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Sponsors, owners pleased with bowling alley

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 6:00 AMDavina Henry
Entertainer and music producer Leftside tries his hand at bowling during the launch of the Jamzone Bowling Alley, Manor Centre recently.
(From left) Mitchell Watson, marketing manager Pepsi, Red Stripe's Ellisse Campbell and Gavin Williams, operations manager at Jamzone Bowling Alley, were spotted during the launch of the Jamzone Bowling Alley, recently at the Manor Centre. 
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Bowling has become a favourite pastime for many persons across the globe, and local lovers of the game have had to travel overseas in order to indulge in the exciting gaming experience.

Now, families and friends can bowl at home since Jamaica has joined the ranks of international countries to open its very first bowling alley, JamZone.

The new entertainment facility, developed by Alley Cat Entertainment Limited, had its official launch on Tuesday, June 9. Specially invited guests explored all that the alley had to offer and were impressed by its innovation.

"Isn't this an amazing facility?" remarked marketing manager of Pepsi Mitchell Watson, who has joined forces with JamZone to partner in the new recreational spot. According to Watson, the bowling alley boasts all the First-World elements that we want, with all the laid-back comforts that children and family will love. "A facility like JamZone will add another dimension to the entertainment and social landscape in Jamaica. We (Pepsi) are happy to be part of this amazing venture and wish the organisers every success."

 

state-of-the-art bowling alley

 

Under the theme 'Bowl, Eat, and Play,' JamZone features a state-of-the-art bowling alley, a bistro-style restaurant known as 'Lucky Strike Lounge', as well as a video game arcade called 'Buzzers', designed for the entire family.

Red Stripe has also hopped on board, partnering with the Lucky Strike Lounge. The bar and lounge area available for adults to enjoy cocktails and delicious dishes, all while watching their family and friends bowl or game.

Minister Damion Crawford, who spoke at the launch, congratulated management for taking a step in the right direction "Naturally, diversity creates excitement. Diversified products can be offered within the entertainment facilities, and investments made will create entrepreneurial activities and jobs. On a more personal note, men should see this entertainment spot as a good dating zone," he remarked.

The 12-lane bowling alley appeals to both the young and young at heart, and JamZone representative Gavin Williams was very elated and proud to be a part of the venture.

"JamZone provides a place where families, friends, and co-workers can get away from the realities we face every day."

Adding to the excitement is the 5D simulator. According to Tyrone Williams, the reception to the simulator has been tremendous.

"It's something the entire family cam enjoy. It's innovative entertainment. The majority of Jamaicans are accustomed to 3D, which is about visual effects. The fifth dimension deals more with movement. It actually feels like you're inside the movie," he told The Sunday Gleaner.

JamZone is open Mondays to Thursdays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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