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In a move announced Thursday, the PBA League will change locations and be held without fans next month.
Previously scheduled to take place at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the event will now take place Sept. 26-30 at a Bowlero center in Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
The new host location in Centreville will allow the PBA League players to compete in a safe environment - limited to athletes, managers, and essential staff only, with no fans on site, the PBA wrote in a news release.
The PBA League has thrived in recent years in Portland thanks in part to the rambunctious fans at Bayside Bowl. The PBA announced the event will return there in 2021.
“This was an extremely tough decision given the inextricable link between the PBA League and Bayside Bowl, and the strong desire for things to feel normal,” Bayside Bowl proprietor Charlie Mitchell said in the release. “We tried to come up with a safe way to host the event, but given safety concerns, social distancing guidelines and occupancy limits, there is no way to recreate the BoPo atmosphere with fans this year.”
One other question surrounding the PBA League has been whether or not international players will be able to travel to compete.
At least one of those questions was answered Thursday night when PBA superstar Jason Belmonte tweeted he had received clearance to travel to compete in upcoming events.
After a difficult time organising my athlete visa (trying since April) and applying for permission from the Australian government to leave Aussie shores. I have all the documents needed to travel for any @PBATour events coming this year. #letsgo #iwanttobowl #tellmewheretogoPBA— Jason Belmonte (@JBelmo) August 21, 2020
The race to capture the Elias Cup will begin with a seeding round on Sept. 26 starting at 10 a.m. broadcast live exclusively on FloBowling, followed by 12 hours of live competition on FS1. The TV schedule is as follows:
- PBA Elias Cup: Anthony Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, Sept. 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1
- PBA Elias Cup: Carter Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
- PBA Elias Cup: Anthony Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
- PBA Elias Cup: Carter Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
- PBA Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
- PBA Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
International viewers will be able to watch every round live on FloBowling.