What is the USBC Open Championships in Bowling?

What Is the Open Championships in Bowling

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships is one of the five major tournaments on the World Bowling Tour (WBT). It is played on an annual basis, and the location changes each year. Read on to learn more about the USBC Open Championships, including its history and format.

  • Venue: National Bowling Stadium (changes yearly)
  • Location: Reno, NV (changes yearly)
  • Date: March 4, 2023 - July 23, 2023 (changes yearly)
  • Organization: United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
  • First Event: 1901
  • 2022 Winner (Regular Singles): Alex George


The USBC Open Championships, previously known as the ABC Championships Tournament, was first played in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901, making the tournament over 120 years old. It is one of the oldest bowling tournaments in the world and is an extremely prestigious event. The USBC Open Championships have been played all over the United States.

The only years the USBC Open Championships were not played were in 1943, 1944, 1945, and 2020. The tournament was not played between 1943 and 1945 due to World War II, while it was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The USBC Open Championships consists of three divisions, each of which features a five-person team event, a doubles event, a singles event, and all-events categories. Each event involves three games of bowling, with scores recorded and ranked on a scratch basis, with no handicaps allowed. The team event is typically bowled on the first day, followed by doubles and singles on the second day, with doubles being bowled first. Each event has a separate winner or winners.

Future Host Cities

The United States Bowling Congress has announced the locations for the next eight years. Those host cities are as follows:

  • 2024: Las Vegas, NV
  • 2025: Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2026: Reno, NV
  • 2027: Las Vegas, NV
  • 2029: Reno, NV
  • 2030: Las Vegas, NV
  • 2032: Reno, NV
  • 2033: Las Vegas, NV


What is the USBC Open Championships?

The USBC Open Championships is an annual tournament that is one of the five major events on the World Bowling Tour (WBT). It is held every year in a different location, and features three divisions of competition with four subcategories of event: team events, doubles, singles, and all-events. The tournament has been held since 1901, and played in every year except 1943-1945 (due to World War II) and 2020 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic).