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CR to host 2015 Curling Championships

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Cedar Rapids has been selected to host the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships next summer.

As one of USA Curling's newer events, this will be only the third time that the Arena Nationals will be staged.

“Each of the three primary entities involved in the bid made a very convincing case for why the 2015 USA Curling Arena Nationals should be held in Cedar Rapids,” said Rick Patzke, interim chief executive officer for USA Curling.

“We are confident that these partners and the entire City of Cedar Rapids will build upon the successes of the previous two hosts to make the 2015 championships a memorable experience for all who participate and attend.”

The event will be held July 16-19 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, which has the capacity to host Olympic and NHL-sized events.

The arena is home to the
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, a United States Hockey League franchise. 

“The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to join the Cedar Rapids CurlingClub in welcoming the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships to our city,” said Mary Lee Malmberg, director of sports tourism for the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Athletes and their families will find Cedar Rapids a great location for competition and pleasure. Transportation into Cedar Rapids is excellent and our regional airport is served by five major airlines. Interstate 380 and major highways provide convenient access to our city. Our hotels, restaurants and wide-range of entertainment options will add to the enjoyment of teams and spectators. Cedar Rapids is recognized for its hospitality and we will work hard to help make the 2015 Championships a success.”

“The Cedar Rapids Curling Club is excited to host the 2015 USA Curling Arena National Championships,”said Lon Peper, president of the Cedar Rapids Curling Club.

“We look forward to working with our partners, the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and USA Curling, to provide a top-quality, championship event. The first time I saw the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena when I moved here two years ago, I knew it would be an excellent site for a curling championship. I am glad we were able to make that happen. Cedar Rapids is a great city, and we look forward to hosting curlers from all across the country.”

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery and is partnered with Ludus Tours, CurlingZone, and RJM Licensing, Inc. 

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