Calgary to host Tim Hortons Brier in 2015
Will be finale of Canadian Curling Association's new Triple Crown series
The Tim Hortons Brier will be held at Calgary's ScotiabankSaddledome in 2015, the finale of a new Triple Crown series unveiled Wednesday by the Canadian Curling Association.
The Triple Crown will start with the 2014 Canada Cup, set for Dec. 3-7 at the Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta. It will be followed by the WFG Continental Cup from Jan. 8-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre International Arena in Calgary and the series will be capped by the 2015 Brier from Feb. 28-March 8.
It will be the fourth time the national men's curling championship will be contested at the Saddledome and the seventh time it will be staged in Calgary.
"We couldn't be happier to bring these three major curling events to Alberta," CCA chief executive officer Greg Stremlaw said in a release. "Curling fans all over the province have proven time and time again that they support and love our sport, and they will be treated to some amazing curling during the Triple Crown."
The Saddledome has hosted the Brier in 1997, 2002 and 2009. Calgary also played host in 1948, 1961 and 1980.
The 2015 event will be the first time the Brier will feature both a Team Canada entry and a pair of entries from a pre-qualifying round. The 2014 Brier will be held in Kamloops, B.C.
The CCA also announced Wednesday that it will take over sole operation and decision-making for future editions of the Continental Cup. It was formerly a joint collaboration between the CCA, World Curling Federation and USA Curling.
The CCA will take control following the 2014 competition, set for Jan. 16-19 in Las Vegas.