Plaza Bowl in Sudbury, Canada, to add tenpin bowling lanes

Ten-pin bowling returning to Sudbury

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Jean Tang and her husband, Jason Zhang, own Plaza Bowl in Sudbury, Ont. Ten-pin bowling lanes are being installed at the bowling alley. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

Bowlers spoke and Plaza Bowl listened.

Workers are busy converting six of 24 lanes at the 1799 Garden St. facility to accommodate 10-pin bowling, marking the game’s return to Sudbury after a long absence.

“My customers asked and that was the first thing,” Plaza Bowl owner Jean Tang said.

She’s also hoping to get even more customers through her doors, including competitive bowlers who had success in the 10-pin game when alleys still dotted the city.

“What I have heard from some bowlers is that 10-pin is a different game and they say it’s more interesting to them,” Tang said.

Though popular worldwide, the 10-pin game and its larger balls have not been seen in the Nickel City for several years, though the uniquely Canadian five-pin game has continued to thrive. Five pin will remain predominant at Plaza Bowl, with 18 lanes still available, though Tang hopes recreational and competitive bowlers will be interested in both.

She plans to host 10-pin leagues in women’s, men’s and mixed divisions, with games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and a 10-pin senior league, with games played on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A youth league is planned to run on Saturday mornings.

The new lanes will also be available for open play, corporate events and birthday parties.

“We hope to be ready in a couple of weeks,” Tang said. “There are people here from Brunswick who have started and many things need to be changed.”

Renovations include new lanes, ball returns and a new scoring system, “delivering the ultimate guest experience.”

Plaza Bowl also offers billiards and The Kingpin Restaurant.

For more information, call 705-566-0201 or visit Plaza Bowl online at or

Source: The Sudbury Star

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