.We were then taken through what was a converted steel storage container (Like the ones you see on the back of lorries). This is where we picked up our paintball hoppers, helmets one size fits all and overalls these came in small medium large and extra large, the guns would be given to us later.
We waited around then for about 30 minutes during which time we had put the overalls on over our clothes. The Delta Force marshal’s came round and spoke to us as they did with everyone else who was there and put coloured tape on our arms explaining that the colour you were given is your team.
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