Yesterday, a few of the Yinzterns took a trek out to Carnegie, PA to check out the World Pinball Championships. With no idea what to expect, it is no exaggeration to say we were floored by the experience.
In Carnegie, a large white nondescript warehouse holds hundreds of pinball machines. Opened to the public only four days a year, people come from all over the world to participate in the 16th Professional & Amateur Pinball Association’s (PAPA) World Pinball Championship. From the outside, I didn’t expect much of the space, but the moment I opened the door, my jaw dropped.… Read the rest
The Professional & Amateur Pinball Association, aka PAPA, happens to be headquartered right here in Pittsburgh. PAPA has a huge, 30,000 square feet, facility just outside of Pittsburgh, with more than 400 pinball machines and it is only open to the public a few times a year.
This week is PAPA 14 World Pinball Championships – pinball players from around the world are heading to Pittsburgh to compete for over $40,000 in prizes.
We have blogged about PAPA events before – but this is definitely worth another mention as the PAPA event is free to attend and something that is… Read the rest
While this is a major weekend for Pittsburgh with March Madness, it is also a weekend jam packed with some unique sporting events too. Here is a run down of our weekend top picks that we shared on WDVE this am.
An open pinball tournament hosted by PAPA (Professional and Amateur Pinball Association) which is headquartered here in Pittsburgh
The tournament runs all weekend March 18-20, 2011
Free for spectators
The tournament is held at the PAPA HQ in Carnegie – which is only open to the public for super special events like this
Steelers Celebrity Football Team… Read the rest
UPDATE: The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2010
UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to the snow – will be rescheduled for a later date.
This Saturday, February 6, 2010 is an extra special fundraiser – Cupids and Canines benefits the Western PA Humane Society and Bow Wow Buddies, a foundation that was set up to contribute to canine cancer research.
It is also a rare opportunity to check out the PAPA World Headquarters. I have posted about the PAPA tournaments before and this is one of my favorite Pittsburgh finds. PAPA is the Professional and… Read the rest
Actually, I believe that the last 7 Pinball Championships have been held in Pittsburgh. PAPA stands for the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association. One of the reasons the PAPA tournament is here in Pittsburgh is because there is a dedicated Pinaball hall in Carnegie. The pinball facility suffered extensive damage after the flooding in 2004. But they were able to rebuild in time for the 2005 competition. The facility has over 400 pinball machines.
The Pinball facility is only open to the public for tournaments and is located at 501 Keystone Dr., Carnegie, PA 15106. The Tournament runs all day… Read the rest