TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- Many indoor activities such as going to the movies, mini-golf, and bowling took a hit when the pandemic first started. Bowling has been a favorite pastime for many people. It was a way to do something fun to escape the brutal heat in the summer and frigid temperatures in the winter. However, things changed last summer when a local bowling alley had to close its doors when the pandemic hit.
Terre Haute Bowling Center has been open for more than 40 years.
During its time of operation, the bowling center hosted multiple state and national bowling tournaments, while also giving residents of the Wabash Valley a unique place to bowl.
President Rick Braden said when the pandemic first hit the bowling alley was worried about when it would be able to open back up again.
He said, “We were closed for five months, we had to lay off everybody except for our full-time people which we were able to pay. But even today we are not back to where we were before the pandemic started.”
Braden told News 10 when the alley did open back up, it had to open with changes to make sure everyone was staying safe.
Those changes have evolved due to guidelines becoming less strict, but Braden said the bowling alley is still doing what it needs to do in order to keep everyone safe.
He said, “We make sure that the shoes are sanitized, the bowling balls are cleaned, the seating areas are constantly cleaned, so with everybody’s joint, getting together and do that there are no problems.”
He said the constant support from the community has been tremendous during this time.
Whether that’s just following new guidelines, or continuing to come out to bowl in these uncertain times, Braden said he’s thankful for everyone.
Braden said, “You know you become like family. So, it’s great to see them back and they’re gradually coming back again and we’re just very thankful that they are.”
Looking ahead to the future Braden told News 10 he can’t wait to be back to normal, and hopes to hold future bowling tournaments once again.