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PSP Announces site for Las Vegas Tournament
By Bill Mills
March 2002

The NPPL and PSP tournament series has certainly had its share of turmoil and confusion in the public eye recently.  In addition to the split between the National Professional Paintball League, and Paintball Sports Promotions, the company that has been producing the NPPL tournaments, the location of the Las Vegas 2002 tournament has been a mystery.

In a telephone conversation with on April 9th, NPPL President Chuck Hendsch stated that he remained hopeful that the NPPL and PSP would be able to negotiate an agreement and that the two would be able to work together again in the future.  He also stated that if the split would remain permanent, it is clear that the NPPL has enough supporters that it will continue on.

In the meantime, Paintball Sports Promotions is still going about business as usual.  They have a 5 tournament series to put on in 2002 whether the tournaments carry the NPPL name or not.

The upcoming tournament in Las Vegas has been a subject of much discussion, as the exact game site was not announced for quite some time.  The reason for this is that there were two sites being considered.  One site had been secured, but PSP had hoped to negotiate for a site that they felt would offer the players an even better tournament.  Since both sites were a short drive from each other, and would not affect travel plans, they felt it best to hold off on announcing the site with the hopes of getting the best location possible.

Paintball Sports Promotions has now announced that the Las Vegas PSP tournament will be held at the All American Sports Park.  Pan Am teams and readers will remember this venue as the site of the 2001 Pan Am Las Vegas tournament.  AASP is located just south of McCarren International Airport (the main Las Vegas airport) and many players will actually pass it while riding shuttle busses from the terminal to their rental cars.  

The location features paved and lighted parking, indoor restrooms, restaurant, snack bar, climbing wall, batting cages, go-cart track, and of course open land where PSP will construct the game fields.  Teams will have the option of staging indoors in the park's roller hockey arena, or outdoors where they can use their own staging tents.  

According to PSP's Renick Miller, land adjacent to the sports park has also been obtained, giving them more space for fields than were available to the Pan Am.  PSP site coordinator Robert "Rosie" Rose says that a sizable amount of work is being put into the land in order to prepare it, including leveling out berms that were there during the Pan Am event.

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