Bowling is a sport that has charmed and captivated the world for decades, entertaining millions of fans across the globe, inspiring new and quirky leisure buildings and crafting out an entirely new competitive sport that might very well soon be gracing the Olympics. Over the course of the sport’s booming popularity, audacious and extravagant attempts have been made by business and commercial owners across the world for the rights to claim the ownership of the biggest bowling alley in the world.
Below are some of the biggest and best bowling alleys, past and present, to have ever been fully operational.
Initially built in 1959, the Castaways bowling alley quickly became the showstopper of the Las Vegas hotel. Boasting a US-record of over a hundred lanes, for years it was the unquestionable king of American lanes everywhere and attracted thousands of visitors every single year. Regularly hosting televised competitions that proved to be equally appealing to audiences across the globe, the bowling alley at Castaways did a lot to heighten the boom surrounding Las Vegas in the twentieth century.
Sadly the business fell on bad ownership and was shut down in the early 2000s. By 2006 it had been demolished and now there is only a portable casino present where the proud complex once stood.
Boasting a mighty impressive 116 lanes that are all fully operational on an average day, this centre located in Nagoya, Japan is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest bowling alley in the world. The home of the largest amateur bowling competition in the world, was built in March 1972 and initially made up several levels that at one time brought Inazawa's total up to 232 operational lanes.
With a floor space totalling 17,000 metres, it only costs 680 yen for a game between Monday to Friday, and with the centre open from 8am until 5am, you can guarantee there's going to be a lane available.
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