Gutter ball: Other forms of entertainment are increasing in popularity, causing the industry to tumble

The industry is in the process of switching lanes amid a period of long-term decline. Reduced disposable incomes during the recession further crippled bowling center operators and led many consumers to cut location-based entertainment like bowling out of their budgets. Revenue will only slightly grow during the next five years as more operators diversify and bring in a wider range of customers. Operators that emphasize the social aspects of taking a trip to bowling centers with friends and family will have the most success combating the draw of digital and in-home entertainment...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.5%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
69,143
Businesses
3,610
Market Share of Companies
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue will continue to slowly increase as operators evolve their offerings to attract a wider range of customers
  • The industry is shifting from catering to serious bowlers to attracting high-income casual patrons
  • Rising disposable incomes will enable consumers to visit more venues like bowling centers
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    According to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), 63.0% of bowling centers derive the majority of their revenue from bowling activities. Alternatively, 28.0% derive the majority of their revenue from nonbowling related activities, while the remaining 9.0% derive an equal amount of revenue from bowling and nonbowling activities. However, larger industry operators that provide a range of entertainment options skew the share of industry revenue accounted for by each product and service offering. Consequently, on average, traditional bowling activities are anticipated to account for only 24.6% of total industry revenue in 2017.Bowling activitiesMore specifically, open-play bowling and league play bowling are anticipated to account for 13.3% and 8.4% o...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 - open play
  • Bowling - league play
  • Shoe rental
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Snack bar
  • Laser tag
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Other
  • Bowling - open play
  • Bar/lounge
  • Laser tag
  • Bowling - league play
  • Snack bar
  • Shoe rental
  • 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
    ProfitWages and depreciationPurchasesRent and utilitiesOther
  • 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
  • Table: Bowlmor AMF - 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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