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Arcade industry’s comeback
Arcade industry’s comeback

Many view arcades as a dying industry. There were just over 2,500 arcades in the country in 2015, compared with 24,000 facilities in 1981. Industry experts believe the market has a chance to revitalize. Data from market research firm IBISWorld shows the arcade, food and entertainment complexes in the U.S. have an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent and earned $2 billion in revenue last year. The executive vice president of the American Amusement Machine Association said advancing technology in video game consoles and smart phones changed everything and gave consumers an excuse to play at home. Peter Gustafson, AAMA executive vice president

El Loco Rollercoaster at Circus Circus’ Adventuredome
El Loco Rollercoaster at Circus Circus’ Adventuredome

The El Loco rollercoaster opened at the Circus Circus’ Adventuredome in February 2014. It features a 90-foot ascent, followed by a drop that produces a negative 1.5 “verticle G,” a 180-degree turn, and reverse 240-degree roll that turns into an inverted drop. The coaster reaches a maximum speed of 45 mph and is the only indoor coaster of it’s kind in the U.S., and is the second indoor El Loco coaster in the world, according to MGM Resorts.