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Eugene bowling alley sees crowd on first day of phase two

Regulars were lined up outside before the doors opened, eager to bowl and support the local business.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 7:54 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2020 11:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- For the first time in several months, Firs Bowl Lanes in Eugene opened its doors at noon on Friday under phase two of the reopening process. This is a family owned business, and it has been around since the sixties.

Regulars were lined up outside before the doors opened, eager to bowl and support the local business.

The overall experience is going to look a lot different than what you're used to.

First, during the check-in process, you put your name, party and shoe size in all by yourself on a computer at the front desk.

The staff will then give you your bowling shoes, and you pick out your own ball and bring it to your lane, which you're assigned during check-in.

In order to fit everyone inside and keep a good distance between parties, Firs Bowl Lanes shut down every other lane so that parties are six feet away from one another.

Under the guidance, up to 10 people are allowed in a party. If there are that many in one group, staff will give you two lanes to share and close the next lane accordingly.

In addition, you will no longer have to put your ball back after you bowl. Staff ask that you leave your ball there and they will do the rest. This is in an effort to sanitize everything and make sure every group gets a clean set. Co-owner Tim Lain said their busy seasons are usually September through May and when summer comes around, business slows down.

Regardless, he said his family is thrilled to be open again.

"Most of your centers will store some revenue for their slower months but unfortunately with the shutdown we had to use that before the summer. But with the support of the community and customers I think we will be fine,” Lain said.

Firs Bowl Lanes also offers food and drinks, but under Brown's guidelines, they have to close at 10 instead of midnight like other bars and restaurants.

This is something Lain hopes will change in the coming weeks.

Firs Bowl Lanes also has air hockey, pool tables and arcade games available for use. Lain said they are all sanitized between each use.

They saw at least a dozen reservations on Friday as of 7 p.m. and with the rainy weather we’re supposed to see this weekend, they expect to be a full house. They suggest you call ahead to book a reservation.

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