Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: NO Mirage! Terry Fator Opens USBC Championship Bowling Lanes in Las Vegas

NO Mirage! Terry Fator Opens USBC Championship Bowling Lanes in Las Vegas

Terry Fator and Maynard Las Vegas
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That's right. You may have thought Terry Fator was doing his first new Las Vegas show last night at the Mirage, but he didn't. Instead, he opened at the $10 million dollar USBC Bowling Lanes at Cashman Center.

Terry Fator and Emma Las Vegas
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Terry Fator and Winston Las Vegas
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Terry Fator and Maynard Las Vegas
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Of course he had his puppets for the performance. He was joined by 'The Lovely Emma', 'Winston The Impersonating Turtle', and 'Maynard the Elvis Impersonator". The puppets were also gracious enough to let the 2007 America's Got Talent winner to do a solo number.

OK, so you're probably wondering what's up. Terry's 'opening' was for Bowlfest, the kickoff of the
United States Bowling Congress Open Bowling Championships for 2009. The 60 lane, $10 million dollar bowling center was built inside the Cashman Convention Center in downtown Las Vegas. For the next 5 months from 7 AM to 2 AM, an estimated 85,000 bowlers will bowl approximately 700,000 games while participating in the competition. The Masters are on ESPN today, February 15.

The lane construction began in mid December with a crew of 40 installing the 60 lane Brunswick bowling center, grandstands and lighting. After the 154 days of bowling, they'll tear it all down. The USBC says it is worth the effort, as it's the largest participatory sports event in the nation. It's also one of the oldest, having begun in 1901, even before there was a Las Vegas, and has missed only 1943-45 for WW II.

The USBC also estimates the event's economic impact for Las Vegas at $100 million, and 17,200 teams of 5 players have already entered. A testament to the popularity of Las Vegas as a vacation destination, that number is second only to the 17,285 entries of the 1995 Reno event, where the USBC permanent bowling stadium is now located.

The night's opening celebration crowd was all ages, from children to senior adults. Besides the always fantastic performance of Terry, there was a local media bowling challenge, and some amazing and humorous trick shots that included the Jim Cripps the 'Backwards Bowler
', who when he isn't bowling is a REALTOR® from Middle Tennessee. There was also a marketplace to check out the latest bowling gear, an autograph area where you could meet with the pros, and then later they tossed T Shirts out to the crowd. Here's a variety of pictures from Bowlfest.

USBC Bowling Open Championship Lanes Las Vegas
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2009 USBC Bowling Open Championship Trophies Las Vegas
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Trick Bowling - 2009 USBC Bowlfest Las Vegas
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7 - 10 Split with 'Obstacle' Trick Bowling - Bowlfest Las Vegas
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Backwards Bowler Jim Cripps - 2009 USBC Bowlfest Las Vegas
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T Shirts tossed at 2009 USBC Bowlfest Las Vegas
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Bowling Marketplace - 2009 USBC Open Championships Las Vegas
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I've mentioned before that I've been to and really enjoyed Terry's show. He did have to run after his 'opening' performance, to his real opening tonight at Mirage Las Vegas. I plan to visit him at his new home as soon as my schedule allows. His show currently runs Tuesday - Saturday (Check for any dark days) at 7:30 PM. Preview shows have begun and run through March 13, when he will have his official premier. Tickets are available through the Mirage website, and you can find out more about Terry here at his website

He's not only a wonderful performer, he's captured that old Vegas style of turning up in the community, so it's a pleasure to have him as a neighbor here in the Las Vegas Valley. Entertainers like him, and all the community events, are part of what makes Las Vegas a great place to call home.


If you are interested in relocating to Las Vegas or would like more information on Las Vegas real estate, please email me, Roberta LaRocca, at, or call 702-354-8988. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Comment balloon 4 commentsRoberta LaRocca • February 15 2009 05:52AM


Hahaha! You got me again! For a minute there I thought Terry lost his gig at the Mirage! Thats cool he showed up for this even right before his opening. I'll have to check out his new show. Cool pics of him and the lanes. I'll have to sneak a peak at those too.

Posted by Bob over 11 years ago

Cool! Terry was here in Daytona Beach, performing at a local auditorium. I heard it was a sold out performance.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 11 years ago

Hi Roberta... this is one of the things I always love about your blog... it shows a side of your community that emphasizes what makes it a special and unique place to live.  You really capture the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas!  Tell Sparky I say hi! :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Bob: I couldn't resist. It's not often that a performer would run out to another event just before his new show opens. Glad you enjoyed the pictures, you'll have to check it out. You should also catch Terry's show, I think you'll really enjoy it.  

Lisa: Terry seems to be packing them in wherever he's been on tour. Besides his talent, his is an inspiring rags to riches story, and he retains his down to earth style. He really appreciates this opportunity and his audiences, and it shows.  

Steve: Thanks, I try! The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has done a tremendous job of promoting the 'Visitor Brand' for Vegas. The entertainment and sizzle of the Strip. The public knows that very well, but it's the amazing 'other sides' of Vegas, it's secrets, that can add so much more for those that live here. Of course Vegas is a relatively new city with most residents 'the new kids on the block'. There are even those living here that don't know where they hide all the good stuff! :) Fortunately my in-house guide has explored the valley for decades, and I get to pass along that and what I've experienced from having that advantage.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago