Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about new bowling centers.

Q: What are the dimensions I need for regulation lanes?

A: Lanes are arranged in pairs. Each lane pair is 11' 1 1/4" (3.3 Meters) wide. The length required from the start of the approach to the end of the  automatic pinspotter is about 85' (25 Meters). Home installations can be only one lane, and can be made shorter than standard to fit a specific area.

Q: How can I determine how many lanes I need to install?

A: A common formula used in the USA today is one lane for every 1,500 persons within 15 minutes driving time from the chosen location.

 Q: What will the equipment cost?

A: The costs can vary greatly depending on your needs or budget. As-is equipment can be purchased for as little as $4,000US per lane. All new equipment including automatic  scoring and all the  bells and whistles can be as much as $50,000US per lane. Popular packages sell for between $15,000 and $25,000 per lane and include many new items.

Q: What are some of the recommended features I should consider?

A: Todays  popular attractions in bowling centers are 1) automatic scoring, 2) glowing lanes and a light/sound show, 3) bumper bowling and 4) arcade  games. Standard services are such things as a pro-shop, locker and shoe rental, ball polisher and  food/beverage sales.

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