Curling is an ideal sport for our long Maine Winters. An excellent way for people of all ages and abilities to stay active, healthy, and engaged in their community; curling is for everyone! Presently, dedicated curling sheets in Maine are limited to three sheets at the Belfast Curling Club which is a hub of excitement and activity for the regional curling community and college curling teams from across Maine. Other curling takes place often at late hours on hockey rinks. Because curling requires perfect ice, hockey rinks are not an ideal situation and the demand is strong for additional dedicated curling ice in Maine.
The effort to include curling at Brunswick Landing Arena is to help meet the existing demand and grow the game of curling for everyone. Two curling sheets will be included in the temporary arena with the goal to grow the base of support and possibly include curling in the permanent arena anticipated to open in the fall of 2021. The Bowdoin College curling team is expected to be the anchor tenant.
How much will it cost to include curling at the Arena? There is a great deal of efficiency in both capital cost and operations when we couple curling and skating under the same roof on separate dedicated areas of ice. Of the total $1M project cost, curling represents ~$200,000 of that amount in the form of a larger building and purchase of additional “ice mats” that go under the ice for cooling. That is to say that we could do the project for 20% less without curling but the shared chiller, building, and ongoing operational costs represent a huge efficiency. The result is that we nearly double the number of dedicated curling sheets in Maine for a modest capital cost. Most importantly, we continue to grow the game and build a partnership to include curling in the long-term plans for community recreation at Brunswick Landing.
Who will use the curling sheets? Brunswick Landing Arena Curling Sheets will be available to the Bowdoin College Curling team and other interested teams, and to the public for organized leagues, learn-to-curl events, and group rentals.
Bowdoin College Curling is a club sport started in Fall 2010 and quickly became the College Curling USA 4th Division National Championship winner in 2011. Since then, Bowdoin College has qualified for and attended three National Collegiate competitions: 2016 at the Chaska Curling Center in Chaska, MN; 2017 at the Utica Curling Club in Utica, NY; and 2018 at the Eau Claire Curling Club in Eau Claire, WI.
College Curling in the United States is governed by the United States Curling Association (USCA). The USCA and its subsidiary, College Curling USA, set the national standards and competition schedules for the year. For more information, visit the official website of college curling.