Classic Lanes Closes Down Leaving Leagues Out in the Middle of Their Season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/08

Classic Lanes Closes Down Leaving Leagues Out in the Middle of Their Season

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One bowling alley is striking out in Lubbock, leaving more than one hundred people wondering why and looking for a place to continue their league season.    

Classic Lanes on Slide Road has closed its doors for good. Marquita Darland has been the secretary of a bowling league at Classic Lanes for more than eight years. She was in charge of 17 teams of four.  

"Things like this happen and we have no control on it so we are handling it as best we can," said Darland.

Darland was shocked when the bowling alley unexpectedly closed on June 29th.

"I got a hold of David Knight the center manager and he said yes the center had closed.  The district manager had come down Sunday afternoon and told them they were closing the center immediately.  I feel he was as shocked as the rest of us were," said Darland. 

With Classic Lanes closing down, it's leaving some league bowlers out in the middle of their season. 

115 people to be exact, General Manager of South Plains Lanes Jim McClain says Classic Lanes closing down just hurts the community. 

"It's a loss to the community because of town of over 200,000 it's very difficult to make it feasible for everybody to come out and bowl," said McClain. 

Now what Darland is facing is whether or not to shut down the league or move it to a different center.  It all depends on a vote for everyone in the league.  McClain says he welcomes new leagues, but there may not be enough room. 

"Hopefully we can help them, but this is up to the bowlers themselves I mean all we can do is offer them times and this may not be the times they are use to bowling," said McClain. 

Classic Lanes is owned by AMF bowling centers, which has more than 300 centers across the U.S.  NewsChannel 11 called and left the corporate office a message, but they did not return our call.

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