Southfield Bowl - Southfield MI

Address: 23050 Eight Mile Rd
City: Southfield
State: MI
Zip: 48033
County: Oakland
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This 34 lane alley goes back to 1959. The building was 28,000 sq ft. The opening ads mention Bill Lillard (Bowling Writers Association of America's Bowler of the Year in 1956) and Joe Josephs (Member of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame) as instructors. According to the old newspapers, it must have been re-done in 1964. I grew up in Southfield and I remember going to this joint. They must have widened 8 mile because this place was a few feet from the street, barely enough room for the sidewalk.

A women's state record (853 series) was set here in 1997 by Tamika Green. There was an odd article from May 1959 indicating smoking was banned on the premises due to a supposed methane leak. I am sure that ban was rescinded at some point until smoking in public places was severely restricted in the earlier 2000's. I also found some old Southfield High yearbook ads. The alley was demolished just after 2007. The last bowling results in the newspaper were from 2000 but I think it lasted until 2004 or so.

Info Updates:
3/11/2023 - Mike
The exterior wall of Southfield Bowl boasted ''''Chromatic Design for Higher Scoring!'''' - But actually I think the secret sauce was worn, wobbly wood ... I went there one afternoon carrying a low 120s average and rolled the sequence X X X X / X. With a house ball!
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Southfield Bowl - Rare Photo From Loop Net
Rare Photo From Loop Net
Southfield Bowl - Now An Empty Lot
Now An Empty Lot
Southfield Bowl - Southfield High Year Book Ad
Southfield High Year Book Ad
Southfield Bowl - 1967 Southfield High Yearbook Ad
1967 Southfield High Yearbook Ad
Southfield Bowl - Apr 1959 Opening
Apr 1959 Opening
Southfield Bowl - Aug 1959 Grand Opening
Aug 1959 Grand Opening
Southfield Bowl - Feb 1997 853 Series From Tamika Glenn
Feb 1997 853 Series From Tamika Glenn
Southfield Bowl - Jan 1964 Ad
Jan 1964 Ad
Southfield Bowl - May 1959 Smoking Ban Due To Methane
May 1959 Smoking Ban Due To Methane
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