Competitive Players Descend on Michigan’s Premier Pinball Event April 20-22, 2023

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stern Pinball, Inc. is proud to announce the fifth Stern Pro Circuit tournament of the 2023 competitive season. Pinball at the ‘Zoo is taking place in Kalamazoo, MI on April 20-22, 2023. Pinball at the ‘Zoo is three days of tournaments, with competitive players all hoping to improve their rankings to qualify for the Stern Pro Circuit Championship.

In its third season, Stern Pinball continues its partnership with the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) in producing the premiere competitive pinball circuit in the world. The Stern Pro Circuit is a series of 20 high-level pinball tournaments held throughout the season culminating in the pinnacle event, the Stern Pro Circuit Championship featuring the top 32 ranked players.

Pinball at the ‘Zoo is five action-packed tournaments over three days:

  • Main Tournament: Qualifying Thursday 2 pm-10 pm, Friday 1 pm-10 pm, and Saturday 9 am-12:00 pm. Top 24 in “A” finals. Next 8 IFPA ranked 500 or below in “B” finals. Finals will be PAPA style beginning at approximately 1:10 pm on Saturday.
  • Classics Tournament: Cost is $1 per game with proceeds going to charity. Qualifying Thursday 2 pm-10 pm, Friday 1 pm-8:15 pm. Top 16 in finals. Finals will be a PAPA style. First round of finals will be Friday night at 8:30 pm. After the first round, playoffs will resume at 9:30 am on Saturday morning.
  • Women’s Tournament: Cost is $1 per game with proceeds going to charity. Qualifying Thursday 2 pm-10 pm, Friday 1 pm-10 pm, and Saturday 9 am-10:50 am. Top 8 with play in the finals. Finals will be a PAPA style starting at 11 am.
  • Thursday at the Zoo Tournament: FREE Best score qualifying on at least one machine. Thursday 2 pm-7 pm. Top 8 (or 50%–whichever is less) in finals starting at 7:05 pm. Finals will be PAPA style matches.
  • Friday at the Zoo Tournament: FREE tournament! Same as Thursday except qualifying is 1 pm-7 pm.

“Pinball at the ‘Zoo is one of our favorite stops on the Stern Pro Circuit,” said Seth Davis, President and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “We are excited to see if there will be any shakeups in the player rankings after this weekend. We love being able to support the competitive pinball community. It’s exciting to see who the emerging talent is and the individual flavor of each tournament.”

For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit –

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences. Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include Foo Fighters, James Bond 007, Rush, Godzilla, The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit


Zach Sharpe