After reading the itinerary for the day that Stern just posted, I feel like this might be the 1st commercially big event for pinball. This event is transforming into a pinball-rock concert with celebrities hosting/attending and over 200 people paying to be there and watching Pinball (amazing). I really believe a tv channel like TruTV could pick this idea up for their network.
This event could be the 2003 poker main event where Chris Moneymaker made a name for himself and brought poker into every household for many years to follow.
Stern is definitely marketing this super well. Here’s what Stern just posted:
Here’s the tentative schedule for this Saturday’s event (times always subject to change because it is pinball!). Make sure to tune in to the live stream action if you weren’t able to purchase a ticket in time - https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball
Stern Pro Circuit Championships 3/24 Event Schedule:
• 9am - Check-in for Circuit Finalists and guests
• 9:15-9:45am - Open practice on all Circuit final machines for finalists only.
• 10am - Doors open to the public. Circuit final round one begins. (40 players)
• 12pm - Circuit final round two begins. (down to 20 players)
• 1pm-1:30pm - Brian “Q” Quinn from the show Impractical Jokers on TruTV does live commentary on Impractical Jokers episodes.
• 2pm - Ladder-style bracket of remaining 10 players begins.
• 3pm-3:30pm - Brian Johnson from the show Comic Book Men on AMC does live commentary on Comic Book Men episodes.
• 4pm - Meet and Great with Brian “Q” Quinn and Brian Johnson. (photos and autographed event posters)
• 6pm - Blood People perform right after the Stern Pro Circuit Champion is crowned.
#SPC IFPA - International Flipper Pinball Association PAPA - Professional & Amateur Pinball Association Replay Foundation