When you think of bowling if you picture people with big blousy shirts, beat-up-two-toned, leather shoes and throwing giant glittery balls down the lanes. Vintage bowling for your grandparents probably meant being in a league and coming home smelling like stale cigarettes and beer. If you picture these ideas when it comes to the game of bowling, then you’ll be happy to know the Wow Alley is NOT your Grandfather’s idea at all.
The local Bowlarama was blessed if it had a juke-box at all back in the day. Music was mostly heard if you happened to meet someone at the lounge area located inside of the facility. Today the Wow Alley has a state-of-the-art sound system that keeps you well entertained throughout your visit. Not only did we consider the importance of music, but we also took it to a whole new level by adding giant video screens to enhance the experience.
Some of you may remember visiting your parents when they went to the bowling alley or perhaps you took lessons yourself? Either way, kids at the lane tend to get bored mainly because of the low lighting. Since we love kids, we want them to get the ‘WOW’ factor, and they will work with both laser and black lights found throughout the alley.
Besides the great music and cool lighting, the Wow Alley also provides a full menu of delicious foods and snacks. Although your grandparents most likely enjoyed a hot dog, burger or some greasy French fries, our café offers nutritious and healthy selections too. We might guess your grandma would have appreciated an order of the toasted ravioli or a hand stretched pizza. Nonetheless, the food is all a part of the adventure.
Now you have three excellent reasons that the bowling alley of today isn’t the same as your grandpa’s idea of one from years gone. While ole’ grandad is kicking back reminiscing, you can show him how much more the venues have advanced.
Bowling is still the same old game it always was before. However, the advancements these entertaining spots have made supersedes what happened back in the 40’s and 50’s. So next time your family plans on getting together, go a day or night of it at the Wow Alley and see how much fun the game and atmosphere still has today.
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Bowling has a rich history. Most people don’t know that bowling traces its origins way back to the ancient civilizations of Egyptians and Romans. The sport, as we now know it, was popularized in Britain during the Middle Ages. It subsequently gained popularity within the upper classes and the royalty. It was at the turn of the 20th century that the game became widely available to the masses. As with other sports, the technology boom of the 20th century has had a significant effect on the sport of Bowling. The modern bowling experience differs greatly to what our ancestors at the turn of the 20th century enjoyed. Here are some of the major changes that have shaped modern bowling.
The introduction of automated pinsetters
During the earlier years of the 20th century, bowling alleys employed young boys as manual pinsetters. These pinsetters had to reset the bowling pins, clear out the fallen pins from the lanes and return the bowling ball to a player. In 1936, the first mechanized pinsetter was invented. And over the years it has been improved to automate the entire pin setting process. This has increased the average speed of a bowling match, making it a more enjoyable hobby to participate in.
The improvement of bowling balls
During most of its existence, wooden bowling balls made from hardwood trees were used for bowling. This finally changed in the 1930s when rubber balls were introduced to the sport. In the 1970s, plastics such as polyester became the most popular material in the manufacture of bowling balls as they led to higher scoring matches. The modern bowling ball, which is made from urethane resin, was introduced in the 1990s. Urethane resin balls can be customized for different bowling lane surfaces and players. Professional bowlers regularly have their bowling balls custom made to fit their bowling style.
One of the simple, yet profound, development in bowling has been the introduction of automatic scoring. Prior to this, bowlers had to individually keep their scores through notebooks and pencils. Professional bowling tournaments had to hire dedicated scoring staff. With the invention of the mechanical pinsetter, and technological advances in the computing industry, modern bowling now has automatic scoring. While this does not seem to be a major development, it has actually increased the widespread appeal of the game as bowlers do not need to understand how the scoring works before taking up the sport.
The bowling lane evolution
Bowling lanes have traditionally been made from wood. This made them expensive to set up and maintain as wooden lanes were not durable. In the 1970s, synthetic lanes were introduced which were cheaper to install and more durable than their wooden predecessors. Modern day bowling lanes can be made from a wide variety of customizable synthetic materials. With the different oiling techniques employed, each bowling alley has its own unique character which makes modern bowling very interesting. The reduced cost of setting up and maintaining a bowling alley has been attributed as the main driving force behind the popularity of bowling. Most major cities have at least one bowling alley in every neighborhood.
By embracing changing technologies, bowling has become a more enjoyable and accessible sport. The Wow Alley best demonstrates this with its elegant space design, craft beer and wine bar, food menu, comfy seating, music, and much more!
You probably have been to many bowling alleys and have played numerous bowling games as a result. And like any ardent sportsman/woman, you are probably looking for something extra, something that will excite you or give you that bowling challenge that you seek. The ultra-modern Wow Alley may just have what you need. We have introduced a ‘bowling in the dark’ theme that we think you and your friends would love. Read on to learn more about this.
Our ‘Wow after dark’ theme
Our cosmic ‘wow after dark’ bowling party experience will be available at our Wow Alley facility on Coconut Creek, FL, on Fridays and Saturdays. The themed experience will begin at 8pm and end at midnight. During this time, the normal bright lights will have been switched off and instead will be replaced by black lights and lasers.
All the facilities and amenities that you love about our alley will, however, remain as is. This includes the alley setup, the music, the video screens, the wine bar, etc. The ‘wow after dark’ theme will only skew the aesthetics of our facility and offer a darker, more intriguing, cosmic alley look and experience.
What the ‘Wow after dark’ experience holds
Now you might be wondering, how would anyone manage to bowl in the dark? Well, to put you at ease, the ‘wow after dark’ experience is not as literal as it sounds. You will not be bowling in complete darkness. Think of the ambience and setting of a nightclub. That’s a better example of the vibe you should expect at our ‘wow after dark’ experience. You will not be at risk of tripping or losing your playing edge on the alley fronts. The lasers and dark lights will be enough to allow you to get around and to play as you normally do. The only difference is that the setting will be stealthier.
Why you absolutely have to try bowling in the dark
You have to try our ‘wow after dark’ bowling experience because it will provide you with a game-play experience like you haven’t had before. Sure, the normal bowling experience is fun but this is exciting, simply because it’s different. The club-like appearance of the alley is especially great is you are the type that likes to go out. Complete with a bar and lounge seats, the ambience will make you feel as though you are in one – only with bowling available. So give it a try!
How to make bowling in the dark even more fun
Our ‘wow after dark’ cosmic theme offers an exciting experience that all our customers love. But that is not as far as the fun goes. You can make the experience even more exciting in a number of ways. For example, you can wear glow-in-the-dark garments or accessories and stand out among your friends. You could also try competing against your daytime scores to see which environment you perform better in. Try to create more ideas with your friends; the process of doing so is still part of the excitement that is ‘wow after dark.