Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bowling in America

Bowling is America's number one sport where multiple people participate. There are over 67 million people who bowl at least once per year, and over 2 million who play in leagues across the country. These statistics and others show that bowling is stable even in hard economic times. It is a fun, family-oriented activity that is usually near to home, and it doesn't usually cost a fortune. 

Many bowling alleys are pulling themselves into the 21st century - albeit, kicking and screaming a little. Some of the bowling modernization changes have to do with updates to the traditional snack bar by offering more high-quality food and beverage options including upscale restaurant, bowling lounges and bars. Other changes are coming to many bowling centers in bringing facilities more up-to-date, re-decorating, offering a better and more broad range of products, and going digital, if they haven't already. Ownership of these bowling centers - both big and small - turns out to be diverse with no central trend other than the fact that a large portion of them appear to be family-owned and operated. All things considered, bowling has become a $6 billion industry in the US. 

Bowling alley construction has really undergone some changes in recent years. In some instances, the resurgence of bowling means that other configurations are in play - being combined with other activities to make it even more family-oriented, or urban upscale changes that use lounge concepts with luxury restaurants and a bistro atmosphere. Affluent homeowners are bringing residential bowling into the home with private alleys that are built-in through home improvement projects. Entertainment parks or hotels are putting in mini bowling systems to profit from this pastime even in small spaces that they can spare. 

A top-notch bowling equipment manufacturer is likely to be very busy if they aren't already with all the growth both now and the near future. Being sure to stock plenty of equipment configurations and different products will be essential to get a piece of the action.
Learn more about bowling alley equipment and construction at US Bowling Corporation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Residential Bowling Alley Installations – Factors To Be Taken Into Account

Residential bowling alley installations are becoming increasingly popular lately in the US. The number of residential bowling alley installations is increasing every year. Previously, only the most affluent people opted for home bowling alley installations but today more and more people are ready to invest in bowling alley installations at their homes hoping to bring right into their homes the fun and excitement of commercial bowling alleys. Installing residential bowling alley will of course make you popular not only among your friends, but in the entire neighborhood. You can have fun with your family and friends right at your home. Your home will become one of the most favored hangout spots for your friends.

While installing home bowling alleys is certainly a fancy idea, there are certain important factors that need you need to be taken into account before you can successfully install the bowling alleys in your home. The first consideration of course here is going to be your budget. To get an idea on what exactly to expect when it comes to the budget, try to get quotes from the most trusted bowling alley manufacturer. It is important that you contact only reputed bowling companies because the quality and the durability of the bowling alleys installed will of course depend on the quality of the bowling equipment used.

The second most important consideration is the space. The space required will depend on the number of lanes required and whether you need a lounge along with your bowling alley. If we have to take into consideration just the bowling alleys then you will need a minimum of 86’-6” in length. If you are going for two lanes then you will need 11’-6” in width. If you prefer, you can also add aisles on either side of the lanes. In case you are planning to install the bowling alleys in the basement, make sure that the ceiling height is at least 10’ because you will need to install the display equipment over the lanes, moreover, if the ceiling height is too low it will affect the visual appeal of the entire space. When you contact an experienced bowling alley manufacturer, they will give you all the specifications and the minimum space requirements for the entire setup.

It is not enough that you have the required money and the space for the installation of your bowling alley, you need entrances that are wide enough to get the bowling equipment into the installation area. It is therefore important to check with your bowling company on the requirements on the provisions required for the installation. All these are just the groundwork required for the installation. You cannot however put the cart before the horse; you will need to ensure that you spend adequate time to have these basic factors addressed first.

You should work only with an experienced bowling company. The bowling alleys should be installed professionally and the best equipment should be used so that you do not run into frequent maintenance issues and repair work.
For more information on residential bowling alley construction, contact the experts at US Bowling Corporation.