23 October 2018

Ralston Arena will be 'loud yet intimate'

Organisers of Curling World Cup second leg give a flavour of what we can expect in December

The venue for the Curling World Cup second leg in December will provide an atmosphere that’s both loud and intimate, according to organisers.

The Ralston Arena is where the world’s greatest curlers will collide from 5-9 December as women’s, men’s and mixed doubles teams compete for prize money and a place in May's Grand Final in Beijing.

With Olympic gold medallists Team John Shuster on the bill, the 3,400-capacity venue is sure to provide a partisan atmosphere when the United States rinks take to the ice. But the athletes can expect spectators to have appreciation and knowledge of the game’s intricacies too.

Lindsay Toussant and Josh Todd / Omaha Sports Commission

“Because of the close proximity of the fans, the athletes can expect a loud, attentive, and curling-educated crowd,” commented Lindsay Toussant, Director of Events at Omaha Sports Commission.

“The venue will provide an intimate feel and excellent sight lines for curling.

“The special thing about Omaha is how the city supports any type of sporting event that is hosted in our city, from youth and amateur to professional.”

The Ralston Arena was built in 2012 and as well as sporting events, the venue also stages concerts and family shows. It features 12 luxury suites with 24 seats in each.

Omaha is a city with a rich curling heritage dating back 60 years. The city’s Askarben Curling Club operates out of the Baxter Arena at the University of Nebraska’s campus. The venue hosted the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials last year, as well as NBC’s special Curling Night in America.

Josh Todd, President of the Omaha Sports Commission, said: “Stemming from our success hosting the Olympic trials, the World Curling Federation (WCF) saw the potential in Omaha to launch and elevate the Curling World Cup to the level that the series should be. It was evident to the WCF how Omaha as a city turns out for sporting events.”

Omaha Sports Commission

Five days of Curling World Cup action at the Ralston Arena get under way on 5 December at 1500.

Tickets are available for individual sessions or you can buy an ‘All Sessions Package’ covering all 11 sessions - including the women’s, men’s and mixed doubles finals on Sunday 9 December.

For all ticket information click here.

Spectators can book hotel rooms at the official 2018 Curling World Cup reservation site here.

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