Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy jokes with skip Glenn Howard prior to the start of the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG: The Canadian Curling Association wants an event in Ottawa.
There hasn't been a major CCA event in the capital since the 2001 Brier. Ottawa was awarded the Ford Men's World Championships but the future of Lansdowne Park was up in the air at the time so Ottawa had to decline.
"We want an event in Ottawa, whether it's the Brier or whatever," said Warren Hansen, CCA's director of event operations.
An Ottawa group, led by the Senators, bid for the current Roar of the Rings. It is taking place in Winnipeg because that city bid substantially more than the Ottawa group. Ottawa is well positioned to make a bid. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canada and will also be an Olympic Trials year for the 2018 Winter Games in Korea.
"Personally," said Hansen, "I like the Civic Centre for a major curling event. The other venue (Canadian Tire Centre) is too far away from things and too big."
Hansen does, however, feel that the CCA would work with the Senators to host an event at their venue. At this point, Hansen said, no fee to host the 2017 trials has been discussed or established by his association. In the last two cycles, the cities that won the bids (Edmonton and Winnipeg) both bid substantially more than what was asked.
Hansen believes there is a problem with the economics of curling event hosting.
"Any live entertainment business is having a difficult time selling tickets," he said. "Unless there is a strong reason to commit people just aren't doing that anymore."
He said it applies to all live event businesses, just not curling.
He feels there are a number of reasons for this. People aren't travelling to attend the entire Brier or Scotties anymore." People have other things to do with their money". Ticket sales now are focused on the closing or opening weekends, single draw tickets or importantly, if the "home" town teams make the championship round.
Hansen has been running these events for close to 40 years, so he "may start the process of having an event in Ottawa," but doubts he'll be there unless as a spectator.
No one in Ottawa has approached the CCA about staging an event here. The door is now open.
In Pepsi junior regional play, those advancing to the provincials are: 1A - Pascal Michaud and Emma Wallingford; B - Ryan McCrady and Cassandra Lewin. Lewin suffered injuries in a car accident driving home alone from regions. She is recovering. In region 4 Ottawa's Colton Daly and Geordin Raganold played together as skip and third respectively on a London based team. They captured the A-side of their region. They had to play out of zone 16 because that was the only place they could find a coach. The provincials begin January 2 in Gananoque.
The appearance of Ron Burgundy (actor Will Ferrell) split the curling crowd. Some viewers said his antics made the TSN broadcast unwatchable. Others felt it was great for the game. This was a contra deal with Paramount Pictures for his appearance in return for commercials.
Team Canada took home the championship at the 9th annual Cathy Kerr International Wheelchair Curling Cashspiel by defeating Great Britain 5-3 in the final. Slovakia defeated Quebec for third place"¦ Keil Gallinger from Kemptville defeated Ottawa's Spencer Cooper to win the Labatt Men's Invitational Bonspiel in Cornwall on Sunday.
Doug Bakes, the executive director of the Ontario Curling Association, announced his retirement yesterday. He leaves the post in June 2014.