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Great opportunities to host curling events in 2018 and 2019

Curl BC would like to thank all the curling centres that have hosted 2017 championship events.

There have already been so many memorable moments built around these events and the host committees have made that possible. Thank you!

Curl BC is now looking for curling centres who would like to create memories in 2018.

How would you like to inspire your centre’s junior curlers? Or would you like to be entertained by the best curling in the province? Those aspirations could become a reality. There are lots of reasons to host a BC championship, including:

  • Increased community awareness of curling and your facility
  • Opportunity for member development – such as officiating and statistician courses
  • Opportunities for members to earn credit for officiating and statistician hours to become eligible to work at national and international events
  • Opportunity to improve facility’s ice, with help from Curl BC’s ice technicians
  • A stepping stone for the facility to host future/lucrative national and international events (Scotties, Brier, Continental Cup, etc.)
  • Opportunity to build team spirit with your members and volunteers.

Curl BC is still looking to confirm eight host sites for 2018 events:

  •  The 2018 BC Junior Curling Championships
  •  The 2018 Scotties BC Women’s Championship, presented by Best Western
  •  The 2018 BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship
  •  The 2018 BC Senior Curling Championships
  •  The 2018 BC U18 Curling Championships
  •  The 2018 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship
  •  The 2018 BC Mixed Curling Championship
  •  The 2018 BC Masters Curling Championships

Curl BC would be happy to hear from anyone who is able to host any of the remaining 2018 events. We are also accepting applications to host 2019 events – but the successful applicants won’t be decided until after the June 1, 2017, deadline. All nine of our 2019 championship events are still up for grabs. Visit https://www.curlbc.ca/host-a-curl-bc-event/ for more information.

If your curling centre is interested in hosting an event that has national reach, Curling Canada is also looking for 2019 host sites.

Bids are being accepted for the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier, the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup and the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup, in addition to all other Canadian championship curling events.

“It’s been proven time and time again that cities hosting Curling Canada events come out the big winner, in terms of economic impact, tourism exposure and the lasting legacy of our championships,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “The bidding process will be competitive, fair and transparent, and we’re looking forward to working with the winning host cities once the process is done.”

According to data collected by the Canadian Sport Tourism Association, the Tim Hortons Brier generates between $11 and $15 million in economic activity for a host city, while the Scotties Tournament of Hearts generates between $6 million and $12 million.

That’s in addition to the minimum 66 hours of national television exposure for the host city during those events while they’re being broadcast on TSN/RDS, and national coverage from other media outlets, including print, online and television.

“Brandon has had a long and rewarding history of hosting curling events of every size,” said Rick Chrest, Mayor of Brandon, Man., which hosted a highly successful 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup in December. “It’s been great for our economy, great for the sport and most of all great for developing a wonderful culture of hosting, volunteering and fostering community pride.”

Other events available for bidding include:

  • The 2019 Canadian Junior Championships
  • The 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Championship
  • The 2019 Everest Canadian Senior Championships
  • The 2019 Canadian Mixed (four-player) Championship
  • The 2019 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship
  • The 2019 USPORT-Curling Canada Canadian University Championships

Interested host cities have until April 30 to submit a letter of interest to Curling Canada, and full application packages will be due by June 30.

The winning cities will be notified in confidence by no later than Sept. 30, with public announcements of the winning bids taking place later in the fall.

You can find information on each of the championships, as well as more information on the bidding process, by visiting http://www.curling.ca/championships/bid-documents-for-curling-canada-championships/.

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