2/27/2013

USBC NEWS: USBC announces future championships host cities


February 27, 2013

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USBC ANNOUNCES FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS HOST CITIES

ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress has selected twofuture sites for the Open Championships, including a move to the east, whilethe Women's Championships is heading to the Midwest and Gulf Coast.

The USBC Open Championships will return to the Oncenter Convention Center inSyracuse, N.Y., in 2018, and the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La.,will host the 2025 tournament as part of a multi-year agreement also involvingthe USBC Women's Championships. Syracuse last hosted the Open Championships in1999, and Baton Rouge welcomed the event in 2005 and 2012.

"We understand the importance of bringing the Open Championships east andfeel our bowlers will be very happy with these selections," USBC ExecutiveDirector Stu Upson said. "Syracuse and Baton Rouge have been great partnercities, and we are thrilled to have the event visit these regions onceagain."

Three sites have been decided for the Women's Championships. The 2017tournament will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center, and in 2019, NorthrockLanes and Thunderbird Bowl in Wichita, Kan., will host the tournament. The 2021Women's Championships will take place in Mobile, Ala., at the Arthur R. OutlawConvention Center.

"The USBC Women's Championships will feature a variety of venues andlocations in the coming years," Upson said. "The change tofour-person teams has the potential to generate a new audience for this event,and we hope the excitement of these city selections will help the tournamentgrow."

The 2017 and 2021 tournaments will be held in the convention-center settingmade popular at the Open Championships and introduced at the Women'sChampionships in 2010. The unique atmosphere includes specially-constructedlanes, vendor and office space and the world's largest mobile scoreboard.

In Wichita, the tournament will return to the roots of the Women'sChampionships and be held in two traditional bowling centers. It will be the100th tournament in Women's Championships history. The tournament first washeld in 1916.

USBC continues to explore options for a multi-year agreement with populardestination cities to complement the tournaments that will take place in Renoas part of the contract extension announced last year.

For more information on the Open and Women's Championships, visit BOWL.com.

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