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Warrior Lanes- Who is a “guest” and why does it matter?

A question we get asked frequently is “Why do you have a maximum of 5 guests per lane?” at your bowling center.  This comes up often and for a variety of reasons.  First, we need to define who a “guest” is.  A guest is any BODY coming through our doors.  Age, ability, and intentions do not matter.  And here’s why.

Prior to the pandemic, I think, every business’s goal was to get as many people through their doors as possible.  More people = more revenue.  During 2020 we, as business owners, were forced to take a hard look at previous procedures and priorities and make changes for the survival of our business and the comfort of our guests.  In the process, a few conveniences were sacrificed.  The one that has had the biggest effect is limiting the number of guests allowed per lane.

There are some bowling centers that have a lot of extra room and some that do not.  We are one of the “do nots”.  Originally, the space that Warrior Lanes currently occupies, was designed to be a small movie theater. Developers changed those plans late in the game when a proposal for a bowling center was approved.  Construction space was maximized as best as it could be to allow for 16 bowling lanes, 2 party rooms, a small arcade and the front desk area.  Had the building design been originally for bowling, our lanes, approaches & settee area (also known as the bowler’s seating area) would not be a raised area.  The raised settee area is bordered by house ball cabinets, stairs, rails, and a wheelchair ramp- all which take up valuable customer space.  Our settee area has 1 table located behind each respective lane.  Even with the tables staggered, most of our tables have room for only 5 chairs- a seat for each guest.  With 5 chairs around the table, there is just enough room for bowlers to get to their lane to bowl, without impeding the guests at the adjacent lane and table.  The lower floor area (also called a concourse) is where bowlers walk to their lanes and find bowling balls. 

We want every guest, bowling or not, to be comfortable and safe during their visit.  With more than 5 people at a single lane, this cannot happen AT WARRIOR LANES.  Every bowling center is designed differently and had we designed this bowling center ourselves: 1) we wouldn’t be in this expensive, leased, limiting space and 2) there would be SO MUCH more room for so many more people and things. 

Recently, we have been told we are discriminating against families with small children and large families because of our policy.  This couldn’t be further from the truth!  In this case, the family had 5 bowlers plus a non-bowling adult with an infant (and a big stroller), making 7 total guests so they needed 2 lanes.  There was no physical or practical way this family could enjoy themselves, comfortably, within the space of 1 lane.  We do not charge by the guest, or by the lane for walk-in bowling, so there wasn’t an extra charge for the extra space, and we were able to put them on 2 lanes together.  They did bowl but left upset because they were on 2 lanes, so they bowled “too fast” and didn’t enjoy a longer evening out.  Another family of 11 came to bowl but grandma and grandpa were just going to “watch” the other 9 bowl.  There is no room for grandma and grandpa without having the 3rd lane.

Another scenario is customers who make online reservations.  These reservations are booked and paid for by the lane, so they do have to pay for space for additional guests.  We are clear about our policy throughout the booking process, so it isn’t a surprise.  Online reservations are a perk during our busy times allowing customers to “line jump” when we have a wait list.  Yes, you do need to purchase that additional, non-refundable, lane to allow room for everyone in your party.  Again, this allows everyone their own space to be comfortable and enjoy their time with us and is not meant to be a “money grab”.
Those who gamble with their reservation and only purchase space for 5 but bring in 6 or 7 people will end up disappointed, as they will be required to purchase an additional lane on the off chance there might be one available- but there usually isn’t, or tell 2 of their guests they will have to hang out somewhere away from the rest of their group.  Neither case is a fun conversation to have.

Gone are the days of having 100+ people in the settee area and cramming a lot of people into a really small space.  While limiting guests per lane does reduce the revenue potential of a lane, we do believe we are doing our part to keep everyone as comfortable and safe as possible during their time at Warrior Lanes.  PLEASE, plan ahead accordingly!  We appreciate your kindness and understanding.

Warrior Lanes News- April 2021

Hot off the “digital press”! Here is your “What’s Happening At Warrior, April 2021 edition!

Spring Into Fun With Warrior Lanes…
Spring Leagues Are Starting SOON! Don’t Miss Out On the Fun!

Our short season Spring Leagues are a great way to plan a night out and keep your skills sharp. We have something for kids, adults, couples, families, good/bad/wannabe bowlers… Click here to check out all of our upcoming leagues.

AND… (this is so exciting!) We are introducing our new <img draggable=” />GIRLS CLUB<img draggable=” />! Girls Club is open to just females ages 8 to 108 and will meet on Monday nights at 6:30 pm for 10 weeks starting May 17th. Each week includes a 30 minute bowling lesson, and 2 games of league style bowling and scoring PLUS every member gets a brand new, custom fit and drilled, bowling ball of their very own!  “What happens at girls club, stays at girls club!”  MORE GC INFO IS HERE!

We’d Love To Help You Raise Money For Your Sports Team or Non-Profit Organization!

FUNDRAISERS ARE BACK! Warrior Lanes has many great fundraising ideas and event opportunities for groups of all types and sizes.

