The upcoming Capital One Canada Cup Moose Jaw 2012 at Mosaic Place is expected to draw more than 35,000 people.
“Canada’s best men’s and women’s curling teams will battle on the ice to … represent Canada at the next Olympic games,” said Danielle Sicinski, host committee chair for the Canada Cup of Curling to council during Monday’s meeting. “Ticket sales are going really well and we’re very optimistic Mosaic Place will experience capacity crowds.”
After Sicinski and Rob Dewhirst, event manager for the Canada Cup from the Canadian Curling Association addressed council, council voted to approve a community partner grant to the Canadian Curling Association in the amount of $9,000 in funding to support the event. The source of funding will be the miscellaneous sports third party funding. The city will receive many benefits in exchange for the grant, including promotional rights and advertisements at the Canada Cup.
The Canada Cup will be held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 at Mosaic Place. It will be the second time the Canada Cup has been held in Saskatchewan with the first in Yorkton in 2009.
Mayor Glenn Hagel moved to approve the grant. There will be more than 14 hours of live TV coverage on TSN of the men’s and women’s semi-finals and finals.
“It’s an opportunity for the Moose Jaw curling community to establish credentials for the possibility of seeking other national or international curling kind of events down the road,” said Hagel. “So it’s a very important event from that point of view, not just the event here but looking down the road as well.”
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.