‘Curling Night in America’ heads to California in 2020
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena in Irvine, California, United States, will host its first major international curling competition, “Curling Night in America” in August 2020. The event has taken place six previous times in partnership with USA Curling, NBC Sports Network, the World Curling Federation and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
It will be the first such event in the state of California, following competitions in North Carolina, Nebraska and Minnesota (four times). The event will feature four countries playing in three curling disciplines – women’s, men’s and mixed doubles. The countries and competing teams will be announced next year.
“It is truly exciting be taking what has become the ‘Curling Night in America’ road show to Orange County,” said Rick Patzke of USA Curling. “Great Park Ice will be a terrific partner to work with, and the opportunities to continue to grow this Olympic and Paralympic sport in the area are endless.”
The 2020 event will take place at Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, a 280,000-square-foot multi-purpose ice facility featuring four ice rinks, pro shop, full-service restaurant and seating for 2,500 at FivePoint Arena.
“We are excited to host this terrific event and showcase our new facility to a national audience,” said Art Trottier, Vice President of The Rinks, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena. “The facility is home to many ice sport disciplines and we look forward to hosting our first major curling event.”
ABOUT GREAT PARK ICE & FIVEPOINT ARENA
An affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is one of the nation’s largest public ice facilities, located at the Orange County Great Park. The facility is a part of a public-private partnership with the Irvine Ice Foundation. The $100 million, 280,000-square-foot facility has four sheets of ice and serves sports-related activities that include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and public skating hours. FivePoint Arena has space to seat 2,500 spectators. The complex includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, training facilities, retail space, and concession space. Great Park Ice is an official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks.