Monday, September 23, 2013

National Bowling Stadium

Reno, NV  High 68  Low 42


When I read about this stadium I knew it was a must stop for us. My dad owned a bowling alley when I was a teenager in Sidney, MT. We went to Florida and to California with Dad when he went to Bowling School. The first trip was to learn how to repair the pinsetter machines. The second trip was when they upgraded the machines and he had to learn how to take care of the new machines. Those first machines broke down on a regular basis and Dad would have to go in the back and reset the pins manually.

This is from their website:

“Bowling is kind of a big deal in Reno. While most cities have bowling centers, we have a stadium. That's right - a stadium. The only facility of its kind in the world, the National Bowling Stadium (referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins" by The Los Angeles Times) is dedicated to the classic sport of bowling.”

This stadium was opened in 1995, cost $47.5 million dollars and took three years to build.

This three wheel cycle by B.S.A. debuted in 1929. It had a reverse gear, electric started and a top. It also had an air-cooled engine that powered a 3 speed gearbox and front wheel drive. It was donated to the stadium by one of the owner’s daughters.


We were disappointed when we got there because the Hall of Fame and Museum were closed. The signs say they are open daily but the security guard told us that they are really only open when there are tournaments happening. The guard said the only reason the building was open was because they had an event planned for that evening. But he told us we could take a look around and take pictures as long as we stayed off the lanes. (Why anyone would walk on the lanes in regular shoes is beyond me.)

This is not your ordinary bowling alley. When you walk in the door there is a bronze sculpture of a family on their way to bowling. It was given to the Stadium by the Brunswick Corporation.


You can take an elevator or ride the escalator to the fourth floor tournament level.


There are 64 lanes (our bowling alley had 8 lanes).


P1060728At one end of the stadium is a separate room with 10 lanes. This area can be rented out for parties if not in use for tournaments.




This section has two lanes more than our bowling alley.


Drinks are not allowed down in the bowling area so they provide these booths with tables for bowlers to use between their turns.


I was totally amazed by this place but this section really caught my attention. I think this area can be converted to a huge theater but it looked really strange to have all this seating at one end of the building with sky boxes.  


It seems a shame to me that they don’t allow public bowling here. It is strictly for tournaments and other special events. Such a waste of an awesome facility.



  1. Looks like a fun place to visit. I am hoping to get out this Wednesday to Fool's Hallow for a few days, hope your travels are safe and enjoyable!

  2. Just added this to my bucket list. Can't believe they don't have some open bowling.

    Is this where they filmed Kingpin? looks like it.
    A bowling mecca who bowling. I started in a place that sounds like your Dad's, except there were 12 lanes, all underneath a supermarket.

  3. I did a lot of bowling in my twenties, but not since. I don't even remember how to do my approach and release the ball anymore. :(

  4. And such a waste of money. 47.5 million dollars and it is not open to the public. Crazy. I used to watch Bowling for Dollars and that was a very large facility too.

  5. Maybe they can't make enough money on regular bowling to staff the place? They must have to heat/cool it anyway to keep the lanes in good shape. Does seem like a real waste not to open it up, though.

  6. Your Dad was a bowling alley owner... how cool is that! love the Pin Car... beautiful place... does seem a shame to keep it from public bowling.

  7. Wow, what a bowling alley. We will put this stop on our bucket list. Safe Travels

  8. We are back in the land of the living. Going to try to catch up on everyone's posts.

    I bowled all my life until I can in a car accident. I loved to bowl. Thanks so much for the wonderful tour.

    Love the "bowlmobile." lol

  9. That is so cool! I was the score keeper for my grandfather and his league back when I was in high school. I agree that they could at least open a small section for daily use.

  10. I can't imagine how noisy it must be in there when all the lanes are being played. Do they offer courtesy hearing protection?

  11. OK Sandie, what was your bowling average if you had unlimited access to a bowling alley? The place looks like a super place to bowl in and it would be neat to tour it. You guys find the neatest places to visit.

    Have fun out there.

  12. If your dad owned a bowling alley, I bet you had a real high average. Is that right?

  13. That's quite the bowling alley and glad you at least got to have a look around. Bowling was the the primary wintertime activity where I grew up in northern WV. It was 3 games for a dollar in our Sat youth league.

  14. Another place that we never knew about, but now want to see.

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