Five GLBT-friendly bowling leagues in the Twin Cities meet weekly at bowling alleys throughout the Cities on various evenings.
Prime Time in St. Paul Tuesday (PIST) League meets Tuesday nights at Midway Pro Bowl. Like each of the five leagues, it welcomes people of all kinds: male, female, gay, straight, bowler, and nonbowler.
PIST President Ron Eastman, an avid gay league bowler since the early 1980s, shares, “I enjoy bowling night, because it’s a great way to meet people without having to go to the bars.”
David Dominick, President of the Wednesday Rainbow Bowling League, notes, “Our league is composed of men and women who are gay, lesbian, and straight bowlers. We have a good mix of bowlers.”
According to Dominick, this is a historical year, as 30 teams are participating, and his league rents out the entire bowling alley for the evening.
Steve Nardini, Secretary of the Hump Day Bowlers League, which also meets Wednesday nights, at Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul, states, “Although our league has points awarded, weekly standings, and league champions, it’s a very social league.”
Northern Lights Thursday League meets at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis.
Twin Cities Friday League gathers at Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul.
Doug Clobes, Secretary of the Twin Cities Friday League, points out, “We have a nice mix of friendly people on this league. Occupations range from blue-collar to professional, and ages range from mid-20s to 60-ish.”
Prices vary from league to league, but the trend seems to be an annual fee of around $20, along with about $15 per week.
Leagues have started already, but many allow members to join through early October.
So, why do these bowlers love the leagues so much?
“It gets you out of the house once a week,” Nardini says. “Time to spend with friends, and enjoy a sport that allows you to drink while participating. Try that on the basketball court!”
Prime Time in St. Paul (Tuesday)
Wednesday Rainbow Bowling League
Hump Day Bowlers League (Wednesday)
Northern Lights Thursday League
Twin Cities Friday League