Final numbers are in as entries close for 2006 USBC Open Championships

    01/20/06

    United States

    American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006

    2006USBCOpenLogo.jpg Entries are now closed for the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and this year's event will be the second largest ever held outside of Reno, Nev., when competition begins Feb. 11 at the American Bank Center Convention Center.

    The USBC Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament) returns to Corpus Christi for the first time since 1992 with more than 4,000 additional teams. This year, 12,606 five-player teams or 63,030 players will make their way to the American Bank Center.

    The 2005 event in Baton Rouge, La., the tournament's first visit to Louisiana, was the largest ever held outside of Reno, attracting 13,222 teams.

    "We are definitely pleased with the response to this year's event," USBC Chief Tournament Officer Roseann Kuhn said. "We're excited about all of the teams that are making return trips to the Open Championships, and we're looking forward to sharing the tournament experience with all of the newcomers."

    More than 30 locally hired carpenters, electricians and laborers have been hard at work transforming the American Bank Center into a 48-lane state of the art bowling stadium, which also includes office space and vendor areas for the event which will run from 7 a.m. until almost 2 a.m. every day from Feb. 11 until July 3.

    The 2006 event also promises its share of history, as eight bowlers will attempt to find their way into the record books. Roger Tessman, Homosassa, Fla., Bob Hart, Suwanee, Ga., Bert Lindgren, Liberty Lake, Wash., Carl Johansson, St. Charles, Ill., and George Harry, Midway, Ark., are all scheduled to attend the tournament for the 50th time. Glenn Allison, Anaheim, Calif., and Don Ellis, Sugar Land, Texas, will attempt to join the elite 100,000-pin club.

    "The city of Corpus Christi has been so welcoming and things are really coming along nicely," Open Championships Tournament Director Brian Lewis said. "The lanes are in place and the scoreboards are hung and we'll be ready for the bowlers before we know it."

    Once the facility has been completed, it will take 50 to 75 workers, also hired locally, to keep the event running through its closing date. When the Open Championships concludes, it will take workers just five days to tear down the installation and return the American Bank Center to as it was before construction started.

    The USBC Open Championships is open to any USBC adult member, and serves as bowling's premier showcase event. It features both Regular and Classified Divisions, giving bowlers of all skill levels an opportunity to compete on bowling's largest stage.

    This year's field will compete for a prize fund of nearly $5 million.