The Pinball Hall of Fame — my personal favorite thing to do in Las Vegas, as I wrote about years ago — is in a bit of a pickle right now, and they need our help!

The PHOF was in the middle of building an unbelievable new 27,000 square-foot space on the Las Vegas strip, which their world-class collection more than deserves. Then COVID-19 hit, and the tourism industry — in Las Vegas and everywhere else around the world — came to a screeching halt, while any types of social gatherings were reduced to half occupancy at best.

The real problem is, the PHOF already sold their building on Tropicana, and they have to be out of it by May 6. With fewer visitors coming in, they’re having trouble keeping up with payments to the contractors who are building the new space. While the new building is almost complete, it’s really crunch time to get across the finish line, and owner Tim Arnold is seriously concerned about their ability to do so.

That’s where we come in. It’s easy enough: The PHOF has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise the final $200,000 they need to finish the project.

GO DONATE. If you love pinball, video games, electromechanical games, gaming history, or just want to support the passion for a hobby that the PHOF represents — or for that matter, just want to see one of the best things in Las Vegas survive — GO DONATE.

Really, this is important. I think we all want to see this project survive and thrive, so please, do what you can. Thank you!!


Thanks to an anonymous donation of $79,000 (!!!!), the PHOF’s project has been fully funded!! We can’t wait to visit when it’s open!!