New Entertainment Venues to Include Bowling

by Bob Johnson 0

Several new entertainment centers that include bowling as part of their attraction mix have opened recently or are about to.

* Main Event has a new venue in Cypress Creek, Fla., featuring 22 lanes of bowling, laser tag, rock climbing, glow and mini-golf, pool tables, virtual reality, more than 100 arcade games and more within its 50,000-sq.-ft. footprint. The company now has 44 locations in 18 states.

* Party HQ, a large FEC in Bowie, Md., near Washington, D.C., features a bowling installation by QubicaAMF, a Hologate VR arena, a battle-themed laser tag arena from Creative Works, 50 arcade games and more.

* United Kingdom-based Hollywood Bowl has opened a new venue at York Stadium, part of a large leisure project in York. The facility includes 24 lanes, plus a four-lane VIP area. Due to the coronavirus protocols, only every other lane is being used for the time being. Hollywood Bowl Group is comprised of 64 bowling venues, as well as a number of mini golf complexes under the Puttstars brand.

* The new indoor entertainment center at the Thunder Road complex in Sioux Falls, S.D., includes eight lanes equipped with QubicaAMF’s HyperBowling, a seven-dimensional theater experience, a blacklight laser tag area, bumper cars, axe throwing and dozens of arcade games.

* Games Planet is a new FEC in Hamdaniya, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The venue features bumper cars, a soft-play area, nearly six dozen arcade games and kiddie rides. Plans call for the addition of bowling lanes, a virtual reality arena and a restaurant.

* A new Round1 entertainment center is scheduled to open on Oct. 24 at the Deptford Mall in Deptford Township, N.J. It will include the usual mix of bowling, arcade games, billiards, food-and-beverage service and more. The facility is located in space formerly occupied by a Sear store, and will have both exterior and interior mall entrances.

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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