Date: March 28th - 30th, 2014
The Texas Pinball Festival has a new home this year. After several years at the Hilton in Grapevine, it moved to the Hilton Anatole last year, but the hotel there didn't seem too keen on having a bunch of pinballers running riot around their cultured premises.
So this year we are further out of Dallas in the city of Frisco in another Hilton property - the Embassy Suites next to the stadium for the Texas Rangers minor-league affliate, the Frisco RoughRiders.
The show doesn't actually start until Friday afternoon, but Pinball News had a sneak preview of the new show hall which we're bringing you here.
The new hall is much improved on last year's, with more attractive decor and a seminar room right next door to the show hall.
On Thursday night, a number of machines had arrived and were being set up for the opening of the show at 5pm on Friday afternoon, with many more to come.
More machines were arriving by the minute.
Later on Thursday night two additional new machines had arrived.
The tournament area includes two Star Trek machines, two Mustangs, two Metallicas, two Medieval Madnesses, and two pairs of classic Stern titles - Stargazer and Seawitch.
On the vendor stands, it looks like an interesting selection of neons will be available to buy,
Anti-reflective glass and totally-reflective mirror blades will also be available to buy.
X-Pin and CoinTaker both have stands at the show. The X-Pin stand is right at the front and hard to miss, while CoinTaker are in the centre of the hall. Rob Anthony is set up in a side room and is easy to miss if you don't venture round the side of the hall.
Everyone who brought machines to the Texas Pinball Festival is invited to leave a comment.
The top prize in the raffle is traditionally a brand new Stern pinball, and this year is no different.
Outside the hall, the main registration desk is going to have a busy day handing out registration packs and selling entry tickets.
The first seminars take place later Friday and we'll be there to report on them. The seminars room is looking good already.
To help promote the show to Dallas-area residents, the local Fox affiliate was at the show early Friday morning to report for the breakfast show.
We'll be back with much more from the Texas Pinball Festival over the weekend, so keep checking back for all the latest updates.
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