Curling Championship Set For South Bend

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Visit South Bend Mishawaka says the competition will include approximately 160 participants. Visit South Bend Mishawaka says the competition will include approximately 160 participants.

The city of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame’s Compton Family Ice Arena will host the 2017 USA Curling Arena National Championship. Visit South Bend Mishawaka estimates the five-day competition will have a nearly $280,000 economic impact.

The event is expected to include 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams.

“We are very confident that the hosting group led by Visit South Bend Mishawaka will continue to raise the bar for staging what has become our largest national championship in terms of the number of curlers competing. The men and women vying for the championship titles will no doubt find the Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame to be a great venue in terms of atmosphere as well as the quality of the playing conditions our ice makers will be able to provide,” CEO of USA Curling Rick Patzke said.

“The USA Arena Curling Championship was an event we have had our eyes on since 2012,” said Kevin Deeth, Programming and Instruction at Compton Family Ice Arena. “Our curling program has grown into a campus and community staple with over 30 teams and 130 people involved in our Sunday Night League and over 30 teams in our student league. Because of the growing demand, we felt bringing in a high level event like the Arena Curling Championship would be a great way to satisfy the desire for more curling in our community and representative of how far curling has come at the Compton.”

The competition will take place April 25-30, 2017.

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