Here is a crop from the March 1990 issue of Paintcheck on an early Speed Ball tournament at SC Village and another Tournament at Splattball City in Detroit.
Here is the full scan:
Top is an article on one of SC Villages’ early Speed Ball tournament.
Kamikaze Shooters taking 1st, Sudden Death, Terminators and Team America/Hello Kitty taking 2nd – 4th.
The second brief write up is on the October 1989 tournament at probably the most dangerous field I’ve ever heard about, Splattball City, in Detroit, Michigan.
The write up states that in the October tournament, The Splatt Heads finished 1st, The Lost Boys 2nd, Discreet Elite 3rd, and Legion of Doom tired Detroit Demo for 4th.
I’m not sure if this was the first or second location for SplattBall city but one of the two was located in the Packard Plant in detroit. Or maybe they both were but the field had to move locations inside the huge plant other time?
Jeffrey Atty and Thad “Weltman” Drum, both of Damage Inc., told me stories of playing this field in the late 80 and early 90s and encountering doors that lead to several story drops, pits filled with oil, high catwalks, broken glass and other exciting surprises.
Weltman’s best story was falling off a ledge or stairs, playing dead and then shooting his buddy on the opposing team when he let his guard down out of surprise (or to check if Thad was still alive?).
Here is another image of the now abandoned Splattball City littered with Zap paintball boxes and other garbage.
And a few other Splattball City images in this link: http://atdetroit.net/forum/messages/76017/75169.html
And a few pictures of the exterior (link no longer working):
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