Las Vegas strikes it big with bowling

Las Vegas is in the zone – bowling-wise, that is – thanks to a new agreement signed by the United States Bowling Congress with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority as well as a huge investment by the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa to build a world-class bowling facility.

A rendering of the new bowling center at the South Point in Las Vegas

A rendering of the new tournament-level bowling center being built at the South Point (By Leo A. Daly)

Yesterday, the LVCVA announced a 12-year deal with the sport’s prestigious governing body to host the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016, 2020 and 2022 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023. Plus, during the term of this arrangement, more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short-term events (like the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA trials) will also be held here.

“We look forward to strengthening the partnership over the next decade and becoming the premier destination for USBC events,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO for the LVCVA, about the relationship that began four years ago when Las Vegas hosted the USBC Open Championships at Cashman Center. It ran for a record 154 consecutive days from Feb. 21 to July 24, 2009, during which 17,200 teams competed.

Although these upcoming USBC events will take place citywide, most of the action will occur in the $30 million bowling arena that is to begin construction this month at the South Point. Spread over two stories, it will have 60 lanes and boast the latest in bowling technology. A concourse with a tournament registration area, a bowler’s squad room and modern locker facilities are also in the works.

Rendering of the concourse and registration area at the new bowling center at at the South Point in Las Vegas

A rendering of the concourse and registration area at the South Point's new bowling center (By Leo A. Daly)

“This new bowling facility we’re building with USBC will provide an unrivaled destination for bowling enthusiasts and add another dynamic element to attract visitors to South Point and Las Vegas,” said Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point, which is located at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard, just minutes from the Strip.

The arena-style venue will be separate from the resort’s existing 64-lane bowling center, which is popular with casual and amateur players.

Due to these recent developments, competition is sure to heat up with the northern part of the state. Reno, which is home to the 363,000-square-foot National Bowling Stadium with 78 championship lanes, has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to attracting tournaments. But now Las Vegas is getting ready to become one of the country’s beloved bowling destinations.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.