Do you have a sports team, school group, charity or organization that needs to raise money? We can help! Each of our fundraisers have different elements and options that can be customized for your group.

Call or email us today to talk about how we can assist in planning your event.
Don’t let the unpredictable Iowa weather cause stress when planning your upcoming event!

DID YOU KNOW… Your Children can Bowl Free All Summer Long!

Don’t miss out on the Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling program. Registered children receive 2 free games of bowling every day all summer long! Add the (optional) family pass to your account when registering, and up to four adults can join in the fun with a small one-time payment. We offer this program for kids 17 and under every day from May 2nd through September 5th. Just rent your shoes and head to your lane!  REGISTER FOR KIDS BOWL FREE HERE!

There are no rainouts or bench riders in bowling! Anyone and everyone can play and have fun at Warrior Lanes! #GoBowling

<img draggable=” />Finally, what’s up with the masks?? <img draggable=” />
As a private, family owned and operated business, we have decided to continue to follow the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health’s recommendations. Warrior Lanes will continue to require all guests and staff to wear a mask at all times inside our bowling center. Anyone unable or unwilling to wear a mask should visit us at another time. We remain committed to the well-being of our community and to being the best #CovidSafeBusiness we can be!<img draggable=” /> We will reevaluate our policy as we near the end of the current emergency proclamation in early May.

Thank you for your support & understanding!

Kristy Basart-Morse and Brad Basart
Warrior Lanes Owners & Fun Coordinators

November Newsletter

Thank You Veterans!

To honor all Veterans and our ongoing commitment to the Bowlers To Veterans – “BVL”.
Warrior Lanes will donate $1 for each full price game
of bowling purchased on Friday, November 11th
We will also have BVL change collections cans at customer service for your “spare” change donations.

Happy Thanksgiving from Warrior Lanes!

Add some extra fun to your holiday weekend!
See our website for our Specials & Events!

We are having our “Turkey Time” family doubles tournament
at 10am on Sunday, November 27th.
The entry fee is $20 per team which includes:

  • Bowling
  • Shoes
  • Awards and
  • Fundraising for our youth scholarship program and the BVL organization.

A Turkey Time team is 1 adult and one youth bowler. Trophies will be awarded!
ANYONE is welcome to participate – you don’t have to be a league bowler and you don’t have to be a good bowler!

Yes! We will be open on Thanksgiving … but we will open later than usual so our family can spend time together too!
We will be open from 5pm-10pm
on Thanksgiving Day
for open bowling.
Holiday rates will be applied

Are You Signed Up for Novemburrrrrr Family Glow Party?

Our Novemburrrrr Bowling Party is right around the corner on
Sunday, November 13th from Noon-2pm.
Head to our specials page to check out the details!

This party has sold out on the past so don’t wait. Registration closes on Friday, November 11th at
6pm or when all 16 lanes have been sold.

It’s High School Bowling time!

9th through 12th graders are encouraged to ask their athletic directors when and where try outs will be held for their school.
If you school doesn’t offer a high school bowling program, ask your athletic director what schools they have a “sharing” agreement with and see if you can try out for that team.
Visit our Youth page to get more information.

Pin Down Your Holiday Party Plans at Warrior Lanes

We’re now booking holiday party dates, this year try a Holiday Bowling Party to celebrate the season. It’s fun, economical and everyone can participate. Good morale is important, give us a call, we can help. Best of all, we do all the work and you have all of the fun!

Great New Year’s Eve Family Celebrations

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information about our great New Years Eve events and specials!
Warrior Lanes Gift Certificates Makes Great Holiday Gifts! Stop in Today to grab your certificates now!
Bowling Is Healthy Way To Live!

Trick or Treat Family Bowling Tournament

  Join us at 10am Sunday, October 30th for our 1st Annual Trick or Treat Tournament. This is a fun event made up of 2 bowler per team- one adult bowler age 18 and older teamed up with a youth bowler under age 18.  There are 2 divisions- 11 and under & 12 and over.  This tournament is for any bowlers, not just league bowlers.  With the unique format of this event, skill isn't the focus.  
  Teams will bowl 4 games in an alternating format.  For games 1 & 3 the adult bowler will start each frame.  For games 2 & 4 the youth bowler will start each frame.  Bumpers will not be used but ball ramps can be used on the youth bowler's turn in the 11 & under division.
  This is a scratch tournament.  The entry fee is $20 per team.  This is a fundraiser for our youth bowling program and the BVL- Bowler's To Veterans Link.  Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each division.
  We will even have a costume contest with prizes, but costumes are not required.  
  Please call Kristy or send an email to bowl@warriorlanes.com with your team entry information.  We will take teams until the event fills with 32 teams.  Walk-ins are allowed if there is room left.

Spooktacular Bowling Fun

To have some Halloween fun, we've borrowed an event from our friends at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, NE.  If you roll a STRIKE with a red head pin you win a prize and a piece of candy.  All treats, no tricks- only at Warrior Lanes.