MORE THAN 52,000 BOWLERS TO HIT THE LANES DURING 2013 UNITED STATES BOWLING CONGRESS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

2013-02-28

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority announced today the United States Bowling Congress will hold Opening Ceremonies for the 110th Open Championships on Friday, March 1st, at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and the Mass Ball Shot Ceremony approximately 30 minutes after Opening Ceremonies begin.
 
Marking a record 11th visit to Reno Tahoe, the 2013 tournament will draw more than 10,500 teams representing more than 52,000 bowlers from all 50 states and nine foreign countries. Additionally, more than 26,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe throughout the tournament, which runs through June 29th. The USBC Open Championships were first held at the National Bowling Stadium in 1995, and the economic impact of the anticipated 78,750 visitors to the destination in 2013 is projected to be $150 million.  
 
“The return of the USBC Open Championships is an exciting event for Reno Tahoe USA,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “And we’re making history once again as the first destination to host both the USBC Open Championships and the USBC Women’s Championships in the same year.”  
 
The USBC Women’s Championships begin this April, on temporary lanes currently being constructed in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The Women’s Championships are expected to draw more than 37,000 visitors, bowlers and guests included, during the three-month tournament. Reno Tahoe USA will also be the first destination to host both the USBC Open Championships and the USBC Women’s Championships in consecutive years when both tournaments return in 2014.