When you ask most bowlers in the United States about going to Reno, Nevada
, they groan or complain. The USBC Open Championships have been held in the city 10 times since the National Bowling Stadium opened in 1995 and team entries have dropped from 17,285 to just 8,063 this year.
Pictured right is the author, Lucas Wiseman, who has covered bowling events around the world for more than a decade. You can follow him on Twitter at @Lucas_Wiseman.
Reno fatigue is real and its impact is undeniable. That being said, I’m going to say something many bowlers will scoff at – I actually like going to Reno.
Pictured above – A look at the National Bowling Stadium from the Silver Legacy.
Last weekend I took my wife to Reno to bowl for the first time in the USBC Open, which is considered the national championships in the United States, and it allowed me to rediscover a city I have known for nearly 20 years.
The biggest problem is bowlers have preconceived opinions of The Biggest Little City in the World. When they do go to bowl, most bowlers don’t venture outside of the main drag of casinos and the one-block walk to the National Bowling Stadium.
If you venture out, Reno has a lot to offer and has made major strides in recent years to clean up its act.
Just four or five blocks from the National Bowling Stadium is a beautiful riverfront district that has been developed with high-quality restaurants and spectacular views of the Truckee River.
Just a few blocks from the National Bowling Stadium is the beautiful Truckee River.
We also spent a day visiting Virginia City and Lake Tahoe, taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying the fresh air.
The weekend we visited Reno, the Eldorado BBQ Blues & Brews Festival was going on with free concerts just outside the National Bowling Stadium from bands like the Gin Blossoms and Everclear.
Despite what you may think, Reno has done a lot for bowlers over the years. They built us a fabulous, but aging, venue to showcase our talents and continue to support USBC events despite declining participation.
It’s time to reward Reno with our loyalty and give the city another chance. They’ve earned it, and frankly, we as bowlers, owe it to them.
By Lucas Wiseman
A huge crowd gathers on Fourth Street in Reno for the Gin Blossoms concert.