FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., normally a showcase for country music artists, cage fighting and wrestling, is undergoing a transformation into a state-of-the-art bowling facility for its national television debut Sunday when the arena will become the stage for the stepladder finals of the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.
The first-ever ESPN telecast from FireLake Arena will begin at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local time) on a two-lane installation on the arena floor. The setting will allow for a much larger crowd than can typically fit into a conventional bowling center. Tickets for the finals will be available at the door, or through the “tickets” link on pba.com.
Fans attending the TOC finals also are invited to attend a special Super Bowl party at FireLake Arena following the ESPN finals, including live coverage of Super Bowl 50 on the arena’s giant television screens.
FireLake Arena sits across the parking lot from FireLake Bowling Center, where preliminary qualifying and match play rounds of the TOC are taking place today through Friday, along with a “PBA Experience” pro-am event on Saturday. All preliminary rounds are being streamed live to a global audience on PBA’s subscription-based Xtra Frame online bowling channel (starting at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST each day). While a traditional bowling center can rarely accommodate more than 200-300 hundred fans, PBA’s video-streaming service allows Xtra Frame’s more than 8,000 subscribers around the world an opportunity to watch preliminary rounds of PBA competition.
For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.