2013 Capital One Road to the Roar
Presented by Monsanto

Kitchener set to host Road to the Roar… aka ROARTARIO!

When the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar, presented by Monsanto, comes to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, Nov. 5-10, ten of the 24 teams in the field for one of competitive curling’s most important events will boast home-province roots.

Lifelong curling dreams will be on the line in the high-stakes competition that will see two teams of each gender advance to the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg, the final stepping stone on the four-year journey to represent Canada in Sochi, Russia.

Brad Jacobs (right) is among the Ontario contingent coming to the Road to the Roar (Photo Michael Burns)

Brad Jacobs (right) is among the Ontario contingent coming to the Road to the Roar (Photo Michael Burns)

Seven of Ontario’s hopefuls will compete on the men’s side, led by Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie), winner of the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier. Joining him in Kitchener will be Mark Kean (Toronto), Greg Balsdon (Toronto), Joe Frans (Bradford), Bryan Cochrane (Ottawa), Jake Higgs (Harriston) and Rob Rumfeldt (Guelph).

The women’s competition includes Tracy Horgan (Sudbury) and Krista McCarville (Thunder Bay), both former Ontario representatives at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, along with Cathy Auld (Mississauga).

Laura Crocker and John Morris – two of Canada’s hottest shooters, and members of the Kitchener-Waterloo curling alumni – will return to their roots to compete in the Road to the Roar. Crocker skips an Edmonton-based team while Morris, winner of the 2010 Olympic gold medal, will be calling the game and throwing third stones for Kelowna’s Jim Cotter.

Fans will also see a host of veteran teams from past national, international and Olympic competitions including Brad Gushue, Shannon Kleibrink, Cheryl Bernard, Kelly Scott and Jean-Michel Menard.

John Morris (Photo Michael Burns)

John Morris (Photo Michael Burns)

The only way to see all the games featuring the Ontario favourites is by purchasing the Old Classic full-event pass – including one ticket to all 18 draws for just $169.

Curling fans on a tighter schedule can experience the excitement of championship weekend with the new Mini Pack. Priced at $109, it delivers the same great seat for the final six draws, highlighted by the qualifying showdowns that will send four teams on to Winnipeg.

Single draw tickets, ranging from $12-$20, go on sale Oct. 4, giving fans the opportunity to be part of the crowd for the draws they really want to see.

“You Gotta Be There” for the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar when 24 teams take their last shot at Olympic glory. The Old Classic and Mini Packs are available now by clicking here.