YARMOUTH – Yarmouth has been chosen to host the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in November 2016. The event, on the day of the announcement, was 586 days away, but already people can't wait for it to hurry and arrive.
Yarmouth was one of eight locations bidding for the event.
The announcement was made by the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association (YASTA) at the Mariners Centre on Tuesday, April 7, just days after another major curling event – the Ford World's Men's Championship – concluded in Halifax.
Although Arena 1 of the Mariners Centre was stripped down to its concrete surface on the day of the announcement, this won’t be the case Nov, 14-19, 2016.
Arena 1 will be converted into a curling rink for the six-day event, with the making of ice starting about a week in advance of this. The set-up will be similar to what is created for any major curling event, such as the Brier or Scotties. This will be the first time this event is held in an arena as opposed to inside a curling club.
Fourteen teams will take part in the competition, representing the 10 provinces and the territories.
The event is expected to sell a minimum of 500 room nights and create an economic impact of over $750,000. This is seen as a welcome boost to the hospitality industry during the shoulder season.
YASTA and the Yarmouth Curling Association submitted the bid for Yarmouth to host this event in January. It will be the first time Yarmouth has hosting a Canadian curling championship and it will be the third time the Canadian Mixed championship has been held in Nova Scotia. The Halifax Mayflower Club hosted the event in 2002 and in 1977.
Although the event is still a ways off, Rick Allwright, group sales manager for YASTA and president of the Yarmouth Curling Association, says there is a lot of work to do between now and then. He says it is also hoped hosting the event will help to further encourage the sport of curling locally and increase membership in the local club.
The bid for the event was submitted at the end of January. The bid was supported by the marketing promotions levy and the three local municipal units – the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth and the Municipality of Argyle.
It’s been estimated it would take about 150 volunteers to put on the tournament.
Most recently, the mixed nationals were held in North Bay, Ontario. Other recent hosts have included Ottawa and Mount Royal, Quebec. The 2015 championship will be held in Toronto Nov. 15-21.
This past year’s event in North Bay was the 52nd edition of the event, which was started in Toronto in 1964.
The winning team from this competition goes on to represent Canada at the World Mixed Curling Championship in early 2017.
That Yarmouth has been selected as the host of a major event once again proves that the area has a good reputation when it comes to hosting events.
Yarmouth is already on tap to host two other major events this year. In August it will hold the 2015 National Oldtimers Baseball Championship. At the time of last year’s announcement it was stated that a minimum of 32 teams are expected to attend and that around $1 million in economic spinoff will be generated.
In November, Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week is returning to Yarmouth after having been held here three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The event will run Nov. 5-8. A study from one of the years the event was held in the past stated for that year it generated around $1.2 million in economic activity.
In past years Yarmouth has also hosted the World Junior A Challenge, an international hockey tournament, twice and held the national Redwood Cup championship of Hockey Night in Canada's PlayOn!, a major road hockey tournament.