Each year, thousands of bowlers compete at the USBC Women's Championships, the world's largest participatory sporting event for women. On April 20, the 100th anniversary of the championship will begin in Wichita with an opening ceremony from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Northrock Lanes. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, competition will officially begin in Wichita and will be played until midnight.
The championship will run from April 20 to June 29 at Northrock Lanes and will bring more than 16,000 bowlers to the city. “We are honored to host more than 16,000 bowlers in Wichita for the 100th anniversary of this prestigious event, and can’t wait for them to enjoy all that Wichita has to offer – expansive dining, shopping and entertainment options,” said Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports development.
As a part of the championship, four-person teams of bowlers ranging in age from 16 to senior citizens will travel to Wichita. Each team typically stays in town at least five days and bowls for three of those days. The influx of all these bowlers plus family and friends provides a large economic boost to the host city during the course of the event – estimated at approximately $7 million.
“The tournament is the highlight of the bowling season for USBC female members. Not only is it an opportunity to compete in one of the sport's most prestigious tournaments, it's often treated as a vacation as well,” Hargrove said. “Some will create a girls trip out of the experience, while others will travel with their families.”
Hargrove says the bowlers and their friends and family will be staying in hotels across the city and will plan things to do, from attractions and shopping to dining and nightlife.
Wichita last hosted the championship in 2004. Since then, Northrock Lanes has renovated the inside of its facility – the largest bowling center in the state – to prepare for the return of the event to the city.
“To bring an event with such a rich history to Wichita is a tremendous opportunity, and Northrock Lanes will be a great venue,” said Hargrove. “Wichita has so much to offer bowlers during their time in our city, and we’re looking forward to them creating exciting and memorable experiences in Wichita.”
If you want to see first-hand what the excitement is all about, watch team squads daily at 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm or double/single squads at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 8:30 pm at Northrock Lanes.
For more information, visit www.visitwichita.com/usbc.
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