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Tickets for the 2014 Continental Cup are on sale

By Chris Moran

Be among the first to have seats for this historic curling competition in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – Curling fans now can buy tickets for the World Financial Group 2014 Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The four-day event pitting Team North America against Team World in a Ryder Cup-like competition will take place Jan. 16-19. It will mark the first time that this Canadian Curling Association/World Curling Federation/USA Curling-sanctioned event will be held in the United States.

There are early indications that this will be one of the most anticipated events on the 2014 calendar, especially with the Winter Games in Sochi three weeks later, on Feb. 7, 2014.

“Following on from the success of the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup, the stakes are high for the 2014 event in Las Vegas,” World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness said. “With this official launch of ticket sales, the World Curling Federation and its partners, the World Financial Group, the Canadian Curling Association and the U.S. Curling Association, extend an open invitation to curling fans the world over. This is your chance to see some of our sport’s finest athletes in action and at the same time enjoy what Las Vegas has to offer. Come and be part of it!”

The initial ticket offering began at noon Pacific Time on Feb. 1. During this first phase, fans will be able to purchase the traditional Old Classic package, which includes one ticket for the same seat during all 11 draws of the competition. The Old Classic costs $229 (United States dollars) and can be ordered online (www.curling.ca, www.worldcurling.org, www.curlingrocks.net) or by phone at 888-234-2334.

The host hotel — the Orleans Hotel and Casino, adjacent to the Orleans Arena and just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip — will offer five-night hotel/ticket packages starting at $663. Hotel/ticket packages must be ordered by phone at 800-675-3267.

USA Curling Chief Operating Officer Rick Patzke is excited to bring the Continental Cup to the United States for the first time.

“This will be world-class curling at its best,” Patzke said. “Add in the dazzle of Las Vegas and you have the makings of a double-check-off bucket list event. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

More than 1 million Canadians visited Las Vegas during the first nine months of last year. Bringing one of Canada’s favorite participation and spectator sports to the city is expected to attract big attendance.

“The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) is really excited about the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup being hosted by Las Vegas,” Greg Stremlaw, CCA chief executive officer, said. “A lot of Canadians living in western Canada love Las Vegas as a vacation destination year-round. Taking that into consideration, along with the fact that the largest concentration of curlers in the world is in western Canada, we are confident a few thousand Canadians are going to find their way to Las Vegas in January of 2014.”

Mini-ticket packages and individual draw tickets will be available later this year.