Its television ratings may not have matched those of the Super Bowl, but Parksville Curling Club still managed to draw hundreds of fans for the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship final on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4.
“We’ve had a bigger turnout for some draws this week,” said Terry Miller, co-chair of the local tournament organizing committee, with a nod toward the arena bleachers. “But that’s a pretty good crowd. I’m told there’s something called football going on right now, though I wouldn’t know anything about that.”
Parksville Curling Club drew rave reviews from CurlBC officials and from the province’s top players while hosting its eighth provincial championship event since 2009, including men’s championships in 2012 and 2013.
“We sold 350 event passes, and then offered walk-up tickets for each draw,” said Clare Cooney, head of the ticket committee. “I was here for the 2013 event, and I know our (ticket) receipts are up 35 per cent from then.”
Roughly 200 volunteers from the curling club assisted throughout the provincial tourney.
“Parksville is one of our go-to communities for provincial events,” said Paul Addison, CurlBC chair. “You look at their wall and they’ve got seven other provincial plaques up there because, first of all, they have an unbelievable cadre of volunteers. But also, the facility itself is very valuable.”