Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fans not roaring to the Trials

The halcyon days of sellout crowds at major curling events seem to be a thing of the past. Once again, another major event is apparently going to fall short of projections as Paul Friesen pointed out today in the Winnipeg Sun.

Total tickets sales for the event should come in at around 136,000, shy of the 150,000 to 160,000 organizers predicted. 
In fact, there are concerns the Trials might not turn a profit. 
"Better attendance always helps the bottom line," event manager Rob Dewhirst said, Saturday. 
Organizers had to put up $1 million to host the event.

Last night’s women’s final – featuring the hometown Jennifer Jones – was not a sellout. And the expectations are that the men’s final won’t fill the arena either.
Of course the frigid temps may have kept many at home. Or maybe it was Ron Burgundy?

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