The wildly popular Pinball Hall of Fame has begun moving into a new location on the Las Vegas Strip.
The move follows a fundraising effort that brought in $200,000 from hundreds of pinball fans. The project overall has cost $10 million.
Due to the pandemic, the non-profit experienced a revenue shortfall, but supporters ponied up the cash to finish the project.
An anonymous donor, known only by his nickname, “Rocket Man,” helped reach the fundraising goal with a donation of $79,000. That, despite the fact $69,000 would’ve been much more gratifying.
We popped into the new Pinball Hall of Fame building to check out the progress and document for posterity the next big thing on the Las Vegas Strip.
The relocation effort is led by Pinball Hall of Fame owners Tim and Charlotte Arnold.
The plan is for the existing Pinball Hall of Fame, on Tropicana Avenue, to operate until the new venue is ready to open. Then, the Tropicana location will shutter and the Las Vegas Boulevard venue will open the following day.
No date has been set yet for the opening, but you’ll know when we do!
The new Pinball Hall of Fame sits at 4915 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, near the airport and “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
The new location will boast about 700 pinball machines and arcade games, up from 250 at the former spot.
Many of the pinball machines have been in storage for as long as 30 years due to space limitations in the Tropicana venue.
The new Pinball Hall of Fame will benefit from much higher visibility than its ever had, and guests are sure to appreciate not just the size of the new place, but the sheer variety of games.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a unique Las Vegas diversion. It’s part arcade, part playable museum.
It’s free to get in, and because Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit, excess revenue goes to charitable organizations.
We were honored to be the first to pretend to play a pinball machine in the new Pinball Hall of Fame, and can’t wait to get our hands on these machines once they’re plugged in.
Beyond Twitter, you can stay in touch with the Pinball Hall of Fame through their excellent Instagram account.
Seeing the community join forces to help the Pinball Hall of Fame meet its fundraising goal was very gratifying, and we’ll see you there, pinheads. All due respect.