Cedar Rapids set to host 2015 Arena National Championships

By Terry Kolesar | Aug. 28, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
Aug. 28, 2014

Cedar Rapids selected to host 2015 Arena National Championships

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been selected to host the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships next summer.

This will mark the third time that the Arena Nationals, one of USA Curling’s newer events, will be staged. The event supports athletes across the U.S. who participate in league play utilizing arena curling facilities, which has created significant growth for the sport in the last decade. 

“Each of the three primary entities involved in the bid made a very convincing case for why the 2015 USA Curling Arena Nationals should be held in Cedar Rapids,” said Rick Patzke, interim chief executive officer for USA Curling. “We are confident that these partners and the entire City of Cedar Rapids will build upon the successes of the previous two hosts to make the 2015 championships a memorable experience for all who participate and attend.”

The event is set to take place July 16-19 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, which houses Olympic and NHL-sized ice rinks. The arena is home to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, a United States Hockey League franchise. The arena has hosted many sporting events over the years including national figure skating, wrestling, and horseshoe competitions.

 “The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to join the Cedar Rapids Curling Club in welcoming the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships to our city,” said Mary Lee Malmberg, director of sports tourism for the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Athletes and their families will find Cedar Rapids a great location for competition and pleasure. Transportation into Cedar Rapids is excellent and our regional airport is served by five major airlines. Interstate 380 and major highways provide convenient access to our city. Our hotels, restaurants and wide-range of entertainment options will add to the enjoyment of teams and spectators. Cedar Rapids is recognized for its hospitality and we will work hard to help make the 2015 Championships a success.”

Arena-based clubs now account for about 44 percent of USA Curling’s total membership in comparison to those sites that are curling-only facilities. The Cedar Rapids Curling Club is one of the association’s newer members after becoming established in 2012.

A field of 32 teams participated in the 2014 Arena Nationals, which took place in June in Lansing, Mich. Teams from USA Curling-member clubs across the U.S. competed with rinks from Kalamazoo (Mich.) and Broadmoor (Colorado Springs), Colo., winning the national titles. 

“The Cedar Rapids Curling Club is excited to host the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships,” said Lon Peper, president of the Cedar Rapids Curling Club. “We look forward to working with our partners, the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and USA Curling, to provide a top-quality, championship event. The first time I saw the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena when I moved here two years ago, I knew it would be an excellent site for a curling championship.  I am glad we were able to make that happen.  Cedar Rapids is a great city, and we look forward to hosting curlers from all across the country.”

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

About the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 
The Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CRACVB) is the area’s official destination management organization. The CRACVB is responsible for attracting new destination events to the community, providing service and support to existing and repeat events, providing comprehensive information to area visitors and helping drive decisions of future visitor product development. For more information about the CRACVB, visit www.cedar-rapids.com. 

For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715?344?1199, Ext. 202, or 608?338?9900 (cell).

Follow us on Facebook (search for USA Curling) and Twitter (@terry_usacurl). Be sure to visit the new USA Curling website at www.usacurl.org.