130 Year Bowling Legacy
Building exciting bowling experiences for you and your bowlers.
Home of The World’s Most In-Play String Pinsetter
This mini bowling alley install was done in Warren, Michigan. You can find it at the popular Universal Lanes. This project was exciting to complete. We were able to bring this business a unique offering, speedy installation, and a highly profitable one at that. The...
This bowling alley installation in Bartlett, IL took place at a popular local alley. This was an exciting project looking at the before and after. Our client had a vision and we put the work in to make it a whole reality. This project includes our life-changing string...
Our residential installations are some of the most fun project we have because we get to bring to life a unique bowling experience for our customers. This installation comes from a client in San Jose, CA and includes a one-of-a-kind 2-lane bowling experience and our...
Lanes Built Worldwide
Square Feet of Production Space
Years of German Engineering
Family Owned Since 1964
Family owned and operated, Funk and sister company Spellman have over 130 years in the bowling equipment manufacturing and installation business. With 100+ employees and two production facilities combining over 100,000 square feet of production space, Funk is ready to take on any bowling project, big or small. Whether you’re starting a 24-lane bowling alley, or you are looking to design a personal, in-home bowling experience, we’ve seen it all.
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String pinsetters are simply more profitable and offer a faster, more enjoyable bowling experience for your customers. If you’re looking to update your pinsetters, it’s time to upgrade to string!
It is our mission to help our customers develop exciting and innovative bowling experiences that bring people together and we’ve been doing it for decades.
Those that have invested in bowling understand the value that bowling has beyond the direct revenue. With lanes typically accommodating up to 6 people, one game can take an hour or more. That’s an hour where customers are within the four walls of the business,...
A variation on the standard 10-pin bowling experience, duckpin bowling is often considered a more challenging version of its 10-pin counterpart. The main reasons for this can be attributed to the smaller pins and balls. The game is so challenging in fact that no one...
In addition to following local, state and federal guidelines as it relates to conducting business amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many things to consider as you reopen. The reality is that the typical day-to-day operations of your bowling alley or...
Bowling Business FAQs
What’s the most expensive aspect about running a bowling business?
Simply put, maintenance. The biggest contributor of these maintenance costs is the traditional free-fall pinsetter. Free-fall pinsetters can have thousands of moving parts, any of which can malfunction and cause a breakdown. This is why many bowling alleys that utilize free fall pinsetters have an on-site, full-time mechanic to make sure the equipment stays up and running.
Given that the free-fall pinsetter results in so much required maintenance and the associated costs, many bowling businesses are turning to the string pinsetter. Widely used in Europe, the string pinsetter eliminates the need for a full-time mechanic and the majority of the repairs and maintenance can be conducted by any of your existing staff.
How profitable is a bowling business?
Every business and market are different. Some bowling experiences focus on offering a broad range of entertainment options and diversify the revenue stream. Some focus just on bowling and food and drinks. Either way, Bowling.com offers some figures as to the financial impact each bowling lane can potentially have on a bowling business. The article says:
“A bowling center averaging 11,000 games per year generates about $36,750 per lane annually.”
How much space do I need for each bowling lane?
The average length of a bowling lane can be anywhere from 90 to 100 feet. The standard length of a lane from the foul line to the back of hte pin deck is 63 feet (1920 centimeters). The standard approach is usually 15 to 16 feet (457 to 488 centimeters). Additional length is needed for the pinsetter (Funk’s string pinsetter requires an additional 5 feet and 3 inches (160 centimeters). Finally, the seating area can vary but typically ranges from 8 to 12 feet (245 to 366 centimeters). All of these measurements are standard but everything is customizable.
In terms of width, two lanes with an above ground ball return usually comes to aboue 11 feet and 7 inches (354 centimeters). For two lanes with an underground ball return, expect to dedicate 11 feet and 4 inches (345 centimeters).
How much does it cost to build a bowling lane?
Every bowling project is unique. With so many options and customizations to choose from, it is difficult to offer general pricing information. From design to installation, there are many choices bowling business owners have, which is why we build custom quotes to fit your needs. Contact us today to request a quote for your bowling project.