Tilt Pinball will open sometime this month in former office space on the main floor of an apartment building at 413 Broadway, said owner Scott Nelson.
Nelson, an entrepreneur who operates rental property in downtown Fargo, plans to run the arcade without a staff as a membership-only operation.
Access will be controlled using a key-fob security system similar to the kind used by health clubs, said Nelson, who intends to keep the hours flexible.
“If you get off work at 3 in the morning, you can go play. If you get a break at lunch, you can go play,” Nelson said, adding there’s “a whole ton of people” who love pinball machines.
He said the person who helps keep his machines running has about 100 clients in the Fargo area.
Nelson said Tilt Pinball, which will have about 11 “pins” or pinball machines, grew out of his own need for a place to keep his personal collection of machines.
A membership in the arcade will likely cost $35 for the first year, with subsequent renewals costing $20 a year, Nelson said.
The membership gets people in the arcade. Once there, members and their guests will have to pay to play, the price per game being whatever the pinball machine originally charged.
“If it was a quarter, it’s a quarter. If it was 50 cents, it’s 50 cents,” Nelson said.
To contact Nelson, call (701) 799-3885. The arcade will also have a website at www.tiltpinballfargo.com