Future tournament sites selected for USBC Open and Women's Championships

    03/02/06

    United States

    Local economic impact between $45-50 and $75-100 million

    Three cities have been selected to host flagship events conducted by the United States Bowling Congress.

    For the first time in its history, the USBC Women's Championships will be held in a specially-constructed arena setting beginning in 2010 in El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. The event will continue the arena setup in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2011 at the Convention Center at Oncenter.

    The USBC Open Championships, which has been held in an arena setting since it was first conducted in 1901, will be held in Baton Rouge, La., in 2012 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

    The selections, which were made by the USBC executive staff, came from a pool of four cities that bid on the events with only Albuquerque, N.M., not being selected.

    "All four cities made excellent presentations and it was a very hard choice to make," USBC Chief Tournament Officer Roseann Kuhn said. "The three cities we have selected offer everything we were looking for and will be great destinations for our bowlers to visit."

    Letters of intent have been received from El Paso, Syracuse and Baton Rouge, however, the contracts must be finalized within 45 days for the selections to stand.

    The USBC Women's Championships, previously known as the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament, was first held in 1916 and attracts between 8,000 and 13,000 five-player teams each year. El Paso and Syracuse can expect to realize between $45-50 million in local economic impact from the events in 2010 and 2011.

    The USBC Open Championships, previously known as the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, attracts over 12,000 teams annually with a local economic impact between $75-100 million.

    The selection of El Paso marks the first time the Women's Championships will be held in that city and the fourth time the event has been held in Texas. For Syracuse, it will be the third time that city has hosted the women's event with the previous two coming in 1954 and 1940.

    Baton Rouge wrapped up a successful run as host of the Open Championships in 2005. That event attracted 13,222, making it the largest Open Championships ever held outside of Reno, Nev.

    Future sites for the Women's Championships include Reno this year, Charlotte, N.C., in 2007, Detroit in 2008 and Reno in 2009. For the Open Championships, Corpus Christi, Texas, is hosting this year's event followed by Reno in 2007, Albuquerque in 2008, Las Vegas in 2009, Reno in 2010 and Wichita, Kan., in 2011.