PBA Holds First Outdoor Finals In New York City
In 1999, the PBA contested its first outdoor event, The New York City PBA Experience. The event was held on a special two-lane installation in Manhattan’s Bryant Park and was won by Eric Forkel. In another first, Milwaukee’s Miller Park hosted the 2004 USBC Miller High Life Masters, marking the first time a PBA Tour event was held in a major league baseball stadium. With more than 4,300 in attendance, Danny Wiseman defeated Patrick Allen, 268-183, on the unique four-lane set-up installed on the infield between first to second base. But historic venues are nothing new to the PBA. In 1967, Madison Square Garden, known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” hosted the PBA National Championship (won by Dave Davis) and later hosted three consecutive BPAA U.S. Opens (1972-74). And historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit hosted the largest crowd in PBA history when 7,212 fans watched Dave Husted beat Paul Koehler, 266-245, to claim the 1995 U.S. Open title.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.