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"This event will undoubtedly change the way people think about professional bowling," said Mayor Giuliani. "New York City will show the world today that bowling isn't just an indoor sport. This historic event is free to New Yorkers and tourists visiting our City, and will draw thousands of fans and provide a new look at the great sport of bowling."
Brunswick oversaw the two-lane installation of its latest bowling environment, which will be positioned in front of Bryant Park's fountain area, looking east onto Sixth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Streets.
PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich said, "This event has exceeded our greatest expectations. In fact, this afternoon's event may prove to be the most impactful telecast of PBA's 40-year broadcast history."
New York City Sports Commission President Kenneth Podziba said, "This is another example of how New York City uses its non-traditional venues to host the world's most unique and innovative sporting events. I congratulate the PBA for using one of New York City's finest treasures, Bryant Park, to make such a bold statement, which will certainly go down in sports history."
Brunswick Indoor Recreation Group President Fred Florjancic said, "Brunswick is extremely pleased to be a part of this historic afternoon. We hope this proves to be the first of many annual partnerships with New York City, the PBA and Brunswick."