The 2020 USA Curling Arena National Championships will be staged in Gillette, Wyo., marking the first time a major curling championship will be held in Wyoming as the sport of curling continues to grow across the United States.
The 2020 Arena National Championships will be staged April 26-May 2, 2020, at the Wyoming Center Spirit Hall Ice Arena.
Gillette will host the 2020 USA Curling Arena National Championships next spring at Cam-plex’s Spirit Hall, and the historic piles of rocks on West Second Street has something to do with it.
The championships will be staged April 26-May 2, 2020. It will be the first time a major curling championship will be held in Wyoming, according to a press release.
Rick Mansur, director of Campbell County Parks and Recreation, said it was a joint effort between his department, Cam-plex staff and the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Last year, a company from Minnesota came to Gillette to help set up the sheets of ice for curling.
“They were really impressed with Spirit Hall,” Mansur said, and they suggested that Gillette try to host the curling arena national championships.
“The seating up above was a big sell,” he said.
He credited Cam-plex and parks staff, including ice arena supervisor Fred Neugebauer and parks maintenance technician Joe Rivers, for working to bring this event to Gillette.
“We look forward to welcoming USCA staff, competitors and spectators to the heart of Cowboy Country here on the rolling Wyoming plains,” said Cam-plex sports sales manager Keith Howard in a press release. “Our staff and volunteers are already hard at work preparing to make next year’s event one to be remembered.”
The Arena Nationals, which began in 2013, features teams that compete in league play in arena settings versus a traditional curling-only facility. USA Curling’s greatest growth is in arena settings.
The 2019 national event is taking place May 5-11 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and will feature 38 teams.
“It is simply fantastic to be taking our first national event to Wyoming, and it is fitting that the Arena Championships — representing one of the fastest-growing segments of curling in the country — will be the landmark event,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling’s Chief Executive Officer.
“With Gillette’s historic association with piles of rocks already well-established, we are excited about the possibilities as we bring a slightly different twist to town,” he added. “Our thanks go out to the Cam-plex and local curlers and the community overall for making this happen.”