Emmitsburg, Md. (May 29, 2019) – The unofficial bowling capital of the world will finally get an NCAA competition when Mount St. Mary's University hosts the Blue and Gold Vegas Classic on January 10-12, 2020 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
"This is huge for so many reasons," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "In our sport, Las Vegas is far more than just a tourist city, it is the bowling capital of the world, and at its center is the South Point Bowling Plaza, a state-of-the-art bowling stadium that will give student-athletes an experience they will never forget. As far as bowling facilities go, this easily cracks the top-five. It is on the bucket list of every competitive bowler."
According to their website, construction on the South Point Tournament Bowling Plaza commenced in May 2013 as a 60-lane world renowned facility to host top professional and amateur events. It is equipped with the latest bowling technology along with a tournament registration area, bowler's squad room, modern locker facilities, and more. The stadium is located inside of the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa.
Since its construction, the venue has hosted a number of prestigious events, including this year's United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships. The event will not only be the first ever NCAA bowing competition at this venue and in Las Vegas, but it will also be the furthest West the sport has ever gone for competition since its installation in 2004. The timing of the event will be convenient for many collegiate student-athletes that will already be in Las Vegas for the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials Jan. 2-7.
"This gives our sport the chance to expand its brand farther West than it has ever been," added DeGraaf. "There are so many NCAA bowlers from across the Western United States, so it will be nice to give the families of those individuals something they can drive to rather than fly. I firmly believe it was a matter of when, not if an NCAA competition would ever make its way to Las Vegas. It is an honor to have the Mount serve as the pioneer for such a prestigious event."
The Mount will continue to host its home tournament, the Mount Shootout, on October 19-20 at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Maryland. The NCAA bowling season officially begins October 1. The #19 nationally-ranked Mountaineers will begin competition October 12-13 at the KU Bud Whitman Memorial in Reading, Pennsylvania.