You can feel the excitement level rising in Manitoba as the clock ticks down to the opening rocks of the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon.
Westoba Place in Brandon will play host to the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship March 2-10, and tickets are selling quickly since the launch of full-event packages.
But as of Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, curling fans will have more options available to watch Canada’s best men’s curling teams play for the Tim Hortons Brier Tankard and the right to represent Canada at the 2019 World Men’s Championship in Lethbridge Alta.
They’ll also see Brad Gushue’s St. John’s team don Team Canada colours in pursuit of a record-tying third straight Tim Hortons Brier victory; only Edmonton’s Randy Ferbey team has pulled off that feat, from 2001 through 2003.
Here’s a look at the latest ticket offers:
• Championship Weekend Mini Package ($229): Final six draws plus tiebreaker draw, if necessary. (Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 10).
• Opening Weekend Mini Package ($119): First five draws on opening Saturday and Sunday
• Day Packages:
⁃ Three-Draw Single-Day Packages, Monday to Wednesday: $69
⁃ Thursday Single-Day Package, two draws plus tiebreaker (if nec.): $59
Full-event packages still available at $519 apiece; selected single-draw tickets will be available Nov. 22, wile the remainder of the single-draw tickets, subject to availability, will go on sale on Jan. 17.
All ticket packages are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees, and are available at the Westoba Place Box Office, online at curling.ca/tickets or by calling 204-726-3555.
With the 16-team, two-pool competition format being used for the second year, the Manitoba champions’ round-robin schedule is now set for the first few days of the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier. Once the preliminary round is complete and the top four teams from each pool move into the Championship Pool, the remainder of the schedule will be set.
For now, we know Manitoba will play in the opening draw on Saturday, March 2, and also will be featured in Draws 3 and 5 (both on Sunday), 7 (on Monday), 9 and 11 (both on Tuesday) and 13 (on Wednesday).
In addition to being a part of the world’s most famous curling competition inside Westoba Place, you’ll also be a part of the world’s most famous curling party, the Patch — just a short covered walk away from the arena at the adjacent Manitoba Room at the Keystone Centre, where you can check out live music, have a meal and mingle with players and fellow fans from all over Canada.
Keep checking www.curling.ca/2019brier for all event updates, including volunteer signup, new ticket offers, team announcements and the event schedule when it is set.
Those wishing to volunteer can register at www.curling.ca/volunteer to stay up to date on volunteer opportunities.
TSN/RDS2 will provide complete coverage of every draw at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier.