As you no doubt recall, the United States Bowling Congress is moving from Wisconsin to Arlington. Should happen around November 3, says Mark Miller, spokesman for the USBC, who tells Unfair Park today that some employees with school-age kids have already made the move and gone to work in temporary facilities. But in three months' time, the USBC will break ground on its new home at 621 Six Flags Drive, in a building Raytheon abandoned about three years back. "We're right across the street from the roller coasters," Miller says.
Miller also notes the facility will include 20 lanes -- 14 for "national and international bowlers who want to come down to Arlington to train," and six more that'll be used to test balls, pins, lane oils and anything else "that will affect scoring" as regulated by the USBC. But the reason we called Miller was to ask about this Associated Press piece today concerning the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame's move from St. Louis to Arlington. "Ironically," Miller says, "that was announced two months ago, but they didn't know the date they were closing till recently, which is October." And, Miller says, the museum's relocation, which should be complete later next year, is no small thing: It'll take up 18,000 square feet in the USBC's new building, which should be open by spring 2009. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.