Entry deadline extended for 2010 USBC Open Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

    2010USBCOCLogo.jpgAlthough there are more than 13,000 teams already signed up for the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev., the entry deadline now has been extended until Jan. 15, 2010.

    The 136-day event begins Feb. 20 at the National Bowling Stadium and is scheduled to conclude on July 5. This will mark the first of two consecutive years the tournament will be held at the NBS. It will be the event's record ninth visit to Reno and the sixth time it will be held at the one-of-a-kind, 78-lane Stadium.

    More than 65,000 competitors will make their way to "The Biggest Little City in the World" to compete for more than $6 million in prize money.

    "While we reached our original entry deadline with good numbers, we decided to add some more time to give more of our members a chance to come and enjoy what Reno and the Open Championships have to offer," said Brian Lewis, USBC Championships Director. "Entries have been coming in at a steady pace, which proves the interest is still there, and we don't want anyone to miss out."

    There are plenty of prime spots available for 2010, and it's never too early to start planning for 2011.

    And since having the event in Reno in back-to-back years is unprecedented, USBC is challenging bowlers to help break the participation record. To entice them, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority has teamed with USBC to form the USBC Eagle's Nest, a special club for team captains who field teams in both 2010 and 2011.

    Upon reserving spots for both years, captains will receive a monthly e-mail newsletter featuring tournament tips, the latest bowling trends and special offers. Eagle's Nest members also will be eligible for special giveaways, including a brand new car or truck, round-trip airfare compliments of USBC Travel, VIP upgrades on accommodations for the 2011 Open Championships and high-performance bowling balls.

    To be eligible, team captains must register teams for both the 2010 and 2011 tournaments, and the 2011 reservation and deposit must be received by July 5, 2010.

    For more information visit USBCopen.com or call the tournament entries department toll free at (800) 514-2695.

    2010USBCWCLogo_small.jpgThere also are plenty of spots available for bowlers interested in competing in the 2010 USBC Women's Championships in El Paso, Texas. More than 7,000 teams are expected to compete in the event, which begins March 27 and runs until June 30. The deadline for the Women's Championships is Jan. 22, 2010. For more information and available times, please visit usbcwomenschampionships.com.