Scotties release Old Classic ticket packages

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The most exciting part of co-chairing the Scotties host committee for Danielle Sicinski is bringing the games home.

“Being a female curler, it’s always a dream to play in the Scotties and to be able to bring it to your home city, I think, is pretty exciting,” she said. “As we saw with the Capital One Canada Cup, we had amazing crowds with that event and I think this one we’re going to have even bigger crowds for it and be that much more exciting.”

At a media conference at Mosaic Place on Thursday, Sicinski, along with Glenn Hagel, the other co-chair of the host committee, announced the release of the Old Classic ticket package for Canada’s women’s curling championship set for Feb. 14 to 22, 2015 at Mosaic Place.

For $349, the package includes a guaranteed seat for all 22 draws.

“The other packages probably won’t start coming out maybe until summertime or even a little bit later. The focus right now is just getting the whole event package sold,” said Sicinski.

She said probably around fall other packages, such as the weekender packages, would be available. Single tickets likely won’t be available until closer to the date of the start of the tournament.

“When it comes to these (Old Classic) packages, I mean every seat in the house is available right now and you get that seat for the whole 22 draws,” said Sicinski. “If there’s a spot in the house that you want, you better get your tickets fast.”

Every ticket includes admission to the HeartStop Lounge, located in the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre next door to Mosaic Place. Between and during draws, the lounge will have food, beverages and music. There will also be personal interviews and team autograph sessions with athletes.

Sicinski said there would be a call for volunteers on Feb. 10 on the website, curling.ca. People will be able to sign up to volunteer with their top four choices. She estimated the event would need between 500 and 600 volunteers.

Hagel said new this year is a shuttle bus service to get fans to Mosaic Place from participating hotels. So far, three hotels have signed on — Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Comfort Inn and Grant Hall.

He added the economic impact for the city is estimated around $8 million.

“We see it as not only a very, very important major national event, but we also see it as one that helps Moose Jaw define its ability to be the host of national, international events to build on our strength as a tourism and hosting city,” said Hagel.

He said the event has an appeal to more than curling fans because it’s seen as a “major event.” Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada with curling as an official sport.

“There are literally thousands and thousands of people in Saskatchewan, in the Moose Jaw area, who have watched faithfully the Scotties over the years and have thought, ‘Oh, it would be so neat to be able to go,’” said Hagel. “As a matter of fact it’s going to be really easy to go to the Scotties in 2015 because the Scotties are coming to them.”

He said he is most excited about having the top female curlers in Canada coming to Moose Jaw.

“I’m not a curler myself, but I am a curling fan and my wife and I, we’re some of those people that have faithfully watched the Scotties over the years and so my wife … got the tickets,” said Hagel.

For tickets, visit curling.ca/tickets or call the Mosaic Place box office at 306-624-2050. For more information on the shuttle bus service, visit curling.ca/2015Scotties-en/.

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Organizations: Capital One, Comfort Inn

Geographic location: Canada, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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