Nearly 40,000 bowlers set to invade Detroit area


    United States

    USBC Women's Championships visits Motor City for first time since 1953

    2008USBCWCLogo.jpg The Detroit area will become a bowling mecca for tens of thousands of women when the United States Bowling Congress conducts three of its major championships - the USBC Women's Championships, USBC Queens and USBC Senior Queens - beginning this month.

    Beginning April 10, the first of 7,330 five-player teams (nearly 40,000 bowlers) will descend upon Super Bowl in the Detroit suburb of Canton, Mich., for the Women's Championships. Bowlers from all 50 states and several foreign countries will compete in five-player team, doubles and singles competition in five average divisions.

    The official opening ceremonies for the Women's Championships will take place at Super Bowl on April 10 at 7 p.m.

    The Women's Championships, which is the national championship for women's bowling, will run for 88 consecutive days and will conclude on July 6.

    Making its first visit to Detroit since 1953, the Women's Championships is the highlight of the bowling season for thousands of USBC women members. It's a vacation as well as the opportunity to compete in one of the sport's most prestigious tournaments.

    From a convention and tourism perspective, the influx of approximately 600 bowlers plus family and friends each day is expected to provide an estimated economic boost of approximately $40 million to the Detroit area over the course of the event.

    "This marks our third trip to Detroit and we're looking forward to sharing our sport and this event with the Detroit community," USBC Vice President of Tournaments Jack Mordini said. "As one of the great bowling cities in the world, the participants will not only experience that tradition but also all the Detroit area has to offer."

    Conducted for the first time in 1916 as the Women's International Bowling Congress Tournament, the Women's Championships is widely-recognized as the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women. The Women's Championships had previously been held in Detroit on two other occasions, 1928 and 1953.

    The prize fund for the Women's Championships is expected to exceed $2 million.

    World's best women bowlers to compete in USBC Queens and Senior Queens

    2006USBCQueensLogo.jpg Regular USBC Women's Championships competition will be suspended for five days when the world's best women bowlers will compete in the USBC Queens April 26-30. As one of the most demanding events in professional bowling, an expected field of 300 bowlers will compete for a $200,000 prize fund and $30,000 first prize.

    Competition consists of traditional qualifying and double-elimination match play at Super Bowl, which determines the five players who will compete in the stepladder finals April 30 at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. The finals will be telecast live by ESPN2 April 30 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    The USBC Queens, along with the U.S. Women's Open, are the only major women's bowling events still remaining after the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) ceased operations in 2003.

    Conducted concurrently with the Queens, the 9th annual USBC Senior Queens will be held at Skore Lanes. The Senior Queens features approximately 150 of the world's top women players 50 years and older.