Welcome to Fabulous: Curling in Las Vegas

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The 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 is headed to Las Vegas, Nevada from 31 March to 8 April and we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know to take advantage of the event if you’re in town — or learn about curling in Las Vegas if you can’t make it but still want to know what’s going on in that city of twinkling lights in the desert.

This is not the first time Vegas has played host to curling – but it is the first time the World Curling Federation has held a world championship in Vegas. In 2014 Las Vegas drew a crowd of 51,215 curling fans to watch the World Financial Group (WFG) Continental Cup. That same competition was again hosted in Las Vegas in 2016 and 2017.

“What’s not exciting about curling going to Vegas?” said Niklas Edin, the recent Olympic silver medal winning skip from Sweden. “We’ve been there three times for the Continental Cup. It’s in the same venue. It’s always really nice to play there. They put up a great show. It’s almost perfect ice conditions.”

The only tricky part for players is making sure they don’t get caught up in the fun of Sin City — until after the competition.

“If you can still focus on the curling,” says Edin, “you couldn’t choose a better spot to be in.”
It is not only elite curling that’s taking off in the city, grassroots curling is growing too – even though Vegas is in the middle of the desert, a local curling scene is emerging.

What started as a bonspiel on arena ice in 2011 has become a full-fledged curling club with learn-to-curl events at least once a week during the regular season — and three times a week to keep up with the demand in March 2018 following the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea..

“We get a lot of families, a lot of singles who want to meet new people,” says founder Nick Kitinski. “After the Olympics people wanted to try it out.”

It’s not just Vegas locals who are hitting the ice, but people from out of town who want to try curling on their vacation.

“We get a lot of out-of-towners,” says Kitinski. “People come from other cities if they couldn’t get into a learn-to-curl in their town. When they come to Vegas they take it with us.”

He says they regularly host bachelor and bachelorette parties and recently had a group of tourists who rented the entire arena for a private session. “We just see a lot of variety,” says Kitinski. “People just want to try something new and exciting.”

Even though Vegas is famous for its casinos and luxury events, this host city offers more than just the typical for visitors to get involved in if they’re looking for a break in the curling.

For starters, there’s the popular Downtown Container Park where shoppers can browse boutique stores and foodies can explore different eats and treats.

The more adventurous visitors can take a day trip by helicopter to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon or try the Sky Jump — an 829 foot drop on a controlled zip line from the top of the Stratosphere.

Or, if you’re looking for a little reality TV action, you can visit Gold and Silver Pawn, made famous in the show Pawnstars.

Of course, if you want to play it classic, Las Vegas has a never-ending slate of shows, parties, hotels and high-end stores to check out. Don’t forget to catch those fountains at the Bellagio!

But one thing is for sure, being that this is the first time the World Curling Federation has officially hosted an event in Vegas, it is one that will be remembered. Get your tickets now to enjoy everything the event has to offer and be sure to support your favorite athletes on social media.

Let the games begin!

To engage with the World Curling Federation on social media in the build to the World Men's Curling Championship 2018 follow it on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and use the hashtags when posting: #WMCC2018 #curling