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Bring on the Brier!

April 5, 2017

City of Moncton and Curl Moncton announce intent to bid on 2019 Tim Horton’s Brier

MONCTON – The City of Moncton announced its intent to bid to host the 2019 Tim Horton’s Brier at a news conference in Moncton this Wednesday. The Brier, one of Curling Canada’s most prestigious events, attracts fans from all over the world and has a national broadcast reach of approximately 7 million people. Moncton’s bid to host will be submitted to Curling Canada in late June of 2017 with the goal of welcoming the event in March 2019.

“We know that we can host this exciting event,” said Mayor Dawn Arnold. “Moncton has a long history of hosting world-class events, and the Brier in 2019 would be another opportunity to show the world what we have to offer; but we can’t do it alone. We need the community to work with us to show Curling Canada that Moncton is the best host for the Brier in 2019 — Bring on the Brier!”

The City, in partnership with a bid committee consisting of members from the local curling community (Yves Maillet, Darren Hansen, and Andrew Friel), and chaired by Jacques Robichaud of Curl Moncton, has  been working diligently for weeks and formally announced the intent to bid on April 5.

“Curling is alive and well in Moncton, and hosting the Brier in 2019 would be another exciting step in the development of our sport in this region,” said Committee Chairman Jacques Robichaud. “Having hosted two Briers in the past, as well as two World Men’s Championships—the Silver Broom in 1980 and the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships in 2009, and considering that we are hosting the very first U18 National Championships this April, and that our Curl Moncton facility is slated for an expansion, not to mention having the support of the community and volunteers, I’d say that Moncton is well positioned to make the 2019 Brier one to remember.”

As part of the bid strategy, the committee announced a presale campaign for tickets for the as-yet awarded event. For a fee of $100, fans can secure their spot at the Brier in Moncton (should the city be awarded the event) and also showcase the excitement the community has for bringing this event to the region.

“This is the new era of event development,” explained Councillor-at-large Greg Turner, also the Chair of the City’s Events Moncton Advisory Committee. “Community support now has to be part of the bid, not just expressed once we are successful in attracting these major events to our city. We want curling enthusiasts, fans, visitors, corporations, everyone, to help Bring the Brier to Moncton! 

Everyone is invited to attend the community kick-off event on Sunday, April 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Delta Beauséjour Hotel Ballroom (750 Main Street) where presale Brier tickets will be available for purchase on site. Snacks, family fun, prizes and more will be offered during this community kick-off event.

Pre-event packages will also be available for purchase as of Sunday, April 9 online at tickets.moncton.ca, in person at the Moncton Coliseum Box Office (377 Killam Drive) or by phone at 1-888-720-5600.
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Isabelle LeBlanc
Director of Communications
City of Moncton