Hotels for PSP Chicago

Best Western Inn and Suites
4380 Enterprise Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: (815) 730-7500 and ask for “PSP Paintball” group rate
– 13 miles from the event
– Continental Breakfast
– Indoor Swimming Pool
– $81.99/night for 2 queen beds

Motel 6 South
1850 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL 60431
Call 800-544-4866 to make reservations and ask for Group #M441800007
– 9 miles from the event
– Rate per night/1 person: 36.99 Sun-Thurs/39.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/2 people: 42.99 Sun-Thurs/45.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/3 people: 45.99 Sun-Thurs/48.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/4 people: 48.99Sun-Thurs/51.99 Fri-Sat
– Must 21+ to check in

Keep in mind, this is a motel 6 so it’s not the best place to stay but certainly is the cheapest.

Holiday Inn Joliet – Conference Center
411 South Larkin Avenue, Joliet, IL 60436
Phone: 1-815-729-2000 ask for Group Code: PSP
– 9 miles from the event
– $99/night for 2 queen beds

Fairfield Inn South
1501 Riverboat Center, Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: (815) 741-3499 and ask for the “PSP” group rate
– 11 miles from the event
– Deluxe Continental Breakfast
– Indoor pool
– Hot tub
– Free Wi-fi
– $109.99/night for 2 queen beds

Hollywood Casino Joliet ALL GUESTS MUST 21+
2200 Empress Drive, Joliet, IL 60434
For reservations, call 888 436-7737 and reference the block “Paintball”
– 12 miles from the event
– Continental Breakfast
– Indoor Pool
– Hot tub
– Internet (not wi-fi)
– $89.27/night Wed, Thurs, Sun
– $123.17/night Fri, Sat
– MAX of 4 people/room

Hampton Inn I-80
1521 Riverboat Center Drive, Joliet, IL 60436
Phone: 815-725-2424 and request group code “PSP”
– 12 miles from the event
– Hot breakfast
– Wi-fi
– Indoor Pool
– hot tub
– 24hr fitness center
– 24hr business center
– 32in LCD tv
– Microwave
– Fridge
– $109/night for King bed and pull-out sofa

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Joliet South
1515 Riverboat Center Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: 815-741-2400 and ask for group code “PSP”
– 12 miles from the event
– Full Kitchen
– 32in Flat Screen TV
– Continental Breakfast from 6am-9am M-f, 7am-10am Sat-Sun
– 24hr quick market
– Laundry Facility
– Indoor Pool and whirlpool from 6am-11pm
– Free Wi-fi
– $119/night for a King bed and pull out sofa

Motel 6 North “I-55”
3551 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Call 800 544 4866 to make reservations and ask for Group #M129600052
– 19 miles from the event
– Rate per night/1 person: 39.99 Sun-Thurs/45.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/2 people: 45.99 Sun-Thurs/51.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/3 people: 48.99 Sun-Thurs/54.99 Fri-Sat
– Rate per night/4 people: 51.99Sun-Thurs/57.99 Fri-Sat
– Must be 21+ to check in

Comfort Inn North
3235 Norman Avenue, Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: (815) 436-5141 and ask for the “PSP” Rate
– 13 miles from the event
– Continental Breakfast
– $76.49/night for 2 queen beds

Hampton Inn “I-55”
3555 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Phone: 815-439-9500 and request group code “PSP”
– 19 miles from the event
– Hot Breakfast
– Free wi-fi
– Indoor Pool
– Hot tub
– 24hr fitness center
– 24hr business center
– 32in LCD Tv
– Fridge
– Microwave
– $104/night for a King bed and pull-out sofa bed

Area Campgrounds

Martin Campground-Joliet
725 Cherry Hill Road, Joliet, IL 60436
Phone: (815) 726-3173

Leisure Lake Membership Resort
21900 S.W. Frontage Road, Joliet, IL 60436
Phone: (815) 741-9405

Lakepoint Club Corp
24801 Lakepoint Drive, Wilmington, IL 60481
Phone: (815) 476-2196

A-Ok Campgrounds of Frankfort
1999 S. Lagrange Road, Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (708) 479-5626

Shadow Lakes Properties
24019 W. Coal City Road, Wilmington, IL 60481
Phone: (815) 458-2151

Enchanted Shores Of Killarney
11018 W. Wilmington Road, Peotone, IL 60468
Phone: (708) 258-6040

Vendor Spots Open for PSP Chicago

PSP Chicago will be June 22 – 26, 2011 at CPX Sports Park in Joilet, IL. There are many options for space rental. PSP Chicago is one of the largest events and the perfect opportunity to show off your merchandise, whether your company has been in the industry forever or if you are just starting out. The Chicago Open is 5 days long, so hundreds of people get to see what you have for sale.

Vendor Application

After you finish filling out the application, fax it to Camille Lemanski at (866) 237 7064

PSP Chicago Confirmed

PSP Chicago will be June 23-26, 2011 at CPX Sports Park.

2903 Schweitzer Rd. in Joliet, Illinois

The Chicago event is an extended event; games starting on Thursday and trade show and check-in starting on Wednesday.

