Thunderbowl Lanes to Host Bowling’s Most Prestigious Event for Young Athletes

Detroit, July 13 – The Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) announced today that Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park has been named the host venue for the 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships scheduled to take place July 26-Aug. 3. It will mark the first time the state of Michigan has welcomed a World Bowling championship event. The DSC was awarded the bid in 2014.

“We look forward to partnering with World Bowling and Thunderbowl Lanes to create an unparalleled experience for the participants,” said Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission executive director. “Bringing the championships to the center adds to its long, storied history.”

The biennial event is considered to be bowling’s most prestigious event for young athletes. It will feature more than 300 bowlers, all under the age of 21, representing 40 different countries

“Youth participation in bowling is very important to us,” said Tom Strobl, Thunderbowl Lanes proprietor. “We currently sponsor four high school bowling teams and hosting the World Youth Championships is a continuation of our involvement at the youth level.”

Thunderbowl features 90 lanes, making it the largest bowling center in the United States. It is also home to the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

“World Bowling is excited that our youth bowlers will have the opportunity to compete in America’s heartland of bowling and experience this historic bowling center,” said Kevin Dornberger, World Bowling CEO. “It’s the perfect setting to host our premier youth tournament.”

Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb. will host this year’s event July 24-Aug. 3. The championships were first held in Manila, Philippines in 1990.

“Thunderbowl Lanes is a great host center and our volunteer base eagerly awaits to assist in making the event a rousing success,” said Mark Martin, Metro Detroit USBC association manager.

Other host cities include 1992 Caracas, Venezuela; 1994 Monterrey, Mexico; 1996 Hong Kong, China; 1998 Inchon, South Korea; 2000 Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; 2002 Pattaya, Thailand; 2004 Tamuning, Guam; 2006 Berlin, Germany; 2008 Orlando, Fla.; 2010 Helsinki, Finland, and 2012 Bangkok, Thailand; and 2014 Hong Kong.

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About the Detroit Sports Commission: The Detroit Sports Commission was formed in 2001 to bring regional, national and international amateur sporting events to metro Detroit. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C)(3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About Thunderbowl Lanes: Built in 1962, Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan features 90 lanes, making it the 2nd largest bowling alley in the United States. The center is also home to the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

About World Bowling: World Bowling is the governing body for the sport of bowling and incorporates 112 National Federations and over 200 million participants worldwide.   Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, World Bowling is autonomous in administering the sport and is responsible to promote the development of bowling throughout the world, promote the Olympic movement, contribute to the achievement of the goals set forth in the Olympic Charter, establish rules for the uniform practice of bowling throughout the world, and ensure that official bowling activities meet the requirements of the Olympic Charter.

About the Metro Detroit USBC Association: The Metro Detroit USBC Association is a service organization which provides certified bowling leagues and bowlers with supplies needed to organize, awards, a bonding program, average verifications, tournaments and regulated lane conditions. Metro Detroit USBC serves nearly 50,000 adult and youth bowlers in the Metropolitan Detroit market and is the largest local association of the United States Bowling Congress.