Canadians love curling. They love to play the game. They love to watch the game.
Now, we are going to be able to watch more curling than ever before, thanks to Sportsnet!
Back in August 2012, curling fans were delighted to hear that Sportsnet had purchased the Grand Slam of Curling. With this announcement, we were assured that we would continue to see many of the best teams from around the world battle it out for cash prizes in communities across the country. So far this season, the Grand Slam has made stops in Brantford, Kelowna and Port Hawkesbury. But this spring, we can truly say that there is going to be curling in the heart of Hogtown!
The last event of the Grand Slam of Curling, The Players’ Championship, will be played out at Mattamy Athletic Centre (the former Maple Leaf Gardens) in the middle of downtown Toronto. This ice facility, which seats just over 2500, is the new home of the Ryerson Rams. But from April 16-21, 2013, it is being transformed into a curling venue that will play host to 30 of the best men’s and women’s curling teams from around the world. Take the subway to College station and it is just a block away to see the cream of the crop duke it out for a $200,000 prize purse and CTRS points. Ticket packages are now available for sale; just click here to get to Sportsnet’s Grand Slam of Curling website.
Goldline is very happy to be associated with the Grand Slam series: if you’ve seen TV coverage or attended one of the events, you will see that all the volunteers and crew are sporting our OSLO jackets.
But Sportsnet has not limited its interest in curling to just the Grand Slam events. In November, Sportsnet announced it had signed a 10-year agreement for exclusive Canadian coverage of the Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario provincial championships beginning this season, and British Columbia as well, starting next year. They will be delivering the men’s and women’s championship events on television, online and for mobile platforms.
When you add it all up, Sportsnet will be carrying over 200 hours of curling action this season which should be enough to satisfy all the couch potatoes out there! And Kristi Petrushchak, Manager of Grand Slam of Curling, at Sportsnet, says, “We are continuing to look at adding more curling coverage to our schedule”.
Sportsnet: keep up the great work!