Crossings Leisure Complex, currently under construction, is the designated venue for the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships.
The Lethbridge organizing committee of the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Curling Championships received financial support from City Council with the approval of up to $100,000 of in-kind contributions from the City’s Major Community Event Hosting Grant.
The Championships, to be held April 22-29, 2017, are expected to attract athletes and fans from across the globe. It’s predicted Lethbridge will see close to $1.5 million in economic activity related to the Championships as it hosts its first major event at the new Crossings Leisure Complex.
“The timing of this event is really exciting,” says Mayor Chris Spearman. “Hosting an event of this magnitude will allow us to showcase our new curling facility not just to our city but to the entire world.”
For the mixed doubles teams, the Lethbridge event will be especially significant. Their sport will debut as an Olympic event at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Lethbridge event will be the final chance for teams to qualify for the Olympics.
“Having an Olympic qualifying event here in our city will add another level of excitement,” says Spearman. “I am confident that Lethbridge residents will support these World Curling Championships both as spectators and through the amazing volunteerism we see time and again in our city.”
Lethbridge’s 2017 event will mark the second time Canada has hosted the combined World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors (over 50) event. It was held in Fredericton, NB in 2013.