The Millennium kids have just announced--or is the EPBF kids?--I confess I'm daily having more difficulty keeping the assorted alphabets (of paintball) sorted. Anyway, somebody over there in a position to make it so has just announced the Millennium grandstand of the CPL field has just gone pay-per-view. 20 Euros for the weekend or less for a single day. But wait, there's more! Taking their cues from both the PSP and the old NPPL they've assembled (in some ways) the best of both. Like the NPPL there will be an extra special VIP section above the VIP grandstand with shade and "free" snacks and beverages for the bargain basement price of 99 Euros. Unlike the PSP however the MS will be setting up some grandstands at either end of the CPL field to provide free seating to all those in possession of a player, pit or sponsor ID card. And to ensure a full panoply of animated faces the VIP grandstand will be free for watching the first ever actual factual World Cup competition comprised of players from a a bunch of countries mostly there competing for their regular team as well as incidentally for their country.
Frankly I'm kinda surprised it took the MS this long to try tapping into another revenue stream but to be fair they aren't forcing anyone to pony up or miss out. The live experience is still available albeit from an endzone but even so, kudos to the Millennium for providing the "extra" bleachers.
That said I wonder if it will last or if the free bleachers are just for the transition period and will be phased out sooner rather than later. After all, it will complicate the CPL field set-up and I'm not sure that venues like St. Tropez or Bitburg have room to accommodate the space required. I guess we'll find out soon enough. In the meantime get your tickets here, er, there. While you still can.