March 5, 2019
Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, Boost National, Heading Back to Conception Bay South
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. The world-class curling tournament is set to take over the Conception Bay South Arena from December 10-15. The news was officially announced by Sportsnet today.
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. 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,” said Mayor Terry French.
“We are very excited to hear that the Boost National is coming back to Conception Bay South. The crowds, hospitality and volunteers made it a huge success last year. It will definitely be a week we circle on our calendar,” said Team Skip, Brad Gushue.
“From the passionate curling fan base to the unmatched hospitality, the welcome we received from the Town of Conception Bay South in 2018 was truly second-to-none,” said Rob Corte, Vice President, Sportsnet & NHL Productions. “We’re eager to work with the host committee to grow the Boost National in 2019, showcasing Conception Bay South’s vibrant curling community on Sportsnet’s national broadcasts.”
Ticket, sponsorship and volunteer information has not been announced at this time, but the Town expects to release more details soon. Full event ticket packages sold out in May of last year in just three days.
“This is an international field of the highest calibre and a huge tourism driver. Last year, Conception Bay South was on display across the country on Sportsnet and CBC, as well as internationally with Sportsnet’s streaming services. Hats off to our numerous volunteers, supporters, sponsors, Town employees and host committee members who contributed significantly to its success, and who certainly helped to solidify its return again this year,” said Mayor French.