A New Jersey paintball team is taking the first step toward becoming a sanctioned state tournament, after it announced Wednesday it would be hosting its first-of-its-kind event.
The Paintballers of NJ said in a statement that it would hold its first event in the Garden State in 2017, and the event will be called the NJ Paintball Championships.
The league will hold the event at The Arena at St. Andrews, located in Newark, the statement said.
The event will feature a $100,000 prize pool for first place and $1,000 for runner-up, the league said.NJ Paintball has been operating under the New Jersey Paintball Association (NJPA) since October 2015.
The NJPA was created by state lawmakers in May, and NJPA is the only professional league that can hold a state tournament.
It has about 50 teams across the state, including several teams that are new to the sport.NJPA is expected to announce the NJPA National Paintball Championship at a press conference at 4 p.m.
Wednesday in New Brunswick.
The event will take place at the New Brunswick State Fairgrounds.
The NJPA said it was looking to expand the event to other cities and states.
The organization is also looking to partner with other sports leagues, such as NCAA Division I men’s basketball, to provide additional opportunities for participants.
The league said it has partnered with the NCAA to offer an incentive to players to sign up for the tournament, which will be streamed live online.
For more information on paintball in New York, visit the league’s website.
Follow the live blog for more details about the event.