National Bowling Stadium
One of the most unique stops you can make while visiting Reno is hands down the National Bowling Stadium, the internationally known 363,000 square foot ten-pin bowling stadium. This impressive complex will be easy to spot, the front facade supporting a highly hard to miss 80-foot aluminum geodesic dome in the shape of a large bowling ball.
Built in 1995, this stadium holds a capacity of 1,100 guests within the megaplex and 4-story lobby. There are 78 tournament lanes within, an onsite stadium club, Kingpin Club, as well as a full bar. As you will soon find out, this is
‘the only stadium of its kind in the entire world...bring[ing] the classic sport of bowling into the exciting landscape of downtown Reno’ (GoBowl Reno).
While it is obvious that this stadium was built with the tournament bowler in mind, it is also obvious that it’s diverse layout and amenities are perfect for any skill level bowler to enjoy it as well.
Be sure to save plenty of time for this stop during your visit, your group probably wanting to do much more than just bowl while here. Explore the Lane 81 Pro Shop, the 172 seat IWERKS Theater, or spend some time in the KingPin Club. There will be group event space rentals and viewings, classic bowling alley treats to munch on, and the longest video screen within an alley in the world (440 feet). There is a good reason the LA Times called this spot the ‘taj Mahal of tenpins’, and there is an even better reason all the finest bowlers from across the nation flock to this spot. If you are lucky you may see an annual event such as the Storm Open Festival of Bowling take place while here.