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South Point Hotel and Casino Strikes Down the First Pins in the South Point Bowling Plaza, its New $35 Million USBC Tournament Bowling Facility

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Las Vegas – On Thursday, Oct. 30, South Point Hotel and Casino celebrated the opening of the South Point Bowling Plaza, a $35 million state-of-the-art bowling facility, built as part of a 12-year deal with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE), and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

Before being opened to the public, the South Point Bowling Plaza rolled into action as South Point Hotel and Casino General Manager Ryan Growney, South Point Director of Bowling Operations Mike Monyak and South Point Arena and Equestrian Center General Manager Steve Stallworth took guests on exclusive tours of the facility. During guided tours, invited guests and media were treated to the USBC experience in the 350-seated squad room where each guest had photos taken in the official USBC team photo area before taking a practice bowl down the USBC stub lane.

“Our new facility is top-notch in the world of tournament bowling and was designed specifically for tournament bowlers with 60 lanes, the latest in bowling technology and unparalleled amenities for future tournament participants,” said Ryan Growney, South Point Hotel and Casino general manager.

Following a tour of the South Point Bowling Plaza, representatives from South Point, USBC, LVE and LVCVA rolled the first official shots. In lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting, red pins were placed at the head of each set and knocked out by Ryan Growney, South Point Hotel and Casino general manager, Chad Murphy, USBC executive director, Hugh Sinnock, LVCVA vice president of customer experience and Pat Christenson, LVE president, to commemorate the opening of the South Point Plaza Bowling Facility.

Guests were invited to experience the new tournament facility during in an open bowl after the unveiling event concluded. Professional bowlers, including Diana Zavjawva, Dave Wodka, Dan McClelland and Tommy Jones. roamed the lanes giving guests the opportunity to play the game with a pro. 

Over the course of the 12-year agreement, USBC South Point Bowling Plaza will host several annual USBC events, including the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017. The partnership will bring more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short duration events including events to Las Vegas such as the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA trials.

The GEICO Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling VI is the first event to take place inside the South Point Plaza Bowling on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. For additional information, please visit the South Point Arena event website.

Photo Captions

SPBowlingPlaza_1: Pat Christenson, Las Vegas Events president, Hugh Sinnock, LVCVA vice president of customer experience, Ryan Growney, South Point Hotel and Casino general manager and Chad Murphy, USBC executive director, break in the South Point Bowling Plaza with first official bowl.

SPBowlingPlaza_2: Guests participate in South Point Bowling Plaza’s open bowl, the only opportunity for the general public to bowl in the tournament facility, during the new plaza’s grand opening.

SPBowlingPlaza_3: Chad Murphy, USBC executive director, Ryan Growney, South Point Hotel and Casino general manager, Pat Christenson, Las Vegas Events president and Hugh Sinnock, LVCVA vice president of customer experience, getting ready to strike down the first pins in the South Point Bowling Plaza.

SPBowlingPlaza_4: The 90,000-square-foot facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, features 60 lanes, a 360-seat viewing area and two 167-foot state-of-the-art digital displays with static and animated advertising capabilities, spanning across the two 30 lane competition floors

About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as Wi-Fi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room; the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center; and a 165,000-square foot convention center. In addition, South Point holds one of the finest event facilities in the country with the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, which features more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.

For more information or for room reservations, call (702) 796-7111 or visit the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa website. Connect with South Point on FacebookTwitterYouTube and foursquare.

About United States Bowling Congress:

The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body for the sport. USBC is a membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits to make bowling fair and fun for everyone. The interactive home of USBC is BOWL.com.

About the LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and almost 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com

About Las Vegas Events:

Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city.  Founded in 1983, LVE is funded by hotel room tax.  Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors.  Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events. For more information, visit www.lasvegasevents.com.

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