There will be a distinctively green flavour to the Tim Hortons Brier in approximately 17 months.
The 2018 Canadian Men’s Curling Championship will be staged at the Brandt Centre in Regina from March 3-11, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
“Curling’s roots go deep in the province of Saskatchewan, and based on past history, I have no doubt that the city of Regina will embrace the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier,” said Peter Inch, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “The Tim Hortons Brier is the world’s most famous curling championship, and Regina is in for a memorable nine days of thrilling action, on and off the ice.”
The Brandt Centre, part of the Evraz Place complex, is home to the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats. The arena also has a significant history of hosting major curling events — most recently, the 2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, won by Canada’s Jeff Stoughton. This 6,000-seat arena with executive skyboxes and full-service concessions regularly hosts large sporting events, concerts, championship curling, award shows, conventions and trade shows.
The Tim Hortons Brier has been played at the Brandt Centre twice — in 2006 (won by Quebec’s Jean-Michel Ménard) and 1992 (won by Manitoba’s Vic Peters). Previous Regina-hosted Briers took place in 1976 (the memorable victory by Newfoundland/Labrador’s Jack MacDuff) and 1955 (equally memorable as Garnet Campbell of Avonlea and his three brothers won Saskatchewan’s first Brier title).
Other major past events at the Brandt Centre include the 2008 and 1998 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the 2002 World Financial Group Continental Cup, the 2001 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials and the 1983 World Men’s Championship (won by Canada’s Ed Werenich). The 1973 World Men’s Championship also was played in Regina (won by Sweden’s Kjell Oscarius).
“We are thrilled to have the Tim Hortons Brier return to Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “Our city loves curling, but this event has a very special history in our community and I know there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and excitement when the brooms and rocks start flying.”
“Saskatchewan people are the most avid curling fans on the planet, and our renowned brand of hospitality will make it a Brier to remember,” added Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison. “The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier will bring visitors to our province who will contribute to our economy by shopping at stores, dining at restaurants, and staying in hotels.”