Superelectric

A surge in popularity is breathing life into Northeast Ohio's pinball scene.
MARK AREHART / WKSU

Pinball is surging in popularity across the country. Here in Northeast Ohio, casual players are rediscovering once forgotten games. And there’s a competitive pinball scene brewing that draws in players from hundreds of miles away.

On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart has his quarters ready as he takes us through the region's pinball renaissance.

photo of paddle ball statue in Gordon Square
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A new sculpture was dedicated in Gordon Square over the weekend, and inspired a world record attempt.

The world record for “Most People Paddle-Balling At Once” is 440 people. On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Gordon Square to break that record and celebrate a new 14-foot Paddleball sculpture that’s been installed near the 78th Street Studios.

Carrie Carpenter is President of the Gordon Square Arts District and says they may have other events coming up that would lend themselves to world record attempts while also showcasing the neighborhood’s creativity.