St. Catharines applies to host the 2020 Brier Championship

The Bring the Brier Bid Committee announced Monday Feb. 5/2018 that a bid applications is being submitted with the intent of bringing the 2020 Brier Men’s National Curling Championship to St. Catharines.

The championship would involve 16 teams, coaches, families and fans from across Canada.

A press release from the bid committee estimates that over 75,000 spectators along with 500+ volunteers and numerous media representatives would be descending on St. Catharines.

“It is estimated that there will be sixty-five hours of national television coverage on TSN, ‘Live from St. Catharines,’ with the final telecast attracting over 2.5 million viewers,” the release said.

“Through successful events, like the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the upcoming FIBA U18 Americas Championship, we have shown that St. Catharines’ Meridian Centre is a world class sports facility and we are an attractive destination for major tournaments,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik in the release.  “I’m confident in our bid and the committee and look forward to hosting the 2020 Brier in our hometown, St. Catharines.”

“Niagara Region has a strong history as a national hub for sporting events.” said Niagara Regional Chair, Alan Caslin. “Events like the 2021 Canada Summer Games, Scotties Tournament of Hearts and FIBA U18 Americas Championship build on that experience and bring national exposure to our region. The Brier in 2020 would be another key opportunity to show the world that Niagara is a winner when it comes to sports!”

“Here we go again, said Doug Geddie, Chair Bring the Brier bid committee. “After the fabulous success of the Scotties in 2017, we have a lot of interest and enthusiasm to host another national curling championship and the Brier is the biggest and best of them all. It’s great for curling and wonderful for the community and we hope we can bring the nation to Niagara in 2020.”

“The Meridian Centre is thrilled to be part of the bid process for yet another outstanding curling event” said Kay Meilleur, Director of Marketing at the Meridian Centre. “We have proven not only can we host a curling event of this size, but that we have a skilled team and the commitment to knock it out of the park like we did for the woman’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2017.”

You can cast your vote at to help in the bid.

“The City of St. Catharines and Niagara Region would benefit from the economic impact of the event,” the release said.  “The economic impact assessments varies on location; a minimum estimate of $11M to $15M is provided through the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.”



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