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It’s Showtime for the ‘13 USBC Women’s Championships

WCPanaramic2013LARGEAfter nearly eight weeks of construction, the transformation of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center is complete, and the one-of-a-kind bowling venue is ready to welcome more than 20,000 bowlers for the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships.

The 81-day event will be held in the convention center; which includes 44 lanes, the world’s largest mobile scoreboard, office and vendor space, locker area, squad room, concessions area and seating for hundreds of bowling fans.

WCTrophies2013LARGEThe USBC Women’s and Open Championships is held in the same host city during the same year for the first time. The Open Championships, which started March 1 and will conclude July 7, is being held at the National Bowling Stadium.

The Women’s Championships, which is making its record-eighth trip to Reno, kicks off April 12 and will go through July 1.

Competition at this year’s tournament will run from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily as bowlers compete in team, doubles and singles in three average-based, all-handicap divisions for a prize fund of nearly $2 million.

More info: www.bowl.com

2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships

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

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.

Exhibits to Visit: September

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

The Discovery

IMG_2344Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

September 6 – 9, 2012

The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more. For a complete calendar of events, click here.

The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions. The museum inspires creativity and innovation in adults and children by providing a hands-on introduction to inventions that have shaped modern society.     

DSC_0023 International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

Funded by the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Reno artist Eileen Gay created the 700-pound sculpture, Pin Setting, in less than four months. Gay worked seven days a week for the last two months of the project, constructing the eight-foot pin, perfecting the bowling ball which is five-feet in diameter and covering approximately 120-sqaure-feet of space with detailed mosaic. Pin Setting puts the final permanent touch on Reno’s International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.

Nevada Museum of Art

Tim Hawkinson

Totem: Internationally-acclaimed artist Tim Hawkinson is known for his complex sculptures. Made from bronze, this single sculpture Totem evokes the forms of discarded plastic bottles or jugs, inviting conversations about water, land, and the challenges Native American cultures have faced related to these natural resources.

Click here for more featured exhibits inside the Nevada Museum of Art.

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Event Guide

On June 27, the stars of women’s bowling will compete under the stars in downtown Reno!

5:00-7:00pm       Street Festival (adjacent to the bowling lanes) on N. Virginia Street

7:00pm                 Opening Ceremonies (under the Reno Arch)

7:30pm                 Competition begins (approx. 2 hours)

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Bowling’s US Women’s Open is bowling’s most prestigious event. This is the first US Open brand event to be held in Reno!

Over 300 of bowling’s greatest women players will go head to head in qualifying rounds to earn one of five coveted spots in the finals, which will be held on the evening of June 27, literally under the stars in downtown Reno. Four bowling lanes are being constructed on N. Virginia Street, with the Reno arch as the backdrop. One of these five finalists could potentially win a $1,000,000 if they bowl a perfect match!

The competition will be televised on ESPN2 next week (July 3) – see if you make it in the crowd shots!

There will be several large screens positioned along the street festival area so everyone is sure to catch the action. (There is limited reserved bleacher seating, for event sponsors and their guests.)

Street Festival:

There is plenty more than just bowling balls rolling around the streets of downtown Reno. Located adjacent to the competition lanes, enjoy a FREE admission to the street festival! Food and beverage will available for sale, courtesy of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Stop by the Reno Tahoe USA special events displays, as well as displays from the major bowling sponsors.

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open to Break History under the Reno Arch

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open – June 21-27

For the second consecutive year, bowling is breaking new ground at Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open, the industry’s pre-eminent professional women’s tournament. Following a landmark television finals event in 2011 that was played at the 50 yard-line in Cowboys Stadium, the Open finals will now – for the first-time ever – be played outdoors on legendary Virginia Street in Reno, Nev. History will be broken twice, as the event will also feature the introduction of the first-ever Bowling’s Senior U.S. Women’s Open, for participants over 50 years old.

538107_10151046030382112_1931746172_nThe 2012 Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open and Senior Open will take place simultaneously, beginning June 21 at the National Bowling Stadium, and will culminate with the top five bowlers earning a spot in the finals on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. For a second consecutive year, the Open finals, in addition to the newly-added Senior Open finals, will be broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.

This event is open to the public for viewing.

www.bowlingsuswomensopen.com.

US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships

 US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014

The additional event bookings will generate 190,000 room nights in Reno Tahoe USA. 

USBC Queens 2The LA Times didn’t call it the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” for nothing. While most cities have a bowling alley, Reno Tahoe USA has an entire stadium dedicated to the sport, and it’s the one-of-a-kind facility and community spirit that has enticed the U.S. Bowling Congress to return year after year.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced Tuesday that Reno has been selected to host the Women’s Championships in 2013 and both the USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014. This marks the first time in USBC history that both events will take place simultaneously in the same city.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2013 and 2014 USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships,” said Ellen Oppenheim, RSCVA President and CEO. “We are equally thrilled to continue to build our long-time partnership with the prestigious events. We are looking forward to welcoming participants of the USBC and their families to our destination for several more years to come.”

Approximately 85,000 bowlers from across the United States and several foreign countries including England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Bermuda, Canada, Bahamas and France participate in the Open Championships. Additionally, more than 45,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe for each tournament. The economic impact for both the additional Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014 is projected to be $242 million in direct local spending.

“The positive impact of winning this piece of business in 2013 and 2014 will be felt by all of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops in the destination,” said Oppenheim. “It also brings Reno Tahoe the opportunity to continue to host one of the largest events in the country. This agreement demonstrates that the National Bowling Stadium is a first rate venue and bowlers enjoy coming to Reno Tahoe.”

The USBC Open Championship will be held inside the one-of-a-kind bowling stadium with simultaneous competition for the Women’s Championships inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC). The last time the RSCC was used for a bowling event was in 1990.

Reno is writing a new page of USBC history in becoming the first city to ever host consecutive tournaments. During previous Open Championships in Reno, 106,916 teams (representing more than 535,000 participants) have competed for more than $30 million in prize money. The Open Championships or Women’s Championships have been held at the National Bowling Stadium 11 times in the past 15 years and are scheduled to return seven  more times.

Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music. Why not do it in the National Bowling Stadium?

 

About United States Bowling Congress:

The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly 2.5 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

                               

About the RSCVA:

The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region.  Reno Tahoe supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment.  For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.