The International championship curling returns to Aberdeen, Scotland, the home of the sport, for the first time since the 2005 Women’s World Championship, when the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships get underway on Saturday 5th of December in Aberdeen. This event has grown into the largest Championship event on the curling calendar. This year 51 teams from 30 different European countries are competing. The Championships will be staged at two venues in the city – The Linx Ice Arena will host the men’s and women’s “A” teams, with the “B” divisions at Curl Aberdeen. To stage the event, Aberdeen City Council has invested over £1m in refurbishing and re-opening the Linx Arena, including the installation of state-of-the-art refrigeration plant. Curl Aberdeen, one of the newest privately-owned facilities in Scotland, has been a resounding success since it opened, and will be a fine venue for the “B” teams.