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DAYS BEFORE USBC OPENS, A $10 MILLION JACKPOT IS HIT AT SOUTH POINT

A visitor from New Mexico won a $10 million jackpot on a Megabucks slot machine at the South Point resort in Las Vegas just days before the USBC Open Championships was scheduled to begin at the South Point Tournament Plaza and Bowling Center. According to the hotel, the jackpot hit on a $5 wager. This […]

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SPARE TIME TEXAS OPENS MULTI-ATTRACTION OUTDOOR SPACE

After two years of planning, procuring permits, COVID-19 delays and construction challenges, Spare Time Texas has opened its four-acre outdoor expansion. Branded Shaker’s Backyard, it features go-karts, batting cages, SkyTrail and SkyTykes ropes courses, sand volleyball courts, a covered pavilion for events and gatherings, and a full-service restaurant called Shaker’s Smokehaus. Owner Mike Emmons acted […]

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NEW USBC BOARD ROSTER DETERMINED AT VIRTUAL MEETING

United States Bowling Congress delegates elected three board members at the 2021 USBC Virtual Convention and Annual Meeting. The ballot for the USBC Board of Directors election had five candidates slated by the USBC Nominating Committee — Jay Daryman, York, Pa.; Dennis Hacker, Longtown, Mo.; Johnny Harris, Lynchburg, Va.; Chrissy Lee, Tampa, Fla.; and Jonathan Van […]

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IOWA CENTER BOUNCING BACK FROM PANDEMIC AND FLOOD

Every center has faced challenges during the pandemic, but Bowl Mor Lanes in the Iowa community of Sanborn took a double punch to the gut after it was purchased by Bert and Bev Van Dam and their sons, Josh and Jeremy, in May 2019. First, of course, was the mandated COVID-related closure that so many […]

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RENOVATION OF FORMER ARMY BASE CENTER TO MOVE FORWARD

The pandemic delayed countless real estate projects around the country, including the ongoing redevelopment the former Fort Monmouth Army base in New Jersey. Now, Parker Creek Partners says it is ready to begin work on the modernization of the base’s venerable bowling center, transforming it into a bowling-based entertainment venue. Read more about the plans […]

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MATT GASN TO JOIN STORM’S REGIONAL SALES TEAM

Matt Gasn will join Storm Products’ regional sales team, effective June 1. He will support customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The former Junior Team USA member and collegiate team champion has a sterling bowling resumé, but in recent years has been dedicated to service in the bowling industry, working […]

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ROUND1 OPENS NEW VENUE IN VANCOUVER, WASH.

A new Round1 entertainment center has opened at the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Wash. The facility includes the usual Round1 mix of attractions, including bowling lanes, billiard tables, amusement games, plus food-and-beverage service. The entertainment venue and a new Hobby Lobby store have taken over space formerly occupied by a Sears store.

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MANAGEMENT SAYS FIESTA BOWL IS NOT CLOSING

Fiesta Bowl, one of two bowling centers serving The Villages community in Florida, is assuring customers that it is not closing. Its management told Villages-News.com that the reason it is closing two days each week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) this summer is for “improvements and routine maintenance.” The center is open at varying hours on all […]

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PRESERVATIONISTS SEEK TO BLOCK VOELKER’S DEMOLITION

Plans to demolish Voelker’s Bowling Center in Buffalo, N.Y., have been met with opposition by local preservationists. The structure was built in 1892, and originally was a hotel and tavern. Bowling was introduced to the facility in 1941. “We’ve heard from many of our members on how important the bowling alley was to their personal […]

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