People who enjoy bowling for fun or in leagues might soon find that they have to find another way to pass the time because bowling lanes are closing. Bowling has long been a beloved sport. In the 1960s, when the sport was at its peak, there were around 12,000 bowling centers. By 2011, the United States Bowling Congress reports that certified centers around the country numbered only around 5,160.
In Waukesha and South Milwaukee, the AMF bowling centers, both of which were large, have closed their doors. This comes on the heels of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing that occurred less than two years ago. In an effort to keep the centers open, AMF and Strike Holdings LLC merged into a new company. The bowling centers that recently closed in Wisconsin were some of the 300 bowling centers the company put up for sale. Sadly, no buyers for the centers were found.