It wasn’t long after the creation of paintball as we know it before organized paintball tournaments began to show up. For years, all major competitions took place on woodsball fields, but it started to become obvious to many in the industry that if paintball was ever going to be taken seriously as a professional sport, everything from the format, layout and even style of bunker was going to need to change. Embracing this inevitable shift in the industry, the design team at SC Village set about creating the first mainstream paintball tournament facility in the world, the SC Arenas, and with it, developed a new kind of tournament paintball field, called Hyperball.
Hyperball has less to do with format (it can be played 3v3, 5v5, 10v10 and any other combination) but instead is defined by the type of building material used to make a “hyperball” field. All hyperball fields utilize large, black tubing structures that can be cut, formed and placed together to create a variety of different bunkers and layouts.
The significance of the creation of hyperball is still being felt in the tournament world today, as it led the charge for making tournament games faster paced plus the open concept of the field design now meant that tournament paintball could be a spectator sport. As the premier destination for hyperball fields, the SC Arenas became the top training spot on the West Coast for all major paintball teams including the Ironmen, Dynasty, Avalanche and dozens more. Hyperball eventually spread across the country as the go-to tournament format and although it’s now been replaced by airball in most national competitions, hyperball fields can still be found at nearly every top paintball facility in the country.
And if you can believe it, the SC Arenas are still active and remain one of the most popular tournament paintball training facilities in the world. Learn more about the SC Arenas and how they can put you on your tournament paintball journey.