Will Wichita Bid For Bowlers Again?

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Wichita leaders are figuring out whether the city should bid to land a major bowling tournament one more time.

The city threw two gutterballs with the United States Bowling Conference before, but could the third time be a strike worth millions?

The USBC would bring $100 million to Wichita. The tourney says it could consider once more bringing its business here.

Bowling alley owners hope the city will bid on the chance.

"This is doable. I mean we can get this tournament if we work hard. If we pull together as a city we can get this tournament," said bowling alley owner Frank DeSocio.

Wichita actually won the bid for the 2011 bowling championships five years ago, but the deal went bust over contract negotiations. Angry council members tried to salvage it, but threw a gutterball when they tried to rebid.

Now the city has another shot with the USBC looking for a host city once again after its other plans fell through. But will Wichita try one more time?

"First we have to figure out just how serious the conference of bowlers are in their interest in coming to Wichita and in the meantime we'll go ahead and do our research," said Mayor Carl Brewer.

The Convention and Visitor Bureau is now researching how many groups have booked at Century II and the Hyatt during the tournament time. Then it will see if those groups could move somewhere else to free up the space.

The city hasn't talked to the bowlers yet because it doesn't want to show interest until it figures it all out. That should happen within the next week.

As for the conference, it tells KAKE-TV it's open to selecting Wichita once again.

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