POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:43pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The US Bowling Congress has made its way to the Capital City twice already, most recently in 2012. Now for the third time, Baton Rouge is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the event in 2025.
"We're excited and we'e proud. We're really anticipating some great activity in Baton Rouge," said Visit Baton Rouge's Paul Arrigo.
"Some" activity might be an understatement - the US Bowling Congress will bring an estimated 100,000 people to the Capital City, which means more profits for local businesses.
"In 2012, the economic impact was $113 million dollars. In 2025, we have to assume it will as much as double", noted Arrigo.
Baton Rouge bowlers like Steve Cross, who actually bowled in the Open last year said this event benefits not only our restaurants and hotels, it helps people look at bowling in a different way.
"It's a great thing for the economy because it gets people from out of town into local bowling centers," said Cross.
All Star Lane's manager, Mike LaCroix said that it’s not only the visitors that start picking up bowling balls during the Open.
"We see a lot more people come out bowling because it's always in the news and stuff, and that's very encouraging," said LaCroix.
But why Baton Rouge?
"They feel welcomed by the community, and the bowlers feel welcome by the community," stated LaCroix.
So now with open arms, Baton Rouge will embrace the upcoming economic boost.
"The community opens up its arms. It's really a great experience," said Arrigo. "It's a win-win opportunity for Baton Rouge, the state of Louisiana and the US Bowling Congress."
The Women's US Bowling Open will be held in Baton Rouge in 2017. That event is smaller than the Men's Open, but will also bring in a large amount of people, which will in turn, boost the economy as well.