Fort McMurray to host nationally televised Grand Slam of Curling event in 2014

(Fort McMurray, AB, June 24, 2013) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake announced on Monday that MacDonald Island Park in partnership with the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club will host The National at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre in mid-March 2014.

The four-day event, which is televised across Canada via Sportsnet, is part of the Grand Slam of Curling and features the best men’s teams from Canada and around the world. Past participants have included Kevin Martin, Glenn Howard, Brad Gushue, Jeff Stoughton, and Randy Ferbey.

"I want to thank MacDonald Island Park, the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club and the organizing committee for their commitment to bringing world class sporting events to Wood Buffalo," said Mayor Melissa Blake. "The National will offer great entertainment for our citizens while showcasing our community as a great place to live, work, stay and play."

CNRL Arena 2, location for part of the very successful 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, will be transformed for Sportsnet television crews which will shine a spotlight once again on Fort McMurray and MacDonald Island Park.

“It is tremendously exciting that in 2014 we will welcome another major sporting event to MacDonald Island Park and the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club,” said Jodie Mercier, General Manager of Sport and Recreation at MacDonald Island Park and Fort McMurray Organizing Committee Co-Chair. “This is an opportunity to bring a high-calibre international event to the community and build on the success of the 2013 Junior Nationals.”

Joining Mayor Blake and the community at the announcement were Greg Albrecht, Executive Director, Rogers Media; Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer, MacDonald Island Park; Tyler Spitzer, Fort McMurray Organizing Committee Co-Chair; Richard Clark, Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club President, and members of the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors and Mi Team.

“Curling is an essential part of the Canadian DNA and we’re thrilled to bring this world-class event to the great city of Fort McMurray and the community of Wood Buffalo,” said Albrecht. “Sportsnet has a long history of producing curling in Canada, and combined with the first-rate facilities at MacDonald Island Park, The National will not disappoint.”

More details, including on tickets sales, partnership opportunities, and full event schedule for The National will be released in the coming months.

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