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Halifax, Canada to host Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2015

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Canadian Curling Association (CCA) announced today that Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada will host the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in 2015.

The Championship will take place between 28 March and 5 April 2015 at the 10,500-seat Halifax Metro Centre - the first time the world men’s championship will have ever been played in the province.

“We are delighted to be returning to the province of Nova Scotia for a World Curling Championship, the first since the World Junior Men’s Curling Championship was held in Dartmouth in 1986,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness. “The World Curling Federation, Canadian Curling Association and our partner Ford of Canada are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best men’s curling teams back to Canada after witnessing an extremely exciting men’s World Championship in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2013. We invite curling fans from around the world join us in Halifax and experience one of the highlights of the 2015 curling season.”

CCA Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw added: “Halifax has delivered the goods in the past when it comes to hosting CCA Season of Champions curling events, and I see no reason why the 2015 Ford Worlds would be any different. The Halifax Metro Centre is an outstanding facility, and the volunteer groups always rise to the occasion to make these events memorable.”

“Ford of Canada is honoured to be title sponsor of the 2015 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship,” said Sarah Rae, Partnerships and Events Manager for Ford Motor Co. of Canada. “At Ford we are proud of our 20-year partnership with the Canadian Curling Association, and events like this are a perfect opportunity to bring our joint commitment to community and sport to the world stage. On behalf of Ford, I want to thank the City of Halifax, the host committee and all the volunteers who we know will make this event a great success.”

It will be Canada’s 22nd opportunity to host the World Men’s Championship, and the fourth time it will be played in Atlantic Canada.

Moncton, N.B., hosted in 2009 (won by Scotland’s David Murdoch) and 1980 (won by Canada’s Rick Folk), while Saint John, N.B. hosted in 1999 (won by Scotland’s Hammy McMillan).

“We’re extremely proud that the WCF and CCA have decided that Halifax should play host to the 2015 Ford World Men’s Championship,” said Mat Harris, who along with brother Graham Harris will serve as co-chairs of the Host Committee. “Our city’s curling volunteers and fans can’t wait for the opportunity to show our hospitality to the world’s best curling teams.”

Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage, welcomed the news. He said: “Halifax is a curling town with a proud tradition of welcoming competitive curlers and filling stands with enthusiastic fans. The Ford World Men’s Championship is a wonderful opportunity for our city and its people to play host to athletes and visitors from around the globe.”

“Nova Scotians have a proven track record of hosting successful events, and in 2015, we will welcome participants and curling fans with our renowned hospitality and good cheer,” said Michel Samson, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Events like this are one way we can boost tourism and our provincial economy, and we’re pleased to be a supporter.”

“With our long history of successful events, the Halifax Metro Centre offers a perfect backdrop for the Ford World Curling Championship,” said Scott Ferguson, President and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages the Metro Centre. “We look forward to working with the World Curling Federation, the Canadian Curling Association and the local host committee to make 2015 a memorable experience for the athletes, organisers and fans.”

Tickets for the 2015 Ford World Men’s Championship will go on sale later this year. Check www.curling.ca/tickets for updated information.

The 2014 World Men’s Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, will be staged in Beijing, China, March 29-April 6. You can find out more information about this event here: http://www.wmcc2014.curlingevents.com

Meanwhile the 2014 Ford World Women’s Championship, presented by Booster Juice, is scheduled for March 15-23 at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B. Find out more information about this event here: http://www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en

The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan between 14-22 March 2015.

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