U.S. Bowling Congress returns to BR

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVID SPRADLING -- The five-month 2012 USBC Open Championships tournament produced a $113 million economic impact in Baton Rouge, a study shows.
Advocate staff file photo by TRAVID SPRADLING -- The five-month 2012 USBC Open Championships tournament produced a $113 million economic impact in Baton Rouge, a study shows.

By Matthew Harris

Advocate sportswriter

It's coming back.

In 2012, roughly 58,000 bowlers descended on Baton Rouge over 151 days the U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championship Tournament, which will return to the Baton Rouge River Center in 2017 with the women's championship and 2025 with the open championship, city officials announced Wednesday.

There are no dates for the tournament, which is billed as the largest participatory sports tournament in the world. .

In August 2012, Mayor-President Kip Holden said discussions were already starting about bringing the tournament back to Baton Rouge, which reportedly saw a $113.2 million economic impact from the event.

Typically up to 60,000 bowlers arrive for an arrive for four days over the 151-day tournament, which includes singles, doubles and team competitions.

It also marks the third time the event has been held in Baton Rouge, which first hosted the tournament in 2005.