Well, Dannunz (Gabe) and I (Derek) have put our heads and our wallets together and we have secured a great location to have our first annual Pinball Expedition right here in...New England!!!
The dates we have tentatively secured are Thurs-Saturday, July 9th through the 11th, 2015! We thought this would be the perfect time to hold the event because the weather is perfect, the kids are out of school and people like to take their family vacations in July. What better way to spend some of your family vacation than to get out and play a whole lot of pinball together?
That said, we want to hear from our Pinside family and see who'll be pumped up, geared up and looking forward to coming to the show. We want you ALL to come!
We'll also be looking for help from whoever would like to assist us with the various tasks required to run a show of this magnitude.
We are hoping to have over a thousand people at the event along with tons of machines and lots of vendors to support New England. Our area has been starving for this type of event and the time has finally come. We will now have our very own Pinball extravaganza!
Additional, we are actively looking for vendors and top sponsors (Please PM us if you are interested) who want to come and be a part of a new and annual tradition right here in New England! We're looking for dealers, parts companies, modders, LED suppliers, operators and EVERYONE to join in on the fun! We already have some awesome sponsors in place and some of the exciting news will be forth coming. We promise that we are going all out, all in and doing everything we can to make this a huge and unforgettable event.
We want to have a lot of machines at the event for free play, so anyone who brings a machine will get free admission to the show. 1 free admission per machine, per day. All machines must be set on free play (Except for vendors) for any and all to play. You know the drill.
Also, we have secured a large area outside in the nice flat, tarred parking lot for the flea market area. Everyone loves the flea market. It's one of the highlights of a show. So, we wanted to make sure we got a place that had a huge area for it with plenty of parking for all.
For those who will be coming from a distance, we found a convention center that is centrally located in the central Massachusetts area with great highway access right off of Rt 90 (The MA. Pike) and I-84. We are working on securing discounted rates in the adjoining hotel. this will be getting worked on over the next few weeks. Once the rates are finalized, we will give the exact location and put it up on our website (Being worked on) with a link to the hotel website and other various area amenities.
We told them that we wanted them to give everyone a great rate because people are going to want to stay right there at the event. The hotel looks to be very nice with the amenities you'd expect from a top hotel. There's a heated indoor pool with Jacuzzi hot tub, two on site restaurants, a large seating area for relaxing, all overlooking a beautiful lake! Everything in the convention area is also air conditioned and carpeted to give some cushioning as you walk. Now that's a big plus!
We are working on getting a nice website together with the events name and links to all those sponsoring and coming to the event. We know it's early, but this is very exciting and we want everyone to be excited with us.