More than 10,000 expected at BMC for major curling event 0
Ontario skip Glenn Howard curls against Manitoba during the final game at the 2011 Brier curling championships in London. The Midland native and his rink — Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill — are considered the favourites heading into the 2013 Dominion Tankard, but event chairman Ken Leach says the team will face some stiff competition. MARK BLINCH REUTERS
The road to the Brier runs through Barrie this week.
The Dominion Tankard men’s provincial curling championship kicks off today at 2 p.m. at the Barrie Molson Centre, where 11 rinks will vie for the opportunity to represent Ontario in the national tournament.
The favourite is Midland’s Glenn Howard, who comes in as the defending provincial, national and world champion, not to mention the fact that his rink has won seven consecutive Ontario titles.
More than 2,500 tickets have been sold, and organizers are expecting at least 10,000 to 15,000 people to watch.
The Barrie Molson Centre will be the largest venue to host the Dominion Tankard in at least half a decade
The event will be televised nationally on Rogers Sportsnet.
Ticket packages are already on sale at the Barrie Molson Centre box office, by phoning TicketPro at 1-888-655-9090 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.thedominiontankard2013.ca.