New three-year deal with ESPN; 2012 event televised live on ESPN2
ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress Queens presented by Storm will head west and shift to Labor Day weekend in 2013.
The Queens will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2013, at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in suburban Las Vegas. It will immediately follow the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships.
"Sunset Station is a perfect fit pairing a world-class bowling center with everything else competitors and their companions need in one place," USBC Managing Director of Media and Events Pete Tredwell said. "With the event falling on Labor Day weekend, we hope the timing will work well for more bowlers including those in the collegiate ranks. In addition, we also are developing some new incentives aimed at increasing the field and adding more excitement to an already prestigious event."
An agreement has been reached with ESPN to ensure national television coverage continues to be a part of the Queens. The event will be televised on ESPN2 for three years, starting with this month's event.
The finals will be presented in high definition and will be live in 2012. The telecast is scheduled for April 24 from 7-9 p.m. Eastern.
"Showcasing the best women bowlers in the world on national television is a priority for us," Tredwell said. "We are proud to announce the three-year partnership with ESPN to bring this great event to bowling fans across the country."
Jason Bernstein, a senior director, programming and acquisitions, at ESPN said, "We are happy to continue the six-year tradition of working alongside the USBC to provide fans with live coverage of the Queens. Including this event in our programming lineup each year reinforces ESPN's commitment to showcase top events in women's sports."
The Queens will be part of the WTBA's World Bowling Tour for the first time in 2012, and the event also will be on the tour's schedule in 2013. The 2012 Queens will take place April 19-23 at AMF Euless Lanes in Euless, Texas, with the finals April 24 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.
For more information on the USBC Queens or to enter the 2012 event, visit BOWL.com/Queens.
About Sunset Station
Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, with a AAA Three-Diamond rating, offers more than 450 deluxe rooms and a unique entertainment experience in Henderson, NV. The wide variety of dining options includes Sonoma Cellar, Pasta Cucina, Cabo Mexican Restaurant, Oyster Bar, Grand Caf‚, the Feast Buffet, Hooters and several casual dining options. Entertainment venues include a live outdoor poolside amphitheater, Club Madrid for concerts, and additional bars and lounges that offer various live acts. Other amenities include Strike Zone, a bowling center that plays host to national bowling tournaments, meeting and convention space, as well as Kid's Quest, a supervised child care facility. Sunset Station is owned and operated by Station Casinos. Station Casinos owns and 17 properties across Southern Nevada and operates another.
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