In a college town, saving money is always on the mind of students. Few activities can be enjoyed for $5, but Auburn students now have a new student-only special to take advantage of.
The AMF Lanes in Auburn now are hosting college night on Tuesdays for just $5. Students can bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight and enjoy the full bar of food and beverages. For participants 21 years and older, AMF offers pitchers of beer for $10.
All 24 lanes at the recently renovated AMF are occupied on Tuesday nights and before 9 p.m. the line waiting to get the college night special is out the door.
Auburn students enjoy the refreshing change of pace that bowling provides. “My friends and I come every week and we love it,” said senior Ryan Anthony. “We really just like getting out and doing something besides going downtown for once. In Auburn you do not have many options every night so we take the opportunity every Tuesday for just $5.”
According to the website for the Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people across the world. The sport was invented in Europe around 300 A.D. and became a popular subject of gambling. Because of the relationship to gambling, it was outlawed in Connecticut in 1841, but since then bowling has rose to national prominence.
AMF is located at 719 Opelika Highway at the corner of Dean Road and Opelika Highway. The lanes recently underwent renovations to the parking lot and the interior of the building. New flat screen monitors hang over each of the 24 lanes, the flooring is all new and the bathrooms also underwent a makeover.
“We love coming on Tuesday nights,” said senior Stephen Bivins. “We get a group together and usually head up to the lanes around 8:30 p.m. to make sure we get a lane.”
In addition to the $5 all-you-can-bowl, the special includes discounted appetizers at the snack bar. The food includes pizza, chicken fingers, nachos and some dessert options like cinnamon roll bites.
“The food is really good,” said Anthony, “we always get some of the cinnamon bites, for just $4 they are hard to beat.”
Whether it is the cheap food, pitchers of beer, arcade games or bowling all night, the college night at AMF Lanes has something for every Auburn student. The popularity of Tuesday nights reinforces AMF’s slogan that, “we’re all bowlers”.