Moose Jaw built it… and championship curling came
- Updated: August 22, 2014
When the right to host the 2012 Canada Cup was awarded to Moose Jaw, the decision was largely attributable to Saskatchewan’s intense passion for curling and the community spirit exemplified for so many years by a dedicated base of volunteers.
But, events of this magnitude require a major-league facility, and that’s where Mosaic Place came into play.
The downtown sports and entertainment complex, home to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, was just over a year old at the time, and fit the needs of a championship curling event like a glove.
“The Canada Cup was the first multi-day national sporting event that we’d hosted,” says Scott Clark, general manager of Mosaic Place.
By the time the event came to a close, Moose Jaw had established a Canada Cup attendance record. After that kind of success, it was no surprise when the city was named as the host of the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Feb. 14-22.
“Without this building, these kinds of events simply wouldn’t be coming to Moose Jaw,” says Clark. “It’s just made a world of difference to the city.”
The Canada Cup represented an excellent testing ground for the facility, says Clark, who expects the Scotties will be an even better experience for the fans. “You have the chance to see how your facility fits whatever event it is. You learn something from every one.”
Along with new opportunities to present major sporting events, Mosaic Place has also moved into the mix on the music concert circuit. “It’s really taken entertainment opportunities to a new level never available before in the city,” says Clark. “We used to have two venues capable of handling these kind of shows in the province (Saskatoon and Regina). Now we’re attracting people not only from Moose Jaw, but all across Saskatchewan, as well as Alberta, Manitoba and Montana.”
Clark Is confident the Scotties will have a similar draw next February, and is quick to point out that city has much more to offer than many outsiders might think. “Our downtown is incredibly unique. It has an unbelievable charm with all the historic buildings preserved and restored. We know people are going to enjoy their experience in Moose Jaw.”
On top of prime conditions for competitors on the ice in Mosaic Place, the complex also houses the Moose Jaw Curling Centre which will be the scene of the HeartStop Lounge – known as the Patch during the Canada Cup – the heart of the party for curling fans at the Scotties.
“A huge part of the success of the Canada Cup was the Patch,” says Clark. “It’s right on site and that’s a tremendous benefit. Fans don’t have to leave the building. But as successful as it was, the Scotties organizers are looking at what they can do to take it to the next level. It’s going to be the place to be in Moose Jaw during the Scotties.”
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