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2008 World Men´s Curling Championship to Grand Forks, USA

by Håkan Sundström, WCF Media Relations Officer

The Executive Committee of the World Curling Federation announced today at their open meeting in Paisley, Scotland that the 2008 World Men´s Curling Championship will be played in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. The venue for the event is The Ralph Engelstad Arena with a seating capacity of 11 000 seats. Within the same venue there is also another ice rink where it is possible to organise the World Seniors Championships during the same time. 

The bidding committee from Grand Forks, represented in  Paisley by Chris Semrau, Joe Litzinger and Don Barcome Jr, had to fight two other bidding cities for the world event in 2008. That was Cortina d`Ampezzo in Italy, Olympic host town back in 1956, and Gangneung in Korea.

According to Mike Thomson, Secretary General of the World Curling Federation, all three bids were of first class and the choice was very difficult  to  make. But the Executive Committee decided to choose Grand Forks.

Grand Forks is situated in the northern parts of North Dakota, about 150 miles (2,5 hour car drive) from Winnipeg and 4 hours from Minneapolis. In the Ralph Engelstad Arena the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship was played with about 195 000 tickets sold. The arena has also hosted international tennis events and of course curling competitions as the 2001 WCT Forks Curling Classic and 2004 USCA National Championships.


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