Eugene to host Oregon State Pinball Championships after 5-year run in Portland

The Oregon State Pinball Championship will be held in Eugene this month for the first time in the event's 6-year history. The event is Saturday, January 19, at 10 a.m. at Blairally Vintage Arcade in Eugene. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon State Pinball Championship will be held in Eugene this month for the first time in the event's 6-year history.

The previous five state championships were held in Portland.

But for the first time in International Flipper Pinball Association history, pinball players from Eugene qualified for the Oregon State Pinball Championship: Andy Stubbs, Matt Walton, Hayden Harker, Brandon Rangel and Darren Dorman.

“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.”

The event is Saturday, January 19, at 10 a.m. at Blairally Vintage Arcade in Eugene.

The 24 participants will play for $3,000 in prize money and the title of Oregon State Pinball Champion.

The winner also qualifies for the North American Pinball Championship in Las Vegas later this year.

The IFPA said people interested in getting involved in competitive pinball should check out upcoming sanctioned events in Eugene, including tournaments at Blairally on Jan. 5 at 2:30 p.m. and Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 12 at Level Up.

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