Plans announced for $30 million bowling facility at South Point
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Plans were revealed yesterday for a new $30 million bowling tournament facility at the South Point hotel and casino and a 12-year deal to host several major bowling events.
The announcement was made by the South Point, the United States Bowling Congress, Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Over the course of the 12-year agreement, USBC will host seven championship events inside the new bowling tournament facility, including the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016, 2020 and 2022 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023.
There will also be more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short duration events held throughout Las Vegas during the agreement, including events such as the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA trials.
In 2009, the USBC Open Championships, held at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, ran for a record 154 consecutive days with a capacity total of 17,200 teams competing from Feb. 21 to July 24, 2009.
The total estimated attendance for bowling participants and their travel parties was 292,750 with an average room stay of 4.3 nights and a non-gaming economic impact of more than $120 million.
Las Vegas was also host city for the USBC Open Championships in 1986. The USBC Women’s Championships previously was held in Las Vegas in 1973 and 1983, attracting 9,644 and 14,430 teams, respectively.
The new bowling facility will include more than 60 lanes featuring the latest bowling technology, a tournament registration area, a bowler's squad room, modern locker facilities and more.
Construction is scheduled to begin May 2013.