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Eugene Hosts Oregon Pinball Championship

Published: January 04, 2019

The 24-Person Tournament Will Feature Eugene-Based Players for First Time

Eugene, Jan 1, 2019: The International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) has confirmed the 6th IFPA Oregon State Pinball Championship will be held at Blairally Vintage Arcade in Eugene, OR on Jan 19, 2019, starting at 10 am. 24 players will compete for over $3,000 in prize money and for the title of Oregon State Pinball Champion. The winner also qualifies for the IFPA North American Pinball Championship in Las Vegas later this year. The field of competitors is headlined by 16-year old Colin Urban, currently ranked 52nd in the world.

The previous five state championships were held in Portland. For the first time in IFPA history, Eugene-based players have qualified for the Oregon State Pinball Championship. “It’s a huge task for any city outside of Portland to compete for those prestigious state championship spots in Oregon,” said IFPA President Josh Sharpe. “Eugene deserves all the credit in the world for growing the player and event base to mark its own star on the Oregon pinball map.”

2018 featured more than 16,000 players competing in 2,000 tournaments and leagues across the country, including the Emerald City Pinball League in Eugene. 832 players across 44 states and the District of Columbia will be playing for over $62,000 in cash and prizes on Jan 19. The Oregon State Pinball Championship is part of the IFPA State Championship Series, a competition based on tracking the World Pinball Player Rankings performance of players in all IFPA-sanctioned tournaments and leagues on a state-by-state basis throughout the calendar year.

The five players representing Eugene are: Andy Stubbs, Matt Walton, Hayden Harker, Brandon Rangel, and Darren Dorman. Three sanctioned tournaments are taking place prior to the championship on the 19th: 1/5 at Blairally (2:30 pm), 1/9 at Blairally (8 pm), & 1/12 at Level Up (2 pm).

Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, under the corporate umbrella of Travel Lane County, markets and promotes the region as a destination for sports, while providing resources designed to help events and planners succeed. Working with community partners, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission provides planning tools, educational opportunities and occasions to celebrate sport. These assets currently include a digital Sports Planner Guide, the SportsTown Awards program and the Oregon Sports Summit Education Conference. For more information, go to EugeneCascadesCoastSports.org.