LIVONIA (WWJ) – Metro Detroit is rolling out the red carpet, and the lanes, this week for over 7,000 bowlers from around the country.  The National Bowling Association is putting on its annual convention and bowling tournament at four local alleys through May 29.

Why here?  WWJ’s Sandra McNeil asked Association spokesman Clarence McQueen.

“We may not have the biggest number of lanes in the country, but [we] have the biggest bowling population.  That’s why Detroit is still known as the bowling capitol of the world,” McQueen said.

He said the state has more bowlers than even New York.

McQueen said the tournament will return here in 2014 and 2017.

“I don’t know if the economic impact has actually been calculated, but between hotels, food, rental vehicles, entertainment. I mean, I can’t even begin to put a figure on that,” he said.

The bowling is taking place at Merri Bowl Lanes in Livonia, Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Skore Lanes on Ecorse in Taylor and Super Bowl in Canton.  The tournament is open to anyone who wants to bowl, for a fee.  There is a handicap and cash prizes.

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