Broken Arrow Lanes facilitates pin-crushing revelry throughout the week with youth and adult leagues and open-bowling hours on 36 lanes. Flat-screen televisions suspended above each lane display players' scores and heated debates between news pundits and teleprompters. The alley also envelops a pro shop, a redemption-based game room, and a full-service dining area, where patrons can snag handheld meals such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizza slices but not bowling balls.
As a kid, Micky Bolin roamed Sahoma Lanes, lending a helping hand to his grandfather, who opened the bowling alley in 1960. Over the years, the business switched hands from his grandfather to his father, with Micky taking over as manager in 2005. Today, the alley's 24 lanes still foster a fun, competitive atmosphere but with the added bonus of automatic scoring and a fully loaded video-game area that would've caused accusations of time travel or Russian-spy connections on opening day. The center buzzes with energy during Saturday night cosmic bowling, when what Micky calls the "mom-approved" tunes and current music videos are emblazoned across 10-foot screens. Nearby, patrons clamor for a chance to net mammoth catches before humanely releasing them back into the motherboard of the Big Bass Pro arcade game or refuel with pizza and burgers at the snack bar. The bowling center hosts a roster of leagues, but the Colorama League stands out from the rest with more than $3,400 worth of cash prizes, which can fund future games or cover the cost of a bowling ball crushed during a fit of frustration. Yet staff members prefer Thursday-night leagues, when they lace up bowling shoes and join players in the lanes.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.