South Point Hotel and Casino Opens Doors to $35 Million South Point Bowling Plaza, State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility

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South Point Hotel and Casino Opens Doors to $35 Million South Point Bowling Plaza, State-of-the-Art United States Bowling Congress Tournament Facility


South Point Hotel and Casino’s new $35 million bowling tournament facility, South Point Bowling Plaza, rolls into Las Vegas eight months early with a full schedule of tournament events beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1.  After signing a 12-year deal with United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in April 2013, South Point Bowling Plaza has scheduled 122 days in 2015, 210 days in 2016 and 310 days of tournament operations in 2017.


“South Point Bowling Plaza offers a state-of-the-art, customized facility that was strictly designed with the needs of a tournament bowler in mind,” said Ryan Growney, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa general manager. “Having built five bowling facilities throughout his career, Michael Gaughan’s experience in the bowling industry has allowed us to create an unparalleled tournament bowling plaza that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact to this city.”


The South Point Bowling Plaza, a spacious 90,000-square-foot facility, features 60 lanes with two parallel rows of 30 lanes, a 360-seat viewing area and a 720-unit locker room. In addition, the USBC tournament bowling-focused center includes a 350 seated squad room equipped with a team photo booth area, stub lane, ball check station and bracket room. For the first time in history, Brunswick, Daktronics and USBC partnered to create two 167-foot state-of-the-art digital displays with static and animated advertising capabilities, spanning across the two 30 lane competition floors.


During the design process, each lane was built on free floating slabs to ensure the facility is equipped with soundproof barriers.  Each pair of lanes has two score boards for ultimate display throughout the concourse area. The width of the flooring between the ball return and lane spans a larger length than usual tournament facilities to offer bowlers with the maximum angle of attacks. As a tournament bowling facility, each pair of lanes is fitted with ball returns, undercarriages and round tables equipped to carry up to 38 balls in order to meet the average ball-to-athlete ratio.


“Michael Gaughan and his team have created a breathtaking arena that is perfect for our championships and brings great pride to the entire bowling industry,” said Chad Murphy USBC executive director. “We are extremely grateful to have such outstanding support from South Point, Las Vegas Events and LVCVA helping create a spectacular experience for USBC members as they come and enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer.”


Over the span of the agreement, South Point Bowling Plaza will host several annual USBC events, including the USBC Women’s Championships in 2016 and the USBC Open Championships in 2017. The partnership will bring more than 40 additional tournaments, conventions and short duration events to Las Vegas including events such as the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Team USA Trials.


“We sincerely appreciate the partnership we have with the South Point,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “This public/private partnership allows us to bring nine major bowling events to Las Vegas, plus a minimum of 40 additional events over the next ten years. Combined, these events will bring more than one million visitors to the destination. Without the new facility, none of this would have been possible.”


In 2009, the USBC Open Championships, held at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, ran for a record 154 consecutive days with a capacity total of 17,200 teams competing from Feb. 21 to July 24, 2009. The total estimated attendance for bowling participants and their travel parties was 292,750 with an average room stay of 4.3 nights and a non-gaming economic impact of more than $120 million. Las Vegas was also host city for the USBC Open Championships in 1986. The USBC Women’s Championships previously was held in Las Vegas in 1973 and 1983, attracting 9,644 and 14,430 teams, respectively.


With participation estimates for the seven Championship events taken into account, South Point Hotel is able to accommodate hotel reservations for an estimated 27 percent of visitors, while the remaining 73 percent will occupy rooms throughout the city during event s held for the duration of this agreement.


“Las Vegas and the new world-class bowling plaza at South Point Hotel and Casino offer the perfect backdrop for the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and Women’s Championships,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “This is a strong partnership that leverages the proud heritage of bowling and a state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar tournament facility with the excitement and energy of Las Vegas. That’s a winning combination.”


About United States Bowling Congress:
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body for the sport. USBC is a membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits to make bowling fair and fun for everyone. The interactive home of USBC is


About the LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and almost 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to or


About Las Vegas Events:
Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city.  Founded in 1983, LVE is funded by hotel room tax.  Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors.  Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events. For more information, visit


About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa:
Featuring 2,200 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding landscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room; the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center; and a 165,000-square foot convention center. In addition, South Point holds one of the finest event facilities in the country with the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, which features more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.


For more information or for room reservations, call (702) 796-7111 or visit the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa website. Connect with South Point on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and foursquare.


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ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Full Music Lineup – 3/30-3/31







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WHAT:  The Academy of Country Music is hosting two days of all-star concerts at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas during The Week Vegas Goes Country®! The weekend-long party leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be hosted by three-time ACM On-Air Personality of the Year Award winner Blair Garner, host of After MidNite with Blair Garner, and will feature performances by ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery as well as Love and Theft and headliner Luke Bryan on Friday, March 30th, and Laura Bell Bundy,  Craig Campbell, Eli Young Band, Jana Kramer, and headliner Eric Church on Saturday, March 31st. ACM Weekend on Fremont Street Experience is sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

DETAILS:              Friday, March 30, 2012

7:00pm                 Love and Theft (Vocal Duo of the of the Year Nominee)                                1st Street Stage

7:55pm                 Hunter Hayes (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                            1st Street Stage

8:50pm                 Brantley Gilbert                (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                        3rd Street Stage

9:45pm                 Scotty McCreery (New Artist of the Year Nominee)                      1st Street Stage

10:45pm               Luke Bryan                                                                                          3rd Street Stage

Saturday, March 31, 2012

7:00pm                 Jana Kramer                                                                                       1st Street Stage

7:55pm                 Craig Campbell                                                                                  1st Street Stage

8:35pm                 Eli Young Band                                                                                   3rd Street Stage

(Vocal Group of the Year Nominee, Single Record of the Year Nominee & Song of the Year Nominee)

9:50pm                 Laura Bell Bundy                                                                               1st Street Stage

10:45pm               Eric Church                                                                                          3rd Street Stage

(Album of the Year Nominee & Video of the Year Nominee)


About Fremont Street Experience – Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone in downtown Las Vegas that is one of the world’s most-visited attractions.  It features the world’s largest video screen at 1,500 feet long 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. VivaVision, with 12.5 million digital lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, dazzles visitors nightly with light & sound shows.  Encompassing 10 hotel-casinos, 60 restaurants and free entertainment, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 18 million annual visitors.  Visit for more information.


About the LVCVA – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With 151,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to or