RENO — The 2012 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will begin its 86-day run at the National Bowling Stadium, welcoming the first of more than 30,000 bowlers to Reno, today beginning at 9 a.m.
In conjunction with the opening of the tournament, the new International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBM/HF) Reno Exhibit on the ground floor of the stadium will open its doors for the first time and celebrate more than 5,000 years of bowling history.
The grand opening of the IBM/HF Reno Exhibit will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and toast. Speakers will include Dwight Dortch, Chairman of the Board for the RSCVA, and IBM/HF President Keith Hamilton.
Later in the day, the fourth floor of the NBS will be the place to be as the opening ceremony of the 2012 USBC Women’s Championships takes center stage at about 1 p.m.
The Opening-Day festivities will include the Mass Ball Shot ceremony, which will signal the official beginning of the 2012 event. One bowler on each lane will roll a ball at the same time. Seventy four teams are scheduled to compete on the opening squad.
The entertainment will include a performance by the cast of “Man in the Mirror,” a theatrical tribute to the music of Michael Jackson. Several local and bowling-industry dignitaries also will be recognized and say a few words prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The first of more than 6,100 five-player teams will begin bowling for score at approximately 2 p.m. The competition will continue daily until July 8.
The Women’s Championships is making its seventh trip to Reno and sixth visit to the NBS. The 2012 event will mark the 93rd running of the world’s largest participatory sporting event for women. This year’s tournament is the start of a four-year run for the Women’s Championships in The Biggest Little City in the World.
Reno also will be the home of the USBC Open and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014, marking the first time the storied events have visited the same city during the same year. The IBM/HF Reno Exhibit will be open for public viewing during regular NBS hours and is free of charge to tour. The National Bowling Stadium is located at 300 N. Center St. in Reno.