Erie, Pa: Tournament directors from Warner Coin Machine have today announced the cancelation of the 2021 PA State 8-Ball Tournament. The decision to cancel was made out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding event regulations.
More than 2,000 billiards players from across Pennsylvania typically travel to Erie to compete in the annual event, which has been hosted at the Bayfront Convention Center in March since 2012. The 2021 event would’ve been the 39th annual tournament.
“The decision to cancel this event was a difficult one, but it is the right one,” said Rod Didion, tournament coordinator from Warner Coin Machine. “We are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome these billiards players to Erie this year, but with the pandemic still coursing through our state, we cannot safely gather for this event this year. Our team did not make this decision lightly and weighed alternative options. We will look forward to the return of the event in 2022.”
The event is a substantial economic driver in Erie County, regularly generating more than $1 million in estimated economic impact.
“While we’re disappointed that this event can’t happen this year, cancelling is the best option for the safety of the players, staff and our community,” said Mark Jeanneret, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “I appreciate the efforts that Warner Coin has taken to this point, and that they’re making this difficult decision for the safety of our region.”
For more information, visit http://www.warnercoin.com/.