POSTED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:41pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:59pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The United States Bowling Congress has selected two future sites for the Open Championships, including a move to the east, while the Women's Championships is heading to the Midwest and Gulf Coast.
The USBC Open Championships will return to the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2018, and the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., will host the 2025 tournament as part of a multi-year agreement also involving the USBC Women's Championships. Syracuse last hosted the Open Championships in 1999, and Baton Rouge welcomed the event in 2005 and 2012.
"We understand the importance of bringing the Open Championships east and feel our bowlers will be very happy with these selections," USBC Executive Director Stu Upson said. "Syracuse and Baton Rouge have been great partner cities, and we are thrilled to have the event visit these regions once again."
Three sites have been decided for the Women's Championships. The 2017 tournament will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center, and in 2019, Northrock Lanes and Thunderbird Bowl in Wichita, Kan., will host the tournament. The 2021 Women's Championships will take place in Mobile, Ala., at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center.
"The USBC Women's Championships will feature a variety of venues and locations in the coming years," Upson said. "The change to four-person teams has the potential to generate a new audience for this event, and we hope the excitement of these city selections will help the tournament grow."
The 2017 and 2021 tournaments will be held in the convention-center setting made popular at the Open Championships and introduced at the Women's Championships in 2010. The unique atmosphere includes specially-constructed lanes, vendor and office space and the world's largest mobile scoreboard.
In Wichita, the tournament will return to the roots of the Women's Championships and be held in two traditional bowling centers. It will be the 100th tournament in Women's Championships history. The tournament first was held in 1916.
USBC continues to explore options for a multi-year agreement with popular destination cities to complement the tournaments that will take place in Reno as part of the contract extension announced last year.
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