Event returns to Illinois
From USBC reports – The United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will head to the Chicago area in 2021, with Stardust Bowl in Addison, Illinois, to be the host center.
The site was determined through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB) teamed with Stardust Bowl to deliver the proposal selected by USBC.
“We worked with USBC and Stardust Bowl on the Junior Gold Championships in 2015 and are excited to bring the USBC Women’s Championships to DuPage County,” Beth Marchetti, Executive Director of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “This is simply a great opportunity for us to showcase the area to thousands of visitors and generate significant economic impact for our communities.”
Stardust Bowl is the largest bowling center in Illinois with 84 lanes. It has been the host of many national events, including the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2015 Junior Gold Championships. It has been a host center of the Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships sectional events many times.
“We’re thrilled to host an event that has such a great history,” Stardust Bowl owner Henry Barber said. “I know the competitors in the 2021 Women’s Championships will have a great time in DuPage County and our staff will be excited to welcome women bowlers from throughout the country to our center.”
The first Women’s Championships was held in 1916 in St. Louis and the event made its first stop in Illinois when Chicago was host to the 1920 event. It has made appearances in Peoria, Illinois (1933), had a second stop in Chicago (1935) and was in Quad Cities, co-hosted by Illinois and Iowa, in 1998.
Before the Women’s Championships returns to the Midwest and Stardust Bowl in 2021, it will be in Reno, Nevada, in 2018, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in Wichita, Kansas, in 2019, and head to Las Vegas in 2020.
“Participants have asked us to take the Women’s Championships to venues throughout the country, particularly the Midwest, and we will make that happen over the next four years,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Henry Barber and his team at Stardust Bowl know what it takes to deliver a successful event and, along with the DuPage CVB, will be gracious hosts when the Women’s Championships hits the Chicago area.”
About DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau
The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official sales and marketing organization for DuPage County. The DCVB was formed to attract business and leisure travelers to DuPage County’s 38 communities and is responsible for generating billions of dollars in revenue every year in the form of hotel nights, tourist attractions, meals and more. The DuPage CVB is the only Illinois State certified not-for-profit organization authorized to represent DuPage County’s tourism and convention business. Visit DiscoverDuPage.com for more information.
United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens.
Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 2,500 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is BOWL.com.