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January 15, 2013

Wichita contingent heads to Texas to bid for bowling tournaments

Mayor Carl Brewer will lead a Wichita contingent Wednesday to Arlington, Texas, to bid for future United States Bowling Congress tournaments.

Mayor Carl Brewer will lead a Wichita contingent Wednesday to Arlington, Texas, to bid for future United States Bowling Congress tournaments.

Brewer, representatives of Go Wichita and the city’s bowling community will fly to Texas tomorrow to enter the city’s bids. Today, the city council approved expenses for Brewer’s flight.

City officials said the conventions sought begin in 2016. However, Go Wichita officials declined to provide any more details Tuesday afternoon, calling the bid details proprietary. The 2013 and 2014 USBC conventions are set for Reno, Nev., according to Internet accounts, with the 2015 convention scheduled for El Paso.

In March 2004, the city won the bidding to host the 2011 tournament at Century II. Three years later, the city lost the 2011 USBC tournament, a loss of about $100 million in economic impact according to city estimates, over a contract dispute and questions about the conditions of Century II.

The mayor said that the city wants to reestablish a relationship with the bowling group. Future convention awards are expected in about 30 days.

“I think we have a pretty good shot,” Brewer said.

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