There's something for bowlers of all striped shoes at Crofton Bowling Centre. Visitors target pins on 48 shiny waxed lanes beneath bright lights—except during Millennium Bowling, when a DJ playing rock, punk, soul, and funk keeps the black-lit party going. But bowling's not the only thing the alley has got going for it. The arcade bleeps and bloops with digital fun, while The Roost serves beer and cocktails under the glow of high-definition TVs broadcasting all manner of sports. An onsite kitchen also dishes out a full day's worth of meals in addition to the expected snacks, offering everything from ham and egg breakfast sandwiches to bacon cheeseburgers to fried fish and fries.
With 48 bowling lanes, a comedy club, and a 5,000 square-foot sports bar, Liberty Center presents plenty of space for hurling spheres and howling at comedians. Upon arrival, prospective bowlers trade in their street shoes for a pair of two-tone lace-ups, which offer ample toe protection against clumsy bowling ball dance partners. On Friday and Saturday nights, players may raise up their arms and the automatic bumpers to the live DJ music dispersing throughout the glow-in-the-dark arena. A large soda, guzzled between turns, soothes mouths tired from cheering on teammates and selfishly hiding bowling balls.
If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.
Things are a little smaller at Glen Burnie Bowling Center, though the facility itself encompasses 30 lanes and a full-service snack bar, named GB Ducks Cafe. The petite objects in question are the pins and balls themselves. Glen Burnie celebrates the tradition of duckpin bowling, which incorporates lighter pins and smaller, easy-to-throw balls that almost never hatch into dragons. The objects collide during league games and open play. The smaller equipment also accommodates kids, and young bowlers can start playing in leagues as early as four years old. The coaches and instructors who oversee these programs hold certifications from the National Duckpin Youth Association.
Major League Bocce began for many of the same reasons anyone plays bocce ball: the founders were looking for a way to enjoy the social aspect of organized sports, but with less of an athletic component and preferably with a drink in hand. Since forging that modest alliance of close-knit friends in 2004, the company has reached for ever higher goals. Each season, they donate a portion of their registration fees to local charities, and the prize for each winning team is a donation to the charity of their choice. This has added up to more than $100,000 in donations throughout the company's 10-year existence. Like a house spider when your back is turned, the company is swiftly growing—8,000 players now participate not only in Washington D.C., but also Philadelphia, Bethesda, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Boston.
The Military Bowl, formerly the EagleBank Bowl, was conceived as the premier regional event to benefit the USO and entertain crowds from miles around with elite pigskin scuffles. Witness the laws of physics waver as one of the nation's top defensive teams, UMD, collides with the offensive ferocity of ECU for the first time. Opened in 1961, the multi-purpose RFK Stadium was most notably home to the Washington Redskins for 36 seasons. Its historic halls and bustling balconies provide an engaging environment in which to support our troops and watch titanic athletes discourage grass from ever growing again.