World men's curling championship coming to Halifax in 2015
First time championship will be held in Nova Scotia
Halifax will be the host city for the 2015 world men's curling championship, officials announced Tuesday.
The games will be staged in the 10,500-seat Halifax Metro Centre from March 28 to April 5. It's the first time the games have been held in Nova Scotia and the fourth in Atlantic Canada.
Bill Zarubiak, a curler at Mayflower Curling Club, celebrated the news.
"I think it's absolutely wonderful. We've hosted to big events in the past and I say keep them coming," he said Tuesday.
Jill Brothers is on Team Nova Scotia, which is heading to the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal this week.
"When we get to bring curling here it's really exciting because the fans come out [and] the party starts," she said.
"I get to see some friends from Sweden and Norway because they're usually on their championship team and they come over here and get to hang out. I get to see old buddies and watch awesome curling."
Halifax 'delivered the goods'
Nova Scotia has hosted large curling events before:
- The Tim Hortons Brier in Halifax in 2010, 2003 and 1995.
- The 1992 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
- The World Junior Men's Curling Championship in Dartmouth in 1986.
Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, said they were excited to be back in Nova Scotia.
"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," she said.
Greg Stremlaw, CEO of the Canadian Curling Association, said it would be a great event.
"Halifax has delivered the goods in the past," he said.
"The Halifax Metro Centre is an outstanding facility and the volunteer groups always rise to the occasion to make these events memorable."
Canada has captured 34 world championships since the men's event began in 1959, the latest coming in 2012 when Glenn Howard of Midland, Ont., won gold in Basel, Switzerland.