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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Indiana State Senior Bowling Tournament Rolls into Bloomington this Weekend

Categories: press releases

March 31, 2009

Media Contacts:
Eric Marvin, 812.355.7726 or eric@visitbloomington.com
Tosha Daugherty, 812.355.7726 or tosha@visitbloomington.com

2009 Indiana State Senior Bowling Tournament
Rolls into Bloomington this Weekend

More than 1,500 bowlers will compete for Senior State Champion honors.

Bloomington – The 2009 Indiana State Senior Bowling Tournament will be held in Bloomington beginning this weekend. The event will run April 4-11 and April 13-19. The event was awarded to the Bloomington community after a bid was submitted to the Indiana State Men’s Bowling Committee. This is the first time that Bloomington has hosted a bowling tournament of this kind and local businesses should expect to see a significant increase in traffic during the event. The tournament is presented by the Bloomington USBC, which is the local organization of the United States Bowling Congress.

Suzanne Harden, spokesperson for the Bloomington USBC is pleased that this year’s event will be held in Bloomington, “The best thing about hosting a tournament like this is seeing seniors from all over the state coming to Bloomington to bowl and have a good time. It is a lot of work but at the same time it is very rewarding.”

The Hoosier Sports Corp is the sports marketing arm of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Director of Sports Development, Eric Marvin, is excited about working with the Bloomington USBC to bring a new event to the area. “This is the first time that we have ever hosted a senior state USBC event in Bloomington. Local businesses and area hotels can expect to see a noticeable impact while participants are in town.” According to Marvin, there are already more than 1,500 participants registered for the tournament, most of whom will spend one to two nights in the area.

The tournament is open to any USBC member in Indiana, age 50 or older. The Hoosier Sports Corp estimates that the event will bring somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 participants to the area for events on April 4-11 and April 13-19. Participants will be vying for the Senior State Champion title in a variety of divisions. The total economic impact of the event is estimated to be in excess of $2.7 million.

Opening ceremonies for the tournament will be held on April 4 at 10:30 am at Classic Lanes. USBC President Hobart Shipley will be on hand to kick off the event. Mike McAfee, executive director of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has the honor of throwing out the first bowl at the ceremonies. The tournament will begin with about 100 bowlers immediately following the opening ceremony. Participants will bowl in two shifts, beginning at 11 am and 2:30 pm. The tournament is open to the public and spectators are welcome.

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