Dream-Bowl Palace to Continue Hosting Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bob Johnson 0

Brunswick Bowling officials announced this month that the Dream-Bowl Palace will continue to host the annual Brunswick Euro Challenge tournament through 2018.

Since its start in 2004, the BEC has established itself as one of the largest bowling events in Europe, attracting a mix of promising amateur players and PBA stars from Europe, Asia and the United States. The tournament has been held at the state-of-the-art, 52-lane facility in Unterfoehring, Germany, for the past four years.

“We built our bowling center to accommodate European and world championship events, and we’ve been very happy hosting the Brunswick European Challenge,” said Martin Knoebl, center manager of Dream-Bowl Palace. “We ‘live’ bowling and are committed to growing the sport of bowling in Germany. We’re proud to have the world’s best bowlers come to the Dream-Bowl Palace and Unterfoehring for this great tournament, and we appreciate Brunswick’s help with lane maintenance, score keeping and organization.”

Noted Gary Smith, Brunswick Bowling vice president of international sales: “Dream-Bowl Palace is one of the best venues in all of Europe, and the Knoebl family has done a terrific job with the Brunswick Euro Challenge. We’re pleased to have them signed on to continue hosting the tournament.”

The Dream-Bowl Palace features entertainment, dining and event space spanning more than 86,000 square feet over three floors. All bowling lanes are located on the first floor, and feature Brunswick equipment including Vector Plus scoring and management system, GS-X pinsetters, Frameworx and Striking Line furniture, and Pro Lane synthetic lanes.

“The Brunswick Euro Challenge is one of the European Bowling Tour’s ‘platinum’ events, and is key to the World Bowling organization’s mission of expanding the sport around the world,” said Kevin Dornberger, World Bowling president. “The Dream-Bowl Palace and Munich are the ideal location for this event.”

The 2015 BEC was the 10th stop of this year’s World Bowling Tour. For more information about the BEC, visit www.brunswickeurochallenge.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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