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Thursday, November 3, 2016

REGINA TO HOST 2018 TIM HORTONS BRIER

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.”


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it! Its gonna be a fantastic time for all our curling party animals in the city and province! It would be wonderful if the world's best anchorman can drop into town for some play-by-play - Mr. Ron Burgundy.

Anonymous said...

And in a totally "unrelated" announcement the Pats will not be hosting the 2018 Memorial Cup.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope the police have 100 members checking every fan's BAC as they exit the gardens with these new tighter .04-.08 January 1, 2017 laws.

Anonymous said...

There you go the City of Regina would rather having curling than hockey. No Mem Cup now. Shame on the City, bloody well pathetic.

dboe said...

To the last anonymous poster, I am just curious what the city should have told the Brier bid committee who have been working hard on this for the last three years? That includes the support (financial, proposal and bid help, busing services, facility lease negotiations, etc.) from organizations such as the city, province, Regina Hotels Association, Tourism Regina, Economic Development Regina and numerous others.

"Sorry for all you have done on the bid for the last three years, and I know we supported and endorsed it, but there's been a change and we have decided to go after the Memorial Cup instead"

We can and will host both the Brier and the Memorial Cup, and I look forward very much to both.