If you want to play pinball in Calgary there are only a few spots where these machines can be found, one of them being the Flames Community Arena in the southwest. Owned and maintained by enthusiasts, they are kept in fine running order. Every now and then old machines are pulled, replaced by new ones. Rotating them in and out this way keeps things fresh.
This author has been passionately playing pinball since the 1970s. Back then they could be found everywhere, today not so much, and besides this location there are always a few at the airport. If you’re a local pinhead and want to play, these are your choices.
The machines seen on our visit included a Bally Revenge From Mars (1999, the last Bally model made), a William’s Whitewater (1993, my fav of the group), a Bally World Cup Soccer (1994), a William’s Demolition Man (1994) and finally, an out of order Stern (a couple years old at most). I’m not a fan of that last make – some of their models are “meh” at best, but most are spectacularly bad – more often then not, I’d rather not play, than play a Stern.
Enough talk, time to thrown in another loonie, and show this machine who’s boss.
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Date of adventure: February, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
All the places seen in this report are publicly accessible.