BOSTON — The Boston Paintball Ashlands will host the first-of-its-kind Fight the Fire paintball tournament on Saturday, July 15, according to a release from the company.
The event will feature 16 teams, including two teams from the Boston area, the company said.
Boston Paintballs will be providing equipment, uniforms, and supplies.
The Paintball Association of America (PAA) has held paintball tournaments since 1995.
It has held two paintball championships in the United States since that time, and was the first tournament to award a prize purse of $1 million.
PAA also holds the first paintball event in the U.S. with teams from New York City and Washington D.C. PAAs paintball championship will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Boston Paintball’s Fight the Firefly Tournament, hosted by the Massachusetts-based Boston PaintBall Ashlands, will feature four teams from Ashland, Massachusetts, the team said.
This will be the first ever Paintball Fight the fire event, which pits teams of eight against eight competitors from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according the release.
The first event was held in Boston in 2015, and has been held at Paintball and Paintball League (PPL) facilities in Boston and Ashland.
The second event will take place July 19 at PaintBall League Headquarters in Ashland and is expected to attract a total of 20 participants.
“We’re excited to host this first-year event at the Ashland facility.
We are also proud to have Boston Paint Balls, which has been an integral part of our community for over 25 years, and our local community, to be recognized by the Paintball World Cup,” said Matt Fishell, vice president of operations and general manager of Paintball at Boston Paintboards.
Paintball is a game played in teams of two, with the teams being called “sides” in the game.
Teams are separated by the “flag” at the end of each play.
PPL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is recognized by many states and municipalities.
According to Paintball.com, Paintball has a total membership of more than 9,000 players, and more than 200,000 paintballers have played the game over the years.
Ashland is a small town located about 40 miles northeast of Boston.