Posted: Jul 10, 2012 3:23 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 10, 2012 3:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Five months, 60,000 bowlers, and a possible $100 million in economic impact after the U. S. Bowling Congress rolled into Baton Rouge, the last frames of the multi-month competition will be played tonight.
The 2012 USBC Open Championships began in February at the Baton Rouge River Center, after a months-long effort to build the dozens of lanes needed to accommodate tens of thousands of bowlers.
People traveled from across the globe to compete in the open tournament. They stayed at local hotels, ate a local restaurants, and toured the greater Baton Rouge area in between games. Tourism offiicals estimate they spent between $70 million and $100 million during their time in the region.
And tonight, it all comes to an end for another year.
Starting at 4:50 p.m., the final doubles and singles squad of the 2012 event will begin. Competitors will bowl three games of doubles and three games of singles with the squad concluding between 7:15-7:45 p.m.
One bowler will then be selected to throw the final ball of this year's event for ceremonial purposes, and tournament manager Duane Hagen will announce the tournament as officially closed.
News 2 will be there as the final frame is played, and will have more on the end of the competiton tonight at 10 p.m.