LAS VEGAS – The PBA World Series of Bowling will continue as scheduled, but the PBA announced Thursday the five televised finals will be held without spectators.
“It is with an abundance of caution and in cooperation with South Point that the PBA has decided the Storm WSOB XI televised finals will go on without spectators present during the tournaments,” PBA CEO Colie Edison said in a statement Thursday. “Attendance will be limited to competitors, players’ families and those in an official capacity only.
“We are thankful all of our loyal fans will be able to watch the finals of all WSOB XI events on FS1 and, internationally, on FloBowling’s livestreams.”
The World Series began on March 8 and is scheduled to wrap up on March 18. The first spectator-free show will take place Sunday with the PBA Cheetah Championship on FS1 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
The PBA Chameleon Championship is set for Monday, the PBA Scorpion on Tuesday and the PBA World Championship on Wednesday. All of those shows will take place at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The first four shows will be broadcast live while the special USA vs. The World event is scheduled to be taped on March 18 for broadcast on March 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
While many sports have canceled events, some sports have decided to proceed with spectator-free events like the PGA Tour and NASCAR. The PBA joins that group.
Earlier Thursday, the PBA Tour’s final major, the USBC Masters, was postponed. It was set to begin on March 24.