Kalamazoo to host 2010 U.S. National Championships

Nov. 17, 2008, 10:26 a.m. (ET)
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been selected to host the 2010 USA Curling National Championships. Kalamazoo beat out bids from St. Paul, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis.

"USA Curling is excited about the opportunity to partner with Kalamazoo on the staging of the 2010 National Championships. During two separate site visits, we were impressed with the bid support and excitement shown from so many different sources in the city. Kalamazoo beat out another bid from one of the strongholds of curling in this country-St. Paul-which says a lot," said Rick Patzke, chief operating officer of USA Curling.

"From what we've seen so far, though, if Kalamazoo really gets behind this, there is huge potential for these to be the best curling championships ever held in the United States, especially with the event coming just days after the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics. We are truly looking forward to help Kalamazoo rock in more ways than one," Patzke said.

The 2010 U.S. National Championships will be held March 6-13 just weeks after the conclusion of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"This event will not only have a significant impact on our facility, but also our community," said Wings Stadium President Paul L. Rickard. "The national recognition and the excitement that will come with this event, especially being held right after the 2010 Winter Olympics, will put us in the spotlight."

Built in 1974, Wings Stadium is home to the Kalamazoo Wings of the United Hockey League. The building capacity is 8,023 with seating capacity for hockey at 5,113. Wings Stadium features four full-service concession stands with two specialty bars located at concourse level, according to the stadium's website.

Curling was added to the Wings Stadium in 2007 and is home to the Kalamazoo Curling Club (http://www.kalamazoocurlingclub.com/).

"We are extremely excited to host the 2010 USA Curling National Championships," said Greg Ayers, president of the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitor Bureau. "This event adds to the resume of great sport events held in Kalamazoo. Wings Stadium will be a terrific venue for our visitors from throughout the country."

Stadium Management Company owns the Wings Stadium Complex and the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team. The Wings Stadium Complex is comprised of three buildings; Wings Stadium seats more than 5,100 fans for K-Wings home games and more than 8,000 people for concerts and other stage events. The Annex seats 1,367 for ice events and can seat up to 2,850 for non-ice events such as car, boat, and trade shows. The Cube is the newer of the three facilities, that plays host to both ice and non-ice events. All three buildings are available for rental and feature numerous catering and meeting opportunities.