Gutter ball: Other forms of entertainment are increasing in popularity, limiting revenue growth

The Bowling Centers industry is switching lanes: Over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to have recovered slightly, in line with rising disposable income levels, as operators have continued to diversify their offerings to appeal to new customers. To attract a growing market of casual bowlers, bowling centers have increasingly become multi-use facilities that include a variety of other recreational activities, from laser tag to high-end restaurants, following years of declining demand and revenue earnings. While external competition from at-home entertainment options, such as video games, has increased, shifting downstream markets and slowly evolving service offerings indicate that opportunities exist for operators willing to shake up the traditional business model...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.5%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
70,171
Businesses
3,696
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Slowly evolving service offerings indicate that opportunities exist for operators willing to shake up the traditional business model
  • New entrants are predominately locating in urban and suburban environments
  • More centers will shift their marketing focus to appeal to casual, open-play bowlers
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    While the ultimate customers for the Bowling Centers industry are consumers, which typically leads to a close correlation between the distribution of establishments and the overall population, bowling centers are not heavily concentrated in the most populated regions. Instead, the Great Lakes region, which has 14.5% of the population, accounts for a disproportionately large 27.3% of industry establishments. The Great Lakes region's high share of industry establishments is likely due to the historical prevalence of blue-collar manufacturing in the area, which drove demand for bowling alleys when the game was predominantly popular among working-class consumers. IBI...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Bowling Centers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Bowling Centers Industry are

  • Understanding the industry's market
  • Access to a multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Bowling Alleys industry and Per capita disposable income in the Bowling Centers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Bowling Centers Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily operate bowling centers. Establishments also often sell food and beverages.

    Industry Products
  • Bowling
  • Food and beverages
  • Non-bowling games and activities
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing open play bowling
  • Providing league play bowling
  • Renting bowling shoes
  • Selling food, alcoholic beverages and nonalcoholic beverages
  • Providing laser tag, miniature golf and other games
  • Selling bowling supplies in pro shops
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the Bowling Alleys industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Urban population
  • Demand from video games

  • Current Performance
  • Getting back in the lane
  • The market splits
  • Bigger is better
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • A healthier economy
  • The future of bowling
  • Table: Bowling Centers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bowling Centers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling
  • Vending Machine Operators

  • Products & Services
  • Non-bowling games and activities
  • Bowling
  • Food and beverages
  • Other
  • Chart: Bowling Centers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Suburban open play bowlers
  • Suburban league play bowlers
  • Urban open play bowlers
  • Urban league play bowlers
  • Rural open play bowlers
  • Rural league play bowlers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bowling Centers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bowling Centers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Bowling Centers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Bowlmor AMF Corp.,
  • Table: Bowlmor AMF Corp. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bowling Centers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Bowling Centers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Urban Population (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Cosmic Bowling
  • Conventional bowling that is accompanied by music and light shows.
  • Family Fun Center
  • An establishment that offers a variety of activities that cater to the entire family.
  • Pinsetter
  • A device that automatically sets up and spots bowling pins on the bowling alley.
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