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Location DB > United States > Ohio > Lorain > Sports N Stuff
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Sports N Stuff
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 Database Info
created by jellybeans95 on 11/8/2007 1:57 AM
last modified by jellybeans95 on 1/10/2009 5:52 PM
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 Overview
 Description
A family entertainment facilty with a mini-golf course, batting cages, go-kart track and shed, and arcade building, though the latter is heavily vandalized.]

As of December '08, the main arcade building is gone.


 Basic Information
Type: Building/Outdoors
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: It's mostly gone.
Recommendation: not very exciting...burned down
 Physical Information
Address

Lorain, Ohio
United States
Owner: Sports-N-Stuff Inc
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • broken glass
  •  Interesting Features
    The mini-golf course, the batting cages (and the manual for the cages is still there!), and the go-kart shed, still filled with parts.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • right near a busy shopping center
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1992
    Closed: 2002
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • thick-soled shoes or boots and a time machine
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera
     History
    Opened in the summer of 1992, it originally hosted a go-kart track, an 18 hole mini-golf course, batting cages, Bankshot Basketball, a diner (Hot Dog Heaven...later the Double Play Cafe), and an arcade. They did a Halloween display with a haunted maze for a couple years, but that turned out to be a flop.

    Eventually games fell into disrepair as attendance dropped in favor of larger complexes in neighboring cities. Little maintenance was done to the cages and golf course, and the Bankshot Basketball trend was short-lived. The complex, landlocked and under high-tension power lines, couldn't install bumper boats. The go-karts were the first to close. For a very short time, a comic book shop operated in the upstairs. Finally the complex closed in 2002. It tried a brief reopen in 2003, without the go-karts, but that, too, was short-lived.

    It now sits vacant, and more recently, victim of vandalism. A small fire was started in the building at the beginning of the summer of 2007. The owner made an attempt to reseal the building, but bored kids made short work of the boards and locks.

    Wal-Mart looked at building here, but the city of Lorain pretty much unanimously told them get lost.

    As of mid-December, this place burned to the ground. The main building is gone, though the kart track, cages, and golf course remain. It looks to be arson. Probably the same idiot kids who tried to light the place a year and a half ago.
     Media Coverage
    http://www.chronic...rain-building_122/
     Future Plans
    The building is for sale, but as bad as the damage is inside and due to it's terrible location, it might sit vacant for awhile.

    *EDIT*

    The main building was destroyed by fire. Property is still for sale, according to the article, but it seems the main attraction is gone.
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    Inside building, First trip
    Tue, May 1st, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    14 pictures
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    Go-Kart Shed, May 2007
    Tue, May 1st, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    7 pictures
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    September Trip 2007 (Inside)
    Sat, Sep 1st, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    15 pictures
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    September 2007 Trip (Outside)
    Thu, Nov 8th, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    20 pictures


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 1/11/2009 1:30 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 11 09 at 1:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 10 09 at 17:52, jellybeans95 changed the following: History, Description
  • on Jan 5 09 at 19:02, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 5 09 at 17:31, jellybeans95 changed the following: Owner, Type, Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Recommendation, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description
  • on Nov 9 07 at 21:38, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 8 07 at 8:59, jellybeans95 updated gallery picture 100_5280(1).JPG
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