The official origins of bowling can be traced about 5,000 years back to Rome and Greece. Notwithstanding this, historians who studied Egyptian graves discovered some artifacts, that seemed like bowling bowls, which would date the game to about 3200BC. Bowling balls continued to be made out of wood until the early 1900s. In the mid 1950’s, another technological breakthrough set the stage for the massive growth of bowling. The American Machine and Foundry Company (the maker of baking and tobacco machinery) developed the automatic pin-setter machine, eliminating the need of Pin Boys. The 1950’s also included the growth of bowling popularity which was proven by NBC’s first network coverage of the World Bowling Championship.
Fast forward to 2011, bowling was the number one participation sport in America and studies showed that about 70 million people bowled at least once that year! Today, the sport of bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide with Japan being host to the largest bowling center in the world with 141 lanes!
Bowling is still alive and well and with Playtime Bowl being open 7 days a week, you can make us part of your history or even a family tradition!