Originally Posted by smiffington
First picture, top on right What field is that from? I have never heard of another field in London besides Adrenaline and Flagswipe. Or is that field what flagswipe is now? Because they say they have been around since 84.
It is Flagswipe. They still run the Blizzard's Ball.
Flagswipe Paintball and Laser Combat - 519.642.0908
Blizzard Ball |
November 17th, 2013
Flagswipe Paintball Indoor
Blizzard Ball is an annual indoor paintball tournament held in London Ontario by Flagswipe Paintball. This standalone event draws dozens of team from across Ontario to compete for glory, and of course CASH PRIZES! Blizzard Ball is separate from the ESPL paintball series, and you do not have to be a part of the ESPL in order to compete in Blizzard Ball. All teams are welcome, some conditions apply, see below.
Superior Firepower was closely related.
Sunyjim's Paintball Club - London Ontario Paintball History
Superior Firepower, and FLAGSWIPE - London Ontario |
Around 1986 Flagswipe was begun as a paintball field by Bill Strocki and was originally out between London and Woodstock. Mike Lukas began Superior Firepower as a PMI dealer, out of his home in St. Thomas and used to sell out of his car at the original field. He and Bill had an understanding, and worked well together promoting the sport. When they moved the field down to Port Stanley, Mike began running more and more of it as Bill was losing interest. Mike bought Flagswipe from Bill some time in the early-mid 90's and began running both out of the Wellington St. Superior Firepower store and at the field. At that time Tim Morris (now owner of the Comic Book Collector) was the manager for the Superior Firepower store. Dwayne Summerhayes (the Current owner of Flagswipe in London, and Revolution in Woodstock and the dealer for PMI Canada East, and previous member of NPPL team Detroit Fusion ) began playing in the early 90's out at the original field, on The Express, and occasionally with the Woodstalkers. The store was moved to Hamilton Road at William, then sometime around 2000, they had relocated again to just down the road at Hamilton and Maitland. By this time Mike Lukas was heavily involved with PMI, and Dwayne also now involved with PMI was running more and more of Superior Firepower running the store part of the Flagswipe field at Hamilton and Maitland eventually if I'm not mistaken buying Superior Firepower from Mike. Sometime around Summer 2001 Superior Firepower slipped into the night, as Dwayne bought the Flagswipe portion of the company and now going under the Flagswipe name exclusively. The store was redesigned, making it much larger, and the indoor facility renovated. By this time the outdoor field was their current field near Stratfordville East of Aylmer
Thanks to Matt 'Maverick' for major help with the history
The link has a lot of the history of paintball in the London area.
Originally Posted by tarakian
If I remember correctly, Blizzard Ball was held at Skydome.
Originally Posted by Falcon16
Tarakian you are correct skyball was held at skydome in Toronto
Skyball, yes. Blizzard Ball, no.
Very cool patches.