"The Stars Shine Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas"

    01/27/10

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    Grand Opening of the International Bowling Campus by Joan B. Taylor

     The theme of the grand opening was "The Stars Shine Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas" and it was no exaggeration. The grand opening of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington Texas was embedded in a bowling summit over three days.

    People came in from all over the country and a few from outside the US for the Southern Bowling Writers Dinner and Roast, a Bowling Writers of America (BWAA) Board Meeting, and two days of seminars wrapped around a mini-expo. The Bowling Proprietors of America (BPAA) and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) held their board meetings as well.

    20100125IBCGOCristieKiblerMissArlington.jpgBut they were all in town for the grand opening of the International Bowling Campus consisting of headquarters for the BPAA which was always there, USBC, and the newly-relocated (from St. Louis, Missouri) Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum.

    20100125IBCGOMacphersonDorinBallardBarnes.jpgAfter the United States Marine color guard presented the colors and Miss Arlington, Christie Kibler (pictured right) sang the National Anthem, speakers gave presentations, all emphasizing that the bowling campus is an asset to Arlington and is nestled among an even larger complex including the Dallas Cowboys new (football) stadium, the Texas Rangers stadium and the huge amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas, a 212-acre mega complex itself.

    Pictured left are women's bowling all-time greats, Wendy Macpherson, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Lynda Barnes (l-r). Photos Joan B. Taylor.

    The mayor of Arlington and a US Representative were there. Even John Berglund, former Executive Director of the BPAA, who was a big part of getting the other integers of bowling to move in, flew in from St. Martin in the US Virgin Islands to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

    Ironically there are six flags in front of the bowling campus: bowling campus, USBC, American flag with a Prisoners of War and Missing (POW/MIA) flag beneath it, the Texas flag, BPAA, and Hall of Fame/Museum flag. USBC staffer Ron DeRoxtra quipped "Six Flags Over Bowling".

    20100125IBCGORibbonCutting.jpg20100125IBCGOTourExhibit.jpgHundreds of proprietors, pro shop owners and media representatives witnessed the usual ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured left) and were treated to tours of the USBC offices, the museum, and the International Training and Research Center (right).

    The complex will be hosting the national Queens tournament in May and it was announced, Bowl Expo next year.

    It is the hopes of the politicians, Convention and Visitors Bureau and countless hotels in the area, that the hundreds of acres will bring in families to enjoy the amusement park, sports stadiums, and bowling component of this Texas-size megalopolis for many years to come.

     


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