National Bowling Stadium – Reno, NV

Key Alley Information

Address 300 N Center St
City Reno, NV 89501
Phone Number (775) 335-8800
Map/Directions See Below
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Most bowling spots are known as “alleys,” while a few more extravagant ones might be referred to as “centers.” But they go for much bigger things in Reno, and they instead call their 363,000 square foot, 80-lane setup a stadium.

And the National Bowling Stadium is aptly named, as it was designed with bowling competition in mind. Its nickname, “The Taj Mahal of tenpins,” also tells you something about its status among the top alleys in the United States.

The stadium cost $47.5 million and took three years to build. Bowlers take a glass elevator up to the fourth floor, the Tournament Level, to test their luck on the 78 championship lanes. Every year it hosts many top USBC tournaments.

But in addition, there are other attractions to check out, including the Lane 81 Pro Shop that features the most recent bowling equipment and a practice lane with a computer tracking system that can provide a complete evaluation of a bowler’s stroke and make suggestions.

There is also a 172 seat theater on the fifth level and the Stadium Club, a large vintage wood and copper room with a bar, big screen TV and pool table.

But despite all of this, the most noticeable feature of the National Bowling Stadium is found on the exterior, and you likely won’t miss it. I’m talking, of course, about the 80 foot aluminum geodesic dome which closely resembles a large bowling ball.

Even if you haven’t been to Reno yourself, it’s likely you’ve seen the Stadium in action. It is a common filming location for bowling movies, including the “grand finale” in the 1996 film Kingpin.

Our Verdict:

Competitive Atmosphere: A
Features: B
Historical Significance: B+


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Photo by Bryce Edwards

Have You Been to the National Bowling Stadium? What Did You Think?

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  1. Recently visited renos bowling stadium and I was in awe with the size and beauty if you ever visit reno you must stop by

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