It’s a significant tourism setback for Sioux City. KCAU9 News learning that the Iowa, state bowling tournament’s plans to come to town are now canceled. That means 5,000 bowlers from across Iowa won’t be visiting the city for that months long championship.
“9 Investigates” first reported last month that the state open was in jeopardy following the closure of Plaza Bowl on Hamilton Boulevard after almost a half-century in business.
The local bowling association, and the Sioux City Sports Commission had planned on using Plaza Bowl to host the doubles and singles competitions.
But the state association confirms it’s now moving the 2019 tournament out of Sioux City due to a lack of bowling lanes.
The group says the only remaining bowling alley, Rush Lanes doesn’t meet the state criteria for a host venue.
And as “9 Investigates” has previously reported the future of Rush Lanes is uncertain as it is currently up for sale.