large corporate groups since it opened three
years ago—Brooklyn Bowl. It rose to the top
in her selection process because of the energy
and the atmosphere.
In a nutshell, Brooklyn Bowl, which at
82,000 square feet is the largest freestanding
event venue outside a hotel or night club in
the city, offers a lot of activities designed to
produce attendee energy, according to Erin
Ward, director of sales and events at Brooklyn Bowl. There is a 32-lane bowling alley that
backs up to a large performance area with a
stage where live music is performed nightly.
There’s a restaurant that serves the venue’s
original-recipe Blue Ribbon fried chicken and
a variety of other comfort foods.
The dining, bowling, dancing and concert
listening available on the ground ;loor is just
part of the equation, Fielman says.
The upstairs area at the venue, which
can handle private groups of up to 350 as a
self-contained area, offers a balcony overlooking the downstairs performance area, a
smaller meeting room that can handle groups
of 75-100 and a big outdoor patio for cocktail
events and networking sessions.
Even though Brooklyn Bowl can comfortably hold up to 3,000 for a complete buyout,
it was also a very comfortable ;it for Fielman’s
“It gave everyone room to spread out and
enjoy themselves,” she says.
One of the high points of energy at the
event was a concert by Andy Grammer and
his band. Grammer, whose 2015 hit “Honey,
I’m Good” ranked No. 9 on the Billboard Hot
100, is a certi;ied multi-platinum seller who
electri;ied a diverse audience that night. At-
tendees ranged in age from their 20s up into
“We had 500 or 600 people dancing,” Fiel-
man says. “I had 60-something-year-old peo-
ple dancing who I had never seen dancing at
a party before; these are people that I usually
see at jewelry industry events sitting at a qui-
et little table having a glass of white wine, and
they were out there dancing on the ;loor. Peo-
ple seemed to be having a really great time.”
In order to boost the energy even further,
Fielman and her team worked with a Canadi-
an company called PixMob that provided pro-
“I am a believer in things that shape the event for
the attendees—it’s really about energy and it’s about