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PBA Returning to Parkside Lanes in Aurora

26 Apr, 2018


The Aurora Area CVB and the Aurora Area Sports Alliance welcome the stars of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in their return to Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, for the 2018 PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open.

The four day event will be held Friday, June 29th through Monday, July 2nd, with Xtra Frame Network televised finals occurring in the afternoon on Monday. Spectator attractions include a barbecue, live entertainment, and a free youth bowling clinic.

?Professional bowler Ryan Ciminelli claimed the $10,000 first prize at the inaugural event in 2016. Tournament details and registration are available at https://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2655.

Tournament organizer Sean Rash is a PBA veteran and former PBA Player of the Year with 12 career titles. Rash is a resident of Montgomery, Illinois. This will be his second Xtra Frame event at Parkside Lanes.

“I am extremely excited to bring the Professional Bowlers Association back to the Chicagoland area,” said Rash. “Bringing the best bowlers in the world to Parkside Lanes and Aurora is great for our community and for fans of the game.”

Rash also thanked the Aurora Area CVB for “stepping up again and making this event possible.” 

The 2016 event attracted over 75 of the PBA’s best bowlers to Parkside Lanes for the inaugural PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open, including: PBA legend Walter Ray Williams, Jr., 2016 PBA Bowler of the Year E.J. Tackett, and three-time consecutive PWBA Player of the Year, Liz Johnson.

Founded in 1956, Parkside Lanes is a 54 lane bowling center in Aurora, Illinois. It is one of the largest bowling centers in Illinois, and utilizes the latest innovations in automatic scoring and synthetic lane surfaces. Sean Rash calls Parkside his home bowling center when he’s not on the PBA tour circuit. 

About the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB): Formed in 1987, the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and marketing the area as a visitor destination. The goal of the Aurora Area CVB is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of our region compromised of 10 municipalities: Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, and Yorkville. The Aurora Area CVB aggressively promotes the area as an overnight destination and increases visitor awareness and expenditures for the maximum economic benefit of its tourism partners.

About the Aurora Area Sports Alliance (AASA): The AASA is comprised of representatives from like-minded organizations who support amateur sports of all types. In addition to the AACVB, these organizations include the City of Aurora, the Fox Valley Park District, Batavia Park District, Big Rock Park District, Sugar Grove Park District, Yorkville Park District, Aurora Area high schools, Aurora University, Waubonsee Community College, privately-owned sports facilities and area businesses. The AASA is committed to promoting the Aurora region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the AASA are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The AASA will strive to enhance the image of the Aurora Area by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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