What Are the Dimensions of a Bowling Lane?


Quick Answer

Regulation-sized bowling lanes, including equipment, must be 86 feet 6 inches long and 5 feet wide. Walkways and buffer space are usually added around the alley.

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The distance from the foul line, where the ball is released, to the first pin is 60 feet. The length between the gutters is 41 inches. A 15-to-16-feet approach area before the foul line is required. Lanes are often built in pairs with seating behind the approach space. There is no regulation requirement for ceiling height; however, a ceiling of 10 feet or more is typical because many bowling alleys hang televisions above the lanes.

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