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IBMHF announces new partnership


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Published: June 9, 2011 | Bowl.com
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas is proud to announce a new long term exclusive naming rights sponsorship for its newest attraction, the 50 Years of Women’s Pro Bowling Exhibit, which will open June 29. Station Casinos Lanes Las Vegas, which includes four bowling centers throughout the company’s portfolio of casino properties, has stepped up to support the dynamic new exhibit, and has renewed its commitment to partner with bowling’s leaders to move the sport forward in the near and distant future.

“We are so proud to offer our support of this project,” said David Garber, Corporate Director of Bowling Sales for Station Casinos. As a top bowler and former Team USA player, Garber has a special affinity for the players who will be honored in the new exhibit. “As a bowler, I learned a lot from the women professionals, so it makes me proud for our company to be able to give something back to them by representing Las Vegas, a place where they have had so many exciting events.”

The agreement also includes a commitment for the IBM / HF to work together with Station to develop national promotions and events that will be very rewarding to everyone in the industry. “We couldn’t be happier about our new partnership with Station Casinos for the museum and our new exhibit,” said IBM / HF Chairman Pat Ciniello. “And we are especially proud that it is a long term commitment to the entire industry. We are very excited about what it will bring to bowling in the future.”

The 50 Years of Women’s Pro Bowling Exhibit has been in the planning stages for more than a year, and is currently under construction inside the bowling museum. It will honor women professionals from 1960, when legendary players like Marion Ladewig were showing the world that women could compete and entertain at the highest level, to 2010, when Kelly Kulick knocked down the wall and proved that women could triumph in any arena when she won the PBA Tournament of Champions at Station Casinos Red Rock Lanes.

The exhibit will feature graphics honoring the top players from each decade, major events winners, a 50 year timeline, and life the women pros enjoyed off the lanes as ambassadors of the sport. It will also feature interesting artifacts from the tours and players, interactive media with a motion picture about the history, slide shows depicting player and tour images, and a touch screen interactive monitor with information and interesting ‘tourbits’ from the years when the women’s tours were a top attraction.

The exhibit will officially open Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 pm as part of the Bowl Expo “Night at the Bowling Campus” celebration featuring a special IBM / HF pro-am at the adjacent International Training and Research Center. 

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