The operation of the U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Open is a collaborative effort by USBC and BPAA and jointly funded by the two organizations. The 2018 U.S. Open will take place Oct. 24-31. The USBC Open Championships widely is recognized as the largest participatory sporting event in the world. Consisting of team, doubles, singles and optional all-events competition, the Open Championships is held in an arena or convention-center setting each year.
ABOUT THE USBC OPEN
The USBC Open Championships (formerly the ABC Championships Tournament) is widely recognized as the world's largest participatory sporting event. The event consists of team, doubles, singles and an optional all-events competition and is conducted in an arena or convention center setting in a different city each year.
The Open Championships allows the grassroots USBC members to experience competition in a stadium-like atmosphere, while combining their bowling experience with a vacation to the tournament city.
The tournament was held for the first time in 1901 when six lanes were installed in the Welsbach Building in downtown Chicago. The event ran for four days, hosting 41 teams from nine states, while offering a prize fund of $1,592.
Today, it takes a team of more than 30 carpenters and laborers more than a month to transform a venue into a state of the art 48-lane bowling center (60 lanes in 2009) before the Open Championships begin its 140-day run (recent tournaments have run anywhere from 135-154 days). The event attracts 60,000 to 90,000 participants from all 50 states and features a prize fund that exceeds $5 million. The Open Championships regularly is conducted at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, and the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas as well as exciting cities such as El Paso, Syracuse and Baton Rouge.
Open to all bowlers who hold a USBC adult membership, the Open Championships has three divisions - Classified for bowlers who average 180 or less (360 combined doubles average; 900 combined team average), Standard for bowlers who average 181-209 and a Regular Division for those who average 210 and higher.