Omaha handed North American leg of Curling World Cup
The World Curling Federation, United States Curling Association and Omaha Sports Commission can confirm that the Ralston Arena, in Omaha, Nebraska, United States will host the North American leg of the new Curling World Cup.
Omaha will host the second stop in the four leg series, which will run from 5 to 9 December 2018, in the first season.
Another major milestone is reached in the implementation of the new series, with this being the first venue to be revealed for the Curling World Cup.
World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said: “Following the United States’ men’s gold medal success at the Olympic Winter Games, and with a fast-growing interest in our sport from people new to curling in the United States, having Omaha host a leg of our Curling World Cup is a significant step for the series.
“The World Curling Federation is pleased to reach this milestone and over the coming months looks forward to working with the organising committee to ensure an impressive event in December.”
The Ralston Arena, which opened in 2012, is a 4,000 seater venue in Ralston, which is a suburb of Omaha, in Nebraska. It is the home of the United States Hockey League team, Omaha Lancers and the Champions Indoor Football side Omaha Beef. www.ralstonarena.com
Josh Todd, Omaha Sports Commission President and Executive Director said: “The Omaha Sports Commission is very pleased to bring another international sports competition to Omaha. The 2018 Winter Olympics showcased the sport of curling like never before, and the U.S. men’s gold medal performance has significantly raised public interest in the sport.
“Bringing the World Curling Federation’s Curling World Cup to Omaha will further strengthen Omaha’s reputation as a great city to host international competition, and we look forward to offering curling fans around the country a chance to see the best teams in the world compete in Omaha.”
Donna Kush, Omaha Sports Commission Board of Directors Chair, said: “Last year the Omaha community demonstrated tremendous support for the U.S. Olympic Curling Team Trials and Curling Night in America. As a result, we continue to enhance our reputation as a premier sports destination and draw more interest from organisations who know our community will enthusiastically embrace their sports and athletes.”
Omaha and the United States Curling Association will be guaranteed a place on the Curling World Cup schedule for the first four years.
Chief Executive Officer for the United States Curling Association, Rick Patzke, said: “The Curling World Cup has a ton of potential, and we appreciate the WCF’s confidence in allowing us to host the first-ever North American leg in the United States.
“I can’t think of a better city for this than Omaha, given the healthy public and private partnerships that were so evident during the wildly successful hosting of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling and NBC’s ‘Curling Night in America’ last year. It will be good to be back in Omaha.”
The remaining venues are expected to be announced shortly.
The event dates for 2018-2019 are:
- China: 10-16 September
- Ralston Arena: Omaha, United States: 5-9 December
- Europe: 28 January-3 February
- Beijing China: 6-12 May
In other developments, the World Curling Federation has appointed Germany’s Uli Kapp – a World silver and European gold medallist – as the Curling World Cup Sport Manager.
It has also hired Ghostwhite as the Curling World Cup web developer and The Stats Zone / Acuity as its media partner for the series.
You can follow the work of the World Curling Federation on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) and by searching the hashtag #curling
Notes to Editors
About the Ralston Arena – www.ralstonarena.com
About USA Curling – www.teamusa.org/usa-curling
The United States Curling Association is the National Governing Body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States. The organisation, which won its first Olympic gold medal in 2018, boasts a historic-high of 22,500 members and has member clubs in 43 of 50 U.S. states.
About Omaha Sports Commission – www.omahasports.org/
The Omaha Sports Commission (OSC) was created in 2003 to transform Omaha into one of the premier U.S. cities hosting major sporting events. The OSC has served as the local host organisation for the past three U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming (2008, 2012 and 2016), 2013 U.S Figure Skating National Champions, 2015 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix and many other sports events. This past year the Omaha Sports Commission hosted two major curling events — the 2017 Curling Night in America and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling. As the second stop of the Curling World Cup series, the Omaha Sports Commission and Omaha metro area are very excited to welcome the World Curling Federation and all competing athletes. Omaha’s stop of the Curling World Cup will take place at Ralston Arena on December 5-9, 2018.
- United States supporters during the Olympic Winter Games men’s gold medal game in Gangneung – © WCF / Michael Burns
- United States’ John Landsteiner and Tyler George at the Olympic Winter Games – © WCF / Richard Gray