Wednesday 29 March 2017
There are no shortage of household curling names who come from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – this year’s host city of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.
Some of the sports’ best stem from the city. Randy Ferbey, a four time world champion, Kevin Martin, 2010 Olympic gold medalist and Kevin Koe, a two time world champion contribute to the some of the world’s finest teams.
It’s no surprise the Canadian city of 900,000 has not only one of the most in-depth curling fields in the world, but also holds historic records of hosting outstanding curling events. In a province that doesn’t hand out a provincial jacket easily, it creates a fan-base for the sport unlike any others.
If history should hold true, there won’t be many empty seats at the Northlands Coliseum which holds just under 17,000 seats. The venue previously known as the Rexall Place has attendance crushing records with 184,970 spectators in at the men’s world championship 2007, 281,985 for the Tim Hortons Brier in 2005 and 175,852 for the Olympic trials in 2009. Not to mention Edmonton has yet to host the men’s world championship in the last ten years. That combination can only mean one thing – an audience that is ready to rock.
For the athletes? Expect the teams representing 12 Member Associations to put on a series of tight, last-stone thrillers, as this event marks their last opportunity to earn Olympic qualifying points for next years’ 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.
“We all know about Edmonton’s legendary passion for championship curling events such as the Ford Worlds, ours is a city that loves sport and curling is one of the sports that draw large crowds,” said Maggie Davison, Vice President of Edmonton Tourism.
“By hosting major events such as the Ford Worlds, we are building Edmonton’s brand and reputation as a great host city and place to visit,” Davison continued.
“We are excited for the opportunity for Edmonton to host the Ford Worlds Curling Championship. We are proud of our strategic partnership with the City of Edmonton – Edmonton Events – and the work that has gone in by all parties to bring this championship to life.”
Teams representing the world's top men's curling nations will be competing at the World Curling Federation's (WCF) Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2017 (WMCC) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from Saturday 1 until Sunday 9 April.
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will produce extensive live coverage for broadcasters around the world. Broadcast partners for the event include TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec), CCTV-5 China, La Chaine Equipe France, NHK Japan, TVP Poland, MatchTV Russia, RTS, SRF and RSI Switzerland, NBC and UniversalHD in the USA and the Olympic Channel.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
Live broadcast coverage may be geo-blocked in your region. For all broadcast information visit, www.worldcurling.org/broadcast
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by Emily Dwyer, feature writer