Conception Bay South will be at the centre of the curling world once again, as the Boost National – the third event of the 2019-20 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season – slides into town for the second year in a row next year. The world-class curling tournament is set to return to the CBS Arena December 10-15. The news was announced by Sportsnet on Tuesday.
The Boost National features the top 15 men’s and women’s curling teams from around the world. This includes the 2017 and 2018 Brier and 2017 World Curling champions, Team Gushue, as well as elite competitors from around the world. The 30 participating teams will compete in a round robin format, contending for a combined $250,000 purse and a berth in the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam event of the season.
“This event was a huge success in our Town last year, bringing in fans from all over the world and generating approximately $1.3 million in economic spin-offs regionally,” said Mayor Terry French. “Our community came alive with excitement and community spirit as fans cheered on their favourite teams, including our very own Team Gushue. We are beyond thrilled to host this amazing event again.”
Current Team Canada skip Brad Gushue echoed those sentiments. “We are very excited to hear that the Boost National is coming back to Conception Bay South,” said Gushue. “The crowds, hospitality and volunteers made it a huge success last year. It will definitely be a week we circle on our calendar.”
Rob Corte, Vice President of Sportsnet & NHL Productions said the passionate curling fan base and unmatched hospitality that the curlers and organizers experienced this past December was second to none. Ticket, sponsorship and volunteer information has not been announced. Mayor French said the Town expects to release more details soon. Full event ticket packages sold out in May of last year in just three days.