The Professional Bowlers Association is returning to where it all began 60 years ago.

Akron, which was home of the PBA headquarters from 1958-2000, will again be in the spotlight when historic AMF Riviera Lanes hosts the PBA Tournament of Champions Feb. 5-11 as part of the PBA’s 60th anniversary celebration.

When making the announcement, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark told PBA News the return to Riviera was “a dream come true.”

“As the PBA makes plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary, returning to one of the most famous settings for PBA competition was more than a goal. It was a dream come true,” Clark said.

The 40-lane center in Fairlawn was home of the tournament for 28 years (1966-94), providing some of the most memorable moments in PBA history.

The most famous sign in PBA history hung right on top of the front doors of Riviera. “Through these doors walk the greatest bowlers in the world.”

The greatest bowlers in the world have walked through the doors at Riviera, as only winners of a PBA event are invited to bowl in the Tournament of Champions.

However, the young stars that make up a lot of what the PBA is today will get their first look at one of the most historic bowling alleys in the United States.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 Tournament of Champions at our iconic AMF Riviera Lanes,” Colie Edison, chief customer officer for Bowlmor AMF, the owner of the Riviera Lanes, told PBA News. “It is an honor to be a part of this historic event and we look forward to seeing it played out at the venue where the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions began.”

Among the expected field of 96 PBA champions will be the defending champion of the tournament, E.J. Tackett, who was not even 2 years old when Riviera last hosted the prestigious event. He will be among the national tour title holders, who will have first option to enter the event. PBA50 and regional winners will be given the opportunity to fill any vacancies. Entry details will be announced at a later date.

Eddie Elias founded the PBA in Akron in 1958. The first PBA Tournament of Champions was held in Indianapolis in 1962, but was discontinued until 1965 when it eventually came to Riviera in 1966. That first show at Riviera, which was named the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions, was the first time the PBA’s long-standing “Pro Bowlers Tour” series was on ABC. The 1966 event was the first nationally televised sports event to include a corporate sponsor as part of its title.

The 60th anniversary event will conclude Feb. 11, with the live stepladder finals on ESPN.