THE DOWNLOAD: Staff Leagues Rolling to Reopened Bowling Lanes

Bowling lanes with colorful lights.
Bright and back open: Colorful lights line the recently reopened bowling lanes in the Memorial Union Games Area. (Mischa Kuczynski/UC Davis)

The campus’s bowling lanes are back open after the installation of new pinsetter machines, and signups are now open for noon-hour staff bowling leagues.

The lanes were closed for about a month while the 1960s-era machines that keep the games going were replaced with brand-new models that will be more reliable for players and safer for student employees.

A worker installs new bowling pinsetters.
A worker installs new bowling pinsetters. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

As a bonus, colorful lights were added running the length of the lanes and in the area where the pins sit.

“The lights are the thing with the biggest visual wow factor,” said Janna Tolla, director of the Memorial Union.

Signups for five noon-hour staff bowling leagues — one for each weekday — run through Sunday, Oct. 20. The leagues start the week of the 21st and run through the end of the quarter, with a break the week of Thanksgiving. Bowlers can sign up individually and be matched with others, or can join as three-person teams. Signup fee is $25 per person.

The lanes — and the rest of the Memorial Union Games Area, with billiards, board games and console gaming — are open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Forthcoming leagues are planned for billiards and console gaming.

Workers install new pinsetter machines in the UC Davis bowling lanes.
Workers install new pinsetter machines in the UC Davis bowling lanes last month. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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