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I went there for last day deaf league 2 wees ago. I took the pictures of this place in Tacoma.










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Looks like a fantastic place to bowl!

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Was once a stop for the US Open. 1987 I believe.

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Seagrams US Open $500,000 prize fund / $100,000 first prize if my memory serves me.......I was there....quite an event.   Found this on google......

$500,000 SEAGRAM'S COOLERS U.S. OPEN
Narrows Plaza Bowl, Tacoma, Wash., Jan 4-10, 1987
Ballard Sings To $100,000 Win

"Wrap it up, I'll take it," were the words to the song Del Ballard Jr. kept repeating to himself en route to his first national tour victory in the $500,000 Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open, worth a record $100,000 to the winner. Ballard topped top-seeded Pete Weber, 247-209, at Narrows Plaza Bowl for his first Professional Bowlers Association championship in the richest pro bowling tournament ever.

Weber, who led the 240-man field made up of 144 leading PBA members and 96 Bowling Proprietors' Association tion of America (BPAA) league qualifiers, received $55,000 as runnerup, which was larger than any previous professional bowling winner's check.

Ballard, Richardson, Texas, opened with a spare and three strikes. Weber, Florissant, Mo., failed to double until the 10th frame, but by then Ballard had built an insurmountable lead.

Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., a two-time BPAA U.S. Open winner, opened the championship round by tossing 11 strikes to oust Gary Dickinson, the 1983 Open champ, 265-190. Holman, a 20-time PBA titlist, then bowed to Akron, Ohio's Ron Bell, 230-203. Ballard then entered the fray and on the strength of 10 strikes, defeated Bell, 278-187, and advanced to the lucrative title game.

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Video from the tournament is up on YouTube....courtesy of 'mrbowling300' himself!



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Ahhh yes..I remember I requested this DVD from Keith a little over a year ago..I just wanted to see Ballard's first win.

Nice to see Del rip the cover off of the Wine U-Dot..

also, its one of the first telecasts that i could see from the 80's where they bowled on synthetic lanes..i believe (according to the Bowling Doctor) they would have been Brunswick System 2000 Synthetic Lanes..hence the ball returns bearing that logo.


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Very cool looking house. The only drawback is the having the counter in the bowlers area. I'd hate having to bowl near it. Especially if it was a 4 or 5 man team league.

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Gary, it's kind of like Thunderbowl Lanes with respect to the counter being so close to the lanes, at those particular pairs.

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The $500,000 purse with the $100,000 first prize during 1987 was when I though that bowling turned the corner with respectible prizes and purses.  I think Seagrams sponsored the same thing in 1988.  In the mid-late 90s, some of the T of C tournaments and majors were for a $100,000 first prize, which was very exciting to watch.  It has been down hill ever since.  As a viewer, it is not going to be very exciting watching bowlers trying to win a $10,000 first prize.  I guess I will be watching only to see my favorite bowlers and that's about it.  What a shame.
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Gary, it's kind of like Thunderbowl Lanes with respect to the counter being so close to the lanes, at those particular pairs.

Yeah.....kinda.

Shores Lanes in St. Clair Shores was just like that at one time. They ended up tearing it down & putting up a normal style counter about 15-20 years ago. 

Rose Bowl in Windsor is just like that as well.
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Gary, it's kind of like Thunderbowl Lanes with respect to the counter being so close to the lanes, at those particular pairs.

Yeah.....kinda.

Shores Lanes in St. Clair Shores was just like that at one time. They ended up tearing it down & putting up a normal style counter about 15-20 years ago. 

Rose Bowl in Windsor is just like that as well.

Bel-Aire lanes (now closed) in Farmington Hills had the counter right by the lanes, where if you were bowling on those few pairs, there was no room to even stand around. 

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The Showboat in Vegas had the counter like that and if you bowled on the 2 pairs that it blocked, people could barely see you. Of course this was a good thing when I was on one of those pairs on my way to a 150-140 victory in the first round of the High Roller lol

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