Blocks of ice time (between two and three hours) are needed to start curling in league games. In addition, several hours of ice time is necessary to hold open houses or learn to curl classes to introduce members of the public to the sport. If you are currently associated with an ice facility seeking to add curling as a sport, you are one step ahead.
If you don’t currently have access to ice, you will need to start exploring ice availability in your community. Are there ice skating rinks with blocks of available ice time during evening or weekend hours? Does cost per hour vary from one location to another? Is one location more convenient to potential curlers? Many arena-based curling clubs operate in the summer months rather than the traditional curling season of October through March due to greater availability of ice time and less expensive hourly rates.
Long Island Curling Club during a league game