Professional RaceTo-7 (Fri – Sun only)
D1 RaceTo-5 (Thurs – Sun)
D2 RaceTo-5 (Thurs – Sun)
D3 RaceTo-4 (Thurs – Sun)
D4 RaceTo-4 (Thurs – Sun)
D3 RaceTo-2 (Fri – Sun only)
D4 RaceTo-2 (Fri – Sun only)
D3 RaceTo-2 (Sat and Sun only)
D4 RaceTo-2 (Sat and Sun only)

As with all PSP events, teams will be able to bring their own paint so long as RPS, Procaps or GI Sportz manufactures it. These companies will also be selling paint on-site for teams traveling in. Please use the following contact information to pre-order your paint:

GI Sportz: Email [email protected]
Procaps: Call Megan Farrell at 877-722-5590 Ext. 7802
RPS: Contact your sales rep or Nina Walsh at (800) PAINBALL ext. 228

PSP Galveston Wrap-up

The PSP season opener was this past weekend and it was in Galveston, TX for the first time. The event was great, great weather, great location, spring breakers and making it to Sunday. It was sunny for most of the event with the exception of Sunday morning, a bit cloudy. The temperature was typically high of low 70’s and low of 50’s. The hotels were all less than a 10 minute drive and were decently spacious. The island of Galveston was very receptive of the event; local business were welcoming paintballers and selling food and drinks at the event. The spot of the event was about a block or 1/4 mile from the beach which is the local field, GI Paintball. Also, for the first time that I’ve seen, A BEER BOOTH!

As usual, the first event doesn’t have that many vendors attend. The vendors that were there were Planet Eclipse, Virtue, Critical, Derder, Understood, Valken, Guerilla Air, HK/PBFashion, Custom Products, Avid Extreme Sports on behalf of Empire, Procaps, Dye, Gangster Paintball, Ninja, KM, and Trade my Gun. Critical was there showing off their new stealth pack, which I have to say is rather nice. I wish I picked one up to try. Guerrilla Air was pushing their new G2 reg and had a raffle giving one away. Virtue started making event jerseys which were $80. The cool thing about the jerseys is that they were made on the spot, and when I say made on the spot I mean the chest logo was heat pressed at the booth when you bought your jersey. Understood had an event shirt as well. Their shirt was very popular seeing as it sold out by Saturday afternoon. Since Understoond didn’t anticipate the popularity of their event shirt, they are making a second run of the shirt in the next week of so. It was shocking not to see the Empire truck there and that Avid was there only to sell Empire clothes.

A good item to look into getting is the new Planet Eclipse gun bag. It costs $25 and I think it’s a lot better than the Dye gun bag and the gatwrap from Understood. The PE gun bag has more room for your gun than the gatwrap and has better barrel organization. There are slots for 5 barrel pieces. The PE gun bag is smaller than the Dye gun bag because the Dye gun bag can carry 2 guns but 2 PE guns bags still takes up less room in your gearbag than 1 Dye gun bag, plus you double your barrel storage with 2 PE bags. The PE gun bag also has another pouch for storing allen keys, spare parts, or lube. The bag comes in two colors; dig-E-camo and chatter.

Unfortunately, not everything went well at the event. GI Sportz, the “best” paint a world cup did not shoot well for many teams in the morning and some in the afternoon. People were complaining of too many bounces, barrel breaks, and hopper jamming. This was happening with both grades of paint, 3-star and 4-star. Apparently my team is the only team that had a good experience with the paint on Friday and Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, of all days, the paint decides to shoot like crap for us. We experienced the badness of the GI paint; some teammates and I got hopper jams in a rotor and prophecy, others were getting barrel breaks, and we were all noticing that the paint was not breaking on the competition.

Another mishap at the event was that a local Texan decided to have himself shopping spree courtesy of other player’s gearbags. This guy stole gearbag(s) from behind the KM booth. I was actually at the KM booth when the figured out it was him. The scene was actually quite uneventful. Some people recognized him and the KM staff called the cops and PSP staff, 10-15 minutes later he was escorted out by police and PSP staff. For a while, people were claiming that his entire team was stealing stuff from the event but he has said that he acted alone in the theft and that his team should not be accused of stealing. He is no longer a part of that team.

PSP Galveston was an incredible event and I hope PSP decides to have it there again.

Pictures are posted on Facebook

Videos of pro matches are on the PSP youtube channel

PSP Galveston Results

This past weekend was PSP Galveston. It was near the perfect weekend for paintball; great weather, sunshine, and the beach. Shout out to my boys on Outbreak TX. We played well for our first time playing x-ball.

1st – Dynasty
2nd – Red Legion
3rd – Infamous
4th – Damage

1st – Total Karnage Orlando
2nd – upTon 187 Crew
3rd – T1 Topgun Union
4th – HuSTLe

1st – Grad
2nd – Static
3rd – D.C. Monstars
4th – Distortion

1st – Revo
2nd – LA Heat
3rd – PR1ME
4th – Detroit Action

1st – Richmond United
2nd – Central Florida Paintball
3rd – MOmentum

D3 5-man:
1st – LA Swat
2nd – Richmond Rage
3rd – FATE
4th – CO Ascent 2

D4 5-man:
1st – Avid Extreme Sports Militia
2nd – LSD II
3rd – Brutality Red
4th – Valley Paintball