PA State 8-Ball Tournament Ready for 34th Year | Sports Destination Management

PA State 8-Ball Tournament Ready for 34th Year

Jan 12, 2016
Annual Event Expects 2,700 Players From Across State

The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that the 34th Annual Pennsylvania State 8-Ball Tournament will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center March 11-13. 

The annual tournament regularly features 180 tables, and more than 2,700 players are expected to travel from across the state for the 2016 competition. Players will once again enjoy streamlined procedures that allow registered players to play unlimited pool with their original entry. In addition, the tournament will provide text messaging for each match, with all adult and junior players offered the “Your Match is Ready” feature.

Participants must play in a VNEA-sanctioned league in order to participate in the tournament. Entries are currently being accepted at Warner Coin Machine.

The top-ranked women’s pool player in the world, Kelly Fisher, is set to headline the tournament for the second year. Fisher won several world-renowned tournaments before winning the first IBSF World Ladies’ Championship in 2003.

Fisher will attend the event all three days, where she will meet with tournament players and play against anyone willing to challenge her. She played 250 challenge matches while in Erie in 2015.

“What began as a small tournament with only four tables has grown into the fourth-largest 8-ball tournament in the country, in part thanks to our partnership with the Erie Sports Commission,” said Rod Didion, the Tournament Coordinator from Warner Coin Machine. “I’d invite anyone with even the slightest interest in pool, whether as a participant or spectator, to join us that weekend.”

“The Erie Sports Commission is proud to partner with this event annually,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Warner Coin works very hard to make this a fun, competitive weekend each year.”

Tickets are available at the door for only $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass.

For more information, please visit or contact Rod Didion at (814) 454-1587 or at

The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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