RENO, Nev. (AP) - National bowling officials are trying to boost
interest in the U.S. Women's Open Championship in Reno this summer by moving the finals outdoors.
The head of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America says
the title will be determined June 27 on temporary lanes beneath the
arch that proclaims Reno the "Biggest Little City in the World."
Steve Johnson told The Associated Press that Reno is the bowling
capital of the world and the arch one of the most recognizable
icons in America. He says moving the June 27 championship outside
to Virginia Street should help build on last year's excitement when
a record crowd watched inside Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
ESPN2 plans to air the 2012 finals July 3. A news conference
with more details is planned Tuesday in Reno.