TAMPA, Fla. - The National Professional Paintball League is holding their second event of the 2005 Super 7 World Series of Paintball in Tampa Bay, FL. The 200 top paintball teams from around the world will be competing May 13 – 15 on six fields set up on the ground of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium. The teams will be competing for $100,000.00 in prize money and over 20,000 spectators are expected to attend.
Paintball is a game based on the traditional format of Capture the Flag. The exciting Super 7 format matches two seven-man teams against each other on a field about the size of a tennis court with a number of inflated shapes that offer some cover to the players. Each game lasts a maximum of 7 minutes and whichever team eliminates the other and captures the opposing teams flag wins the entire match. The action is fast and furious.
Paintball, as a spectator sport, has exploded in the last few years with over 12 million players worldwide. The sport is growing larger every day and now ranks 3rd most popular in action sports over skiing and even snowboarding (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, 2003). Paintball supplies are sold in all major sporting goods stores.
Admission and parking is free. Over ten thousand spectators are expected to be watching the exciting finals on Sunday afternoon where the top Pro team will take home $25,000. Estimates for the three day event range from 20,000 to 40,000 people