Pinball Hall of Fame Opens on Strip, Surveyor Gaff Creates Headaches

The Pinball Hall of Fame had its official grand opening on July 1, 2021.

The popular attraction recently relocated to the Las Vegas Strip.

Pinball Hall of Fame owner Tim Arnold says, “The big sign hasn’t arrived yet.”

Pinball Hall of Fame supporters and local dignitaries gathered to celebrate the new location close to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Owner Tim Arnold said business has doubled from the previous location, a welcome influx of cash for the nonprofit that donates proceeds from game play to charities like Salvation Army.

Yes, attendees at the grand opening stopped playing pinball for two minutes. Miracles happen.

In chatting with Arnold at the grand opening, he shared a frustrating situation concerning the attraction’s new building.

It seems a surveyor made an error during the planning stages of the $10 million structure.

The screw-up resulted in the Pinball Hall of Fame extending eight feet too far south, encroaching on a neighboring parcel owned by Dream Hotel Group.

Face, meet palm.

Even a little drama doesn’t change the fact Pinball Hall of Fame is a must-visit destination in Las Vegas.

This stunning WTF has now set in motion what’s expected to be protracted litigation. Dream sues the Pinball Hall of Fame, Pinball Hall of Fame sues the surveyor, all that.

What should have been a celebration of an amazing accomplishment by the all-volunteer Pinball Hall of Fame team now ends up involving what’s likely to be a legal quagmire.

Tim Arnold seems undaunted, however.

Seriously, Dream Hotel, what’s eight feet between friends?

July 1 has been named Pinball Hall of Fame day in Clark County, and more “pinheads” than ever are visiting and enjoying the hundreds of pinball machines and arcade games available.

The attraction’s Tropicana location had about 250 machines, increased to 700 at the location at 4915 S. Las Vegas Boulevard.

Be among the first to say, “I tried a Hummer at the Pinball Hall of Fame.”

We hope the folks at Dream Hotel Group can find a way to work with the Pinball Hall of Fame to resolve the eight foot “D’oh!” amicably.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is more like a family than a business, and a peaceful resolution would create a lot of goodwill with locals and visitors should the Dream Hotel project ever come to fruition.

Just sharing a classic pinball machine here, unrelated to the surveyor, probably.

No matter how the eight foot blunder is addressed, pinball fans now have a new mecca for their obsession.

Some of the games at Pinball Hall of Fame have been in storage for 30 years, but the majority of machines are playable. The attraction is a great, low cost way to spend some time in Las Vegas.

Props to all the volunteers and supporters who made the new Pinball Hall of Fame location possible!

24 thoughts on “Pinball Hall of Fame Opens on Strip, Surveyor Gaff Creates Headaches

  1. Boulder Steve

    That sucks. Maybe Tim can give the Dreams hotel guys a couple of pinball machines to make it right 🤣

  2. Ann Babkowski

    They should have a title endorsement with the title company that was used. This should protect them and their lender against encroachment.

  3. J R

    He requires proof of vaccination. Illegal. I turned around immediately. I will not support this business any longer until his policy changes.

    1. Sean Peeters

      This seems to bother the people who choose not to get vaccinated far more than the people who did.

      I have no issue with it – they’re a private business. You are free to take your business to the other Pinball Hall of Fame which doesn’t have this requirement.

    2. Travis

      They require proof of vaccination only if you want to go in without a face mask. Nothing wrong with that. While I was there a teenager got kicked out after the 4th warning to keep his mask on. I appreciate their concern for their staff and patrons.

    3. Esquire

      What law is he breaking by requiring a mask for unvaccinated people? I love how all the “experts” play lawyer on the internet.

      1. huh?

        Are you sure, Scott?

        Maybe I’m crazy, but I could swear I just copied the following from their website less than five minutes ago:

        “Mask required inside the facility. Mask must cover mouth and nose at all times. If you show your vaccination card that matches your ID, we will give you a sticker for your shirt. This will allow you inside the facility with no mask. Phone photos of your vaccination card are acceptable, as long as the name on the vac card matches your ID.”

        1. Skippy

          That page is outdated.

          I entered the facility (vaccinated) a few days ago without a mask. Never asked for proof or anything. The same applied to the 20+ other people who entered while I was playing near the front.

  4. Cj Brown

    Congrats to Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame, Tim Arnold and Staff! Thank you Vital Vegas for the coverage! 💜🥳

    I can understand if this was a snafu involving ‘trespassed upon McCarran International Airport boundary’ (because that’s Federal!), but really Dream Hotel Group? You’re going to have a “pity party over 8 ft of Land” that you say is on future development for a boutique Resort? (built so f’king close to McCarran International Airport that wealthy elitists staying there are going to feel and hear every flight going by?) I respect Tim Arnold for wanting to keep things peaceful, so I will 💯 support a Pinball Hall of Fame that does something for Charity vs this –

    It’s not just a Surveyor who snafu’d, but didn’t the Clark County Building Department ‘approve the Plans’? Shouldn’t the Clark County Building Department ‘have on File’ an ‘accurate Boundary’ for the Plot of Land owned by Dream Hotel Group? Wouldn’t the Clark County Building Department be responsible for not ‘catching this Snafu’ (not approve a Building Permit until a correct Boundary is assessed)? How come only the Little Guy is being picked on?


    Oh no an anti-vaxxer is also having a pity party! While I agree that getting vaccinated should remain voluntary (vs mandatory), here’s my zero f’cks given if you refuse to get vaccinated, zero f’cks given if you catch Covid-19 end up in a hospital and die, zero f’cks given anytime a private property denies you access! To those who obtained the vaccine, thank you for your cooperation (I 💯 agree that it is best to get this Town back to work immediately and safely!) Let’s all have a happy and safe 4th of July! 🇺🇸

    1. PB Wizard

      Many anti-vaxxers are plain and simply scared of needles and use the “science denial” and “violation of liberty” ploys as a diversion away from their weakness. Seems like a lot of drama for a little prick.

      1. Michael Alexakis

        Makes zero sense, anytime you are hospitalized you get stuck by needles left and right… The tiny needles they use to administer the Covid vaccine are nothing compared to what you get in the hospital…

        1. seriously

          I was joking. Like saying there is an “honor system” is a joke. But, seriously, some are scared of needles (and dentists).

    2. Jane

      Why on EARTH do you think the federal government owns McCarran International Airport??? The only two commercial airports owned by the federal government are the ones serving Washington DC.

  5. Michael Alexakis

    The Covid numbers in Nevada are unfortunately sharply increasing, if they continue to trend upward more measures will have to be taken, which will be very unpopular. At this point in the pandemic you have the choice to do what hundreds of millions of people have done, roll up their sleeves, get vaccinated and protected, or risk getting ill from a deadly virus. Vaccine complications are extremely rare, they occur immediately, and they are controlled well by medical professionals. The other side of the equation is suffocation. The word “freedom” is used disingenuously by people who distrust the Covid vaccine, vaccinated people have the same rights to freely assemble and not get sick due to someone else’s hesitancy. The courts will eventually have to rule on vaccines in public areas, but private businesses will be able to make their own rules until they are mandated not too… It is disappointing to me that no proof of vaccination is required to go mask less indoors, it’s as if businesses are spooked by the lowest common denominators and the fears of litigation…


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