Albuquerque Hosts World’s Largest Participatory Sporting Event
- 2008 Event is the 105th running of the event and second time in
- 60,000 - 85,000 participants each year.
- Prize fund tops $5 million.
By The Numbers
- 60 Lanes
- Enough lumber and materials in lane construction to build five, three-bedroom homes, plus six miles of cable and wiring.
- More than one million pins are expected to drop over the 143 day tournament.
- According to the USBC, 100,000 visitors are expected generating $75 - $100 million in economic impact.
Going High Tech
- A 12-lane side tournament features state-of-the-art LED scoreboards.
- Scoreboards offer a clearer picture with the latest 10mm technology.
- The enhanced graphics include 4.4 trillion colors and streaming video.
- The new scoreboards are tagged as the world's largest mobile scoreboard of their kind.
- The side tournament features ultra-modern furniture and sleek touch-screen technology.
“We are thrilled to host the USBC Open Championships again. The buzz downtown is exciting and our local economy will benefit tremendously from having the bowlers and their families in town over the next several months,” said Dale Lockett, president/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The event is based on tradition in which many family members compete and travel together.
"We really try to do the Open Championships together every year and make our plans around the event,” said Kevin Quinn who bowls with his brother. “We were both here in 2000 and we really enjoy it in
Daily competitions run from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. through July 7th. Spectators are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.