FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 7, 2017) -- Team Lee celebrated the grand opening of Family and MWR’s TenStrike Bowling Center Aug. 31, heralding it as the installation’s new and hottest community hangout.
TenStrike – located on the corner of C and Lee avenues – is a $12 million, 30-lane facility.
The center features an 80-seat food and beverage area that includes a seven-seat bar; a spacious arcade area; two custom lanes for young children; and a room that can be used for birthday parties and other functions.
The new facility has separate areas for league players and advanced individual training students and permanent party personnel. Consisting of 20 and 10 lanes, respectively, the configuration accommodates league play and AIT patronage while reserving lanes for others.
The facility name – TenStrike – was chosen as part of a naming contest. More than 1,000 customers participated and the name won out over Centennial Lanes by nine votes.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Col. Adam Butler, Fort Lee garrison commander, encouraged the audience to show appreciation to the Bowling Center staff for getting the new locations ready to go.
“We’re here to celebrate the opening of this brand-new $12 million facility,” he said. “A lot of hard work has gone into this facility. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that we’ll never see, and these employees are the ones responsible for it.”
Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, echoed Butler’s comments and said he was excited to try out the new center.
“I want to say thanks to the hundreds of people who had a part either in getting this thing to fruition or putting on today’s ceremony,” he said. “A lot of people worked very hard to make this come to life.”
Hurley said it’s a fantastic place for the Fort Lee community.
“Around the world, the No. 1 morale booster on any installation among Soldiers is the bowling alley,” he said. “I’ve never seen any center like this one so far.
“There’s even instant messaging capability, so people can talk trash to each other,” Hurley joked. “People can create their avatar as they bowl. There’s also two lanes dedicated to little kids. It’s amazing how it’s been crafted to be more than just a bowling center, it’s a community center and a place we can come and celebrate as a family.”
After the event, Darrell Clay, Family and MWR director, said he is excited about the new community offering.
“The new TenStrike Bowling Center has a very unique design that will allow us to best serve the entire Fort Lee community,” he said. “The split house lane design will provide a space for permanent party, retirees and family members to enjoy bowling, while at the same time the leagues and AIT population can enjoy bowling in a separate area. Pairing that with the quick service restaurant and party rooms, the new bowling center will be a favorite destination on Fort Lee for years to come.”
Currently, the center is taking registrations for the upcoming Youth Bowling League season. This league, that runs September through April, allows Fort Lee youth to bowl in the league for free. Visit the center for more details.