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                                            U.S. Open in Central New York

Bowling is a both a competitive sport and leisure activity enjoyed by 70 million Americans.  

The top competitive bowlers in the USA will converge on Syracuse from March 24 thru July 10 for the 100 day US Open Championship.  The event was last held in Syracuse in 1999.   Organizers expect 50,000 visitors and athletes to have a $75 Million impact on the area.  Bowling is a big deal!

There are more than 250 bowling lanes in Upstate New York, with the highest concentrations in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse.

The Syracuse Oncenter will be tranformed into a 48 lane bowling center the US Open.  The NYS High School Bowling Championships and the National Special Olympics will also compete in this state-of-the-art temporary facility.  When the tournament is over, the wood for the lanes will be donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

                   Competitive Bowling

Bowling leagues were a key part of American life for decades, providing an important connecting point for communities.   While lifestyle change has prompted a decline in overall number of local leagues, they are still alive and well in Upstate New York.  The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the major sanctioning body for professional bowling in the USA. Competitions are televised on ESPN, CBS Sports and other channels.  The PBA Tour is the major competition among the pros.  There is also a Regional Tour and Women’s Series. 

          

               Fun for Friends & Families

There are more han 250 bowling faciities in Upstate New York providing competition and recreation for families and bowlers of all ages.  A player rolls a bowling ball towards ten pins at the end of a lane. The objective is to knock the pins down.  A strike is when all the pins are knocked down on the first roll, whereas a spare is when all the pins are knocked over on the second shot. The maximum score is 300.    

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                                                                         Bowling Basics

Bowling is a sport or leisure activity in which a player rolls a bowling ball towards a target. It is one of the major forms of throwing sports. The objective is to knock over pins at the end of a lane. A strike is when all the pins are knocked down on the first roll, whereas a spare is when all the pins are knocked over on the second shot. The maximum score is 300, which is achieved by getting 12 strikes in a row. Today the sport of bowling is played by 100 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide (including 70 million in the United States), and continues to grow through entertainment media such as video games and handheld devices.