First Look – Friendship Cup Kiev Ukraine
As paintball continues to grow around the world we are starting to see more and more Eastern European events promoting outside of their country’s. One such event is the Friendship Cup that’s held each year in Kiev. The event itself is part of the Russian Golden Ring series.
This year’s event will be held July 20-21 at the PRO Arena, X-Park Leisure Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. The venue itself is an extreme sport activity park with not only paintball but also jet skis, skim boarding, go-carts. pubs, restaurants, wakeboards, and the opportunity to rent bicycle or quad bike, trampolines and many so much more to offer players who come to the event. For more information about X-Park please visit our website at:www.xpark.kiev.ua
The event has a 32-team limit, 16 D1 teams and 16 D2 teams. The paintball venue of the park is none like has ever been seen in Ukraine. The area features artificial field turf like that the Millennium Series uses. They have special 300 sq. m area just for teams to stage and prepare for their matches. The pit areas are built to service four teams at a time. They also provide lighting for those night-time matches. The 12 4800 watt floodlights won’t leave you in the dark when bunkering your opponent. They also offer a restricted snake side-coaching zone. One of the luxury items for paintball players is that PRO Arena offers is shower baths for players to rid themselves of the paint grit and grime after the matches before heading out to enjoy the other parts of the park.
The arena provides a unique 200-seat spectator and fan zone that provides a 2-meter high view over the field. Giving an added interaction with the teams on the field. Safety is always a concern for Pro Arena so the team zones are surrounded with polycarbonate hockey glass in addition to standard safety approved paintball netting. Similar safety precautions are also around the spectator area.
PROPaintball is the organizer for the event. Format of the event is Race-2-4 with 10-minute game time limit with a 2 min break between points. The event follows the UPF 2013 rules adapted to the event. The head marshal is none other than Anton Nadezhdin (Buff) of Russia, the creator and owner of the Golden Ring Series. Marshals are provided by the Ukrainian National team. Eclipse tech will be onsite provided by Eclipse certified specialist Aleks Ignatov. Prizes provided by Eclipse as well as individual team medals as well as trophy.
Make sure to check out the event online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/407923032599860/?fref=ts or https://www.facebook.com/PROpaintball.com.ua See you in Kiev!