The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling, Boost National, kicked off on Tuesday at the Conception Bay South Arena, with approximately 1,200 curling enthusiasts in attendance. Organizers anticipate those numbers to continue throughout the tournament and have already dubbed it a huge economic success.
“The Boost National is truly a showcase of our community. In addition to the 120 athletes that are staying in the area, there is also the production and events teams. That alone is more than 200 visitors that are eating, driving around and staying in the region for nearly a week. A Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event of this size typically delivers an average of $1.3 million in economic impact,” said Mayor Terry French.
Through this tournament, Conception Bay South has been on display across the country on Sportsnet and CBC, as well as internationally with Sportsnet’s streaming services. This includes the Town’s new tourism commercial, which has been playing nationally during the event.
“This is an international field of the highest calibre – it’s what sets the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events apart and attracts fans from all over the world. This week, we have international teams from Sweden, USA, Japan, Scotland and Switzerland in our Town. We also have fans here watching from across the country and beyond,” said Mayor French.
“I would like to thank the Town of Conception Bay South for their hard work in making this fun and exciting experience happen for our Town. Many thanks to our numerous volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, who have contributed significantly to make the Boost National the success it is today. Special thanks to my fellow Host Committee members as well,” said Adrian Power, chair, Host Committee.
The budget for the event was expected to be at zero cost to the Town. Expenditures were anticipated to be $230,000 with matching revenues budgeted. Full event ticket packages sold out in May in just three days.
“There’s lots of fun things happening at the arena throughout the week, including live entertainment between and after draws. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this large-scale event so successful! We’d love the opportunity to host it again in the future,” said Mayor French.
The Boost National is the fourth event of the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season, and features the top 15 men’s and women’s curling teams from around the world. The men’s and women’s finals take place on Sunday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively. For more information on the Boost National, including ticket prices and event schedules, please visit conceptionbaysouth.ca/curling.