Frequently Asked Questions
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When did Sun Valley Lanes open?
Sun Valley Lanes opened on December 27, 1977. At the time, the bowling center was done in the stylish 70s colors of orange and brown. Today, the center is neon pink and neon blue, with a variety of complimenting colors.
Is smoking allowed in the bowling center?
Sun Valley Lanes is smoke-free, in conjunction with Nebraska law. Anyone wishing to smoke must go outside of the building, and bowlers are not allowed outside in bowling shoes (regardless if they own the pair of shoes or renting them, as gravel attached to the shoes could damage the approaches).
Why is it important that I don't go past the foul line?
Most people don't realize that we actually apply conditionerl to the lanes surface every single day. The reason is simple, friction. If we did not condition the lane, then the bowling balls would 'rip up' the lane due to friction. Walking on a bowling lane is like walking on ice. It is extremely dangerous and should never be stepped on or injury may result.
Why is important for my bowling shoes to remain dry?
The sole of all bowling shoes is made out of some type-form of leather. This allows you to slide when you release the ball. If the leather gets wet, then it becomes extremely tacky. Since some 'damp' spots are difficult to spot, bowlers are encouraged to remain in the players area during competition. Regardless, all bowlers are encouraged to 'test' their shoes before making a delivery, if they have left the bowlers area, or believe their shoes may have gotten damp.
What is the lane made of?
Sun Valley Lanes has AMF HPL Synthetic Lanes installed. These lanes replaced the original wood lanes starting October 1, 2004. In 2007 the HPL synthetic approaches were replaced with QubicaAMF’s new SPL textured approaches. In 2011 all of the head panels (first 12 feet of the lane) were replaced with new SPL head panels.
Do you have Keno?
Sun Valley Lanes doen not offer keno.
Does Sun Valley have bumpers for kids?
ALL of our lanes have 'automatic bumpers' availability. The auto-bumpers are state-of-the-art and another Sun Valley exclusive. These bumpers have the ability to have the bumper available by player. This allows families to play together on one lane.
What is Xtreme Bowling?
Xtreme Bowling refers to bowling when the pins and lanes 'glow' under black or special effect light conditions. At Sun Valley, we normally offer two type of Xtreme Bowling events - Xtreme Boogie Bowl and Xtreme Sizzlin' Saturdays. During Xtreme Boogie Bowl, the glowing lanes and pins are complimented with special effect lighting (including lasers and strobes), fog, and music. The music will vary depending on the type of Boogie Bowl event (retro, teen night, college night..). During Xtreme Sizzlin' Saturdays, you will not only be able to dance and bowl all night long, you will also have the chance to play several of our exclusive BES bowling games.
For over 15 years, we offered a Saturday night program called Xtreme Moonlight Madness. Due to the popularity of music while bowling, Xtreme Moonlight Madness was discontinued during the fall of 2004. An extremely popular event, Xtreme Moonlight Madness is still available to full center rental events, by request.
When is a good time to bring the family or friends open bowling?
Although open lane availability varies by date and time, Sundays are historically when we have the most lanes available. The ‘busy season’ for Sun Valley Lanes is from December-March, however open lanes are available even during this time. Remember, you can always check open lane availability on our website, and even guarantee a lane with a reservation.
How do I join a league?
In general, traditional leagues will begin in August and May. Short-season, 10-12 week long “Express” leagues will begin in September, October, January, February, May, June and July. If you are interested, please email us.
Can I get a bowling ball personalized at your pro shop?
Yes, we have two IBPSIA (International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association) certified professionals on staff that can customize a ball for you. Sun Valley Lanes is the ONLY bowling center in Nebraska with two IBPSIA staff members. These professionals are not available during all hours that the bowling center is open however, so it best to call the pro shop to verify their availability for certain dates and times.
Do you sell food and beverages?
Sun Valley Lanes offers a large variety of food and beverages at our Splitz Bar and Grill. Items ranging from traditional bowling alley fare, such as Burgers and Pizza, are complimented with healthier choices, such as salads and wraps. All items are cooked fresh and made to order, like any other traditional restaurant. Sun Valley Lanes also has the ability to cater events for large groups. Interested parties should contact the manager-on-duty for a copy of the group events menu. Splitz also offers a full line of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, featuring Pepsi products.
Can we bring in our own food or beverages?
No. In accordance with health department and liquor license regulations, Sun Valley Lanes does not allow any outside food or beverage to be brought into the bowling center. Occasinally exceptions are made for large groups conducting a center rental. All outside food and beverages for group events will be assessed a plating and/or tapping fee.