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Commander's Cup to Return to Miami
By Bill Mills - Dec 2004
Park Photo Courtesy NPPL, Inc.

Barely a month after the completion of the 2004 Super 7 World Series season, NPPL, Inc., and Pure Promotions have announced both the date and venue of the 2005 series finale, the Commanderís Cup. 

In 2003, the Commanderís Cup, named for paintball player and famed musician Maurice Gibb (Gibb carried the nickname ďCommander MoĒ) was held in Tamiami Park, a fairgrounds facility in Miami, FL.  For 2004 the event was moved to the west coast.  For 2005, not only is it scheduled to return to the Sunshine State, but the town of Miami as well.  Planed dates are November fourth through sixth.

NPPL, Inc., has chosen Miamiís Bicentennial park as the tournamentís 2005 venue.  The park with its wide open, well manicured grass fields lies on the edge of Biscayne Bay.  The park has many features which make it an attractive location for a paintball event.  Chief amongst these attributes is the grass.   As a well-maintained park it has an abundance of level, well maintained grass.  Unlike many stadium sites, where space is a premium, Bicentennial Park has room for the event to grow over 30 acres to allow for the addition of more game fields. 

It is said that location is everything, and Bicentennial Park lies right smack dab in downtown Miami.  While finding affordable parking immediately next to the park can sometimes be a challenge, it is not always necessary.  Miamiís MetroMover system is a free elevated train with loops through various parts of the city and stops at two block intervals.  A station just two blocks away from the park (there is a station in the park, but it has been closed for the past few years) makes it easy to check into a downtown hotel and then, go to the park, back to the hotel and then to dinner  without ever having to drive or walk any great distance.  Just a short drive across the causeway lies Miami Beach, famous for its sun during the day, and wild nightclubs after dark. 

Bicentennial Park is no stranger to paintball.  In 2002 it was the venue used for the Beyond 2002 extreme sports and music festival.  Maurice Gibb, and his team the Royal Rat Rangers were amongst the teams competing in that event. 

NPPL, Inc. is offering discounts to teams which choose to register for the entire 2005 series before January 1st, 2005.  Standard per-event registration will begin on-line on January 7th, 2005.

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