The South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be the home for some of the nation’s biggest bowling events.
Last week, South Point, the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE), and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced a 12-year deal to host several annual USBC events, including the USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships. These events will be both citywide and in a new $30 million bowling tournament facility to be built at South Point.
Over the course of the agreement, USBC will host seven Championship events inside the new facility as well as 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short duration events held throughout Las Vegas.
The economic impact for Las Vegas should be substantial. According to the announcement, the 2009 USBC Open Championships had a total estimated attendance of 292,750 with an average room stay of 4.3 nights and a non-gaming economic impact of more than $120 million.
Construction of the new arena at South Point will commence this month. South Point’s current bowling center already hosts a variety of professional and amateur events. The new tournament facility will include more than 60 lanes featuring new technology, tournament registration area, bowler’s squad room, modern locker facilities and other features.