Games of skill where guests demonstrate their sporting prowess to win prizes are one of the oldest forms of entertainment offered in parks. Basketball is often one of the most popular of these games, drawing contestants and spectators.
|After an off season fire in December 1981 destroyed the Fortune Festival games area, the new Goodtime Alley section was built for 1982. At the far end of the sprawling new games compound, the Foul Shot basketball game was built, drawing guests to the "top" of the section with the hopes that they would spend a few dollars on the way.|
|The Foul Shot basketball game offered six backboards
to accommodate multiple players. The basketball hoops had a mechanical
catch under each basketball net that would hold the ball up near the
backboard to prove that a shot had been made. Just incase there
were any doubts of foul play, two cameras atop the game captured all the
action including all cash transactions.
The rectangular pipe structure included three walls of netting and a sloped net that would return the thrown balls back to the game attendant and onto the next shooter. A wide range of prizes were offered based on the number of baskets a player could make with the option of upgrading a few smaller prizes for the next bigger size.
The basketball game was also used as part of Great Adventure's "Fun Olympics", a yearly competition between the park's various departments.
|With time, the area around the basketball game changed, with new rides like the Parachuter's Perch, Sarajevo Bobsled, and Great American Scream Machine drawing big crowds to the area. The array of prizes was updated with each season as well, offering whatever the current trend in game prizes was for each season. Prizes ranged from oversized "I'm NBA Quality" pin-back buttons and stuffed toys to plush and real basketballs.|
|For the 1994 season,
the basketball game was moved further up the games area to make way for
the arrival of The Right Stuff Mach 1 Adventure. The entrance to the new
simulator theater took over the spot where the game stand stood for over
With the new location for the basketball game came a new name, taking on the moniker Hot Shots with a fighter jet logo to fit with the new Edwards Air Force Base theme of the area. The game was painted grey and the words "Base Recreation Center" was applied on newly installed corrugated sheet metal on the game's front counter. The entire upper end of the games square was given the theme to match the jet fighter/test pilot theme of the Right Stuff attraction, and the updated basketball game was part of the military facilities meant to serve as a gathering place for soldiers off duty at Edwards to "let off a little steam".
|For the 2001 season
the game moved again, this time to the other end of the games area near
the Four Tents. The basketball game and a rock climbing wall
actually swapped locations after another basketball game, the "Three
Point Shootout" debuted near the simulator theater. The move put
some distance between two similar basketball games.
With the new location the game took on another new name becoming Stop & Pop. For the 2008 season the park partnered in a new sponsorship agreement with Modell's Sporting Goods, and the basketball game took on the Modell's name for that season. For the 2009 season, the sponsorship was dropped, and the game took on yet another name, this time becoming Hot Shots once again, though this time without the fighter plane theming.
Over the years the game has been updated many times with more colorful backdrops and signage to catch the eye of passing guests, and challenging them to see if they are "NBA Quality."
|Original Spotlight: September 24, 2021. GAH Reference#: GAME-1982-004|