‘Curling Night in America’ returns this winter; Raleigh to host production this summer

  • Matt Hamilton at Curling Night in America 2019 © USA Curling

USA Curling is set to partner with NBC, the World Curling Federation, Triangle Sports Commission, and the United States Olympic Committee for the sixth edition of “Curling Night in America.”

The Polar Iceplex in Raleigh, N.C., will be the site for the next production of this made-for-TV international curling event, which debuted in 2014. The competition, titled the U.S. Grand Prix of Curling, will feature three American teams taking on China, Japan and Italy in team and mixed doubles competition. In addition to the aforementioned partners, the event will also receive significant local support from the Triangle Curling Club.

The competition and production is set to take place Aug. 22-24. The series of nine, two-hour programs will air beginning in January and run through March on NBC Sports Network.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Curling Night in America in Raleigh!” said Hill Carrow, Chief Executive Officer of the Triangle Sports Commission. “The Triangle Curling Club is doing a great job growing the sport in our Triangle region, but with our country’s Olympic curling gold medalists taking on international curling powers in a nationally-televised event, CNIA promises to deliver another level of excitement and build local interest and participation even more. In addition, our goal is to develop a long-term relationship with USA Curling and to host more of their major competitive events in the future, so CNIA is a very important first step."

The competition and production are set to take place from 22 to 24 August. The series of nine, two-hour programmes will air from January 2020 and run through March on NBC Sports Network.

United States will be represented by the Jamie Sinclair and 2018 Olympic gold medallist John Shuster rinks [pictured above © WCF / Richard Gray ] as well as the mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin that recently won bronze in the Curling World Cup final in Beijing. The international teams will be announced later in the summer.

The competition will once again include a points system to determine a champion in each division as well as an overall victor. In addition, prize money will be up for grabs.

“Maintaining strong visibility for curling on national television outside of the Olympics is a critical and proven factor for the continued growth of curling in the United States,” said Rick Patzke, CEO of USA Curling. “We are grateful for all of the partners, athletes, coaches and of course NBC for continuing to believe in and support Curling Night in America.”

Tickets are now on sale for CNIA. The three sessions each day will be held at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. Actual team matchups will be announced later. Tickets are $8 for morning sessions, $10 for afternoon competitions, and $12 for the evening events. There are also day passes (for each specific day) at $20 each, and all-session passes at $50. Seating is very limited so fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. You can review ticket options and make your purchase by visiting, www.curlingnightinamerica.eventbrite.com

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