Reno has been associated with gambling in most people's minds for the past 100 years, but the town has also spawned plenty of sporting events. Over the years the area has supported rodeo championships, skeet shooting, boat races on Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe, and Reno has a beautiful baseball stadium where the Triple "A" Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondback's affiliate) play.
In fact, powerful casino magnet Bill Graham brought championship prize fighting to the area for years when legends like Jack Dempsey and Max Baer were local favorites. Graham loved the boxing game, followed it his whole life, and helped build a boxing facility in Reno (with a casino) in the early 1930's.
Reno's casinos will never have the cachet they had before Las Vegas became the place to gamble in the United States, but Las Vegas can't compete with Northern Nevada's awesome natural beauty, the green mountains, skiing, water sports, and the area's more temperate weather. And, the Reno Bowling Stadium recently sighed with the United States Bowling Congress to hold championship tournaments through the year 2030. The agreement was followed by an announcement from the RSCVA (Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority) that the bowling stadium would undergo a $15 million upgrading, including the construction of 10 more lanes, bringing the total to 88.
If you haven't seen the facility, it's the only true bowling stadium in the world. And, like other sports stadiums, they don't allow just anybody to come in and play. You can watch the events, but to bowl, you need to be part of the event itself. The stadium will continue to attract all types of bowling groups from other states and the tourism will feed the local economy - especially the casinos. And that's good news for Reno, which is going through another transitional phase of upgrading of its own.