Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bowling alleys: Another one bites the dust


Photos by Retiring Guy

Badger Bowl to close after 39 years in Madison.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/11/2016)
Owners of the bowling alley and popular music venue are in negotiations to sell the property at 506 E. Badger Road to a developer who plans to build a luxury car dealership on the site, 
Town Chairman Jim Campbell said Wednesday. Campbell identified the buyer as Field Enterprises, which sells Land Rover and other premium brands. Illinois-based Field Auto Group operates Fields Jaguar Land Rover Volvo of Madison at 6624 Seybold Road.

Once upon a time, Badger Bowl wouldn't have needed sand volleyball as a draw. 


Related reading:
32 Staggering Bowling Industry Trends.  (Brandon Gaille, 6/20/2016)
  • Number of bowling alleys in U.S. 
    • 5,400 in 1998
    • 3,976 in 2013
  • Metro Detroit U.S. Bowling Congress membership (large metro association)
    • 300,000 in 1970s
    • 45,000 current (year not specified; 2013?)
  • League membership has dropped by 40% (again, we're led to assume the comparison is 1998 but there's no verification. Sloppy.)

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