Over 25 nations will descend on Scotland this November for the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships which this year comes to intu Braehead Arena, with tickets going on sale on Friday 9th September.
Normally home to ice hockey heroes Braehead Clan, the two sports joined forces to promote what is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in Scotland this year and will see the ice hockey arena transformed into a five sheet curling rink from 19-26 November.
Susan Murrin, Event Manager for the 2016 European Curling Championships said “We can’t wait to bring the European Curling Championships to this venue with its great reputation for spectator ice sports. Braehead Clan are renowned for their passionate following and exciting on ice displays and curling is no different with its intense competition and precision play. We look forward to staging an event here to remember and hope that everyone will enjoy a week of top flight sporting action”.
Gareth Chalmers, Hockey & Operations Director at Braehead Clan said “We have regular sell-out crowds for our home games and the atmosphere in the arena is electric. We’re sure that sports fans will enjoy watching the curling action up close and wish the European Championships every success.”
The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships will form part of EventScotland’s International Events Programme and UK Sport’s Major Event Programme and is supported by funding partners Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and The Royal Caledonian Curling Club.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The European Curling Championships will see the finest players from across the continent and some of the world’s highest-ranked nations visit Scotland in November, providing a fantastic spectacle for fans at the intu Braehead Arena.
“We are delighted to support the event through EventScotland’s International Funding Programme and, following the success of both our men’s and women’s teams in recent years, we are confident there will be strong interest in tickets across the country for what promises to be a thrilling week of action on the ice.”
The event will crown the European Champions in curling for both men and women and determine qualification for the World Curling Championships in 2017, forming the pathway to Olympic qualification and the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Scotland’s representatives for the 2016 championships will be decided in October when its elite curlers including former European Champions and Olympic medallists Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch will battle it out for the right to be named in Team Scotland.
Tickets for the 2016 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships start from just £10 per session and go on sale Friday 9th September 2016 at 10am from Ticketmaster or the intu Braehead Arena box office.