Sucks that another Indoor place is closing...for us SGV ballerz, we had Impact, which was just Phat....in less than a year, it was gone....seems mostly that the rental of property, insurance, etc... ends up being the cause...
And I never made it out to SCI...sucks...hope you guys have other places you can ball at.....
Today is a day which will live in infamy. Last night, after almost 2 years of operation, the Proving Grounds indoor field has closed its doors and locked them for ever. Interestingly enough, the closing of the Proving Grounds is the beginning of a new era in SO CAL paintball. With new stores like 818 paintball popping up, the potential for new fields is high.
But the Proving Grounds was a special place. It was more then a field to play at, it was more of a second home for those who hung out there. I was one of those people who not only hung out, but helped out as much as I could. That field was a place where I could relax after a busy weekday or play all weekend uninterrupted. It was a place where local players and people from all over SO CAL could play pretty much any time they wanted to. Yes the prices were high and yes sometimes the place was overly crowded, but that was the point.
For those who just say "TPG was kool" I say this. TPG was an excellent place, top notch and towards the end cheap enough for anybody to play. I'm upset mainly because people shrug and say "oh well" as if the 2 years of Ken and Arnold's life was just a wash out. They made THE BEST PLACE for everybody. You will never find a more friendly and fun place to play. I'm saddened and dismayed that the kids here on PBnation and everybody else I talk to think that running a field is easy. It takes years to set up and do right and because people don't care, I now don't have a place to play!
So thats my story. I want to say SO CAL paintball has been damaged and won't be fixed anytime soon. Ken and Arnold did a fantastic job and those who say "I wanted to play there" need to move out of SO CAL!
Feel free to post pictures and remembrances of TPG, DON'T FLAME!
THE FIELD WILL BE OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 18TH
- No I'm not back, I'm a ghost... you never saw me.
It is truly a sad day. Although I live an hour away I always looked forward to going to The Proving Grounds. Ken Doyle was great in making sure everyone was having fun: tourny players and noobs alike. He was always willing to give advice and share his vast wisdom on the sport of paintball. It was great playing with Arnold a couple times and him as well sharing his pointers. I will really miss Proving Grounds.