USA Curling will bring a championship to Wyoming for the first time when the city of Gillette hosts the 2020 USA Curling Arena National Championships. The event will be staged April 26–May 2 at the Wyoming Center Spirit Hall Ice Arena. The 26,000-square-foot venue was built in 2009.
“The CAM-PLEX Multi Event Facilities, Campbell County Parks and Rec Department and Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau are thrilled to have been selected as the host for the 2020 USA Curling Arena National Championships,” said Keith Howard, sports sales manager for CAM-PLEX. “We look forward to welcoming USCA staff, competitors and spectators to the heart of ‘Cowboy Country’ here on the rolling Wyoming plains. Our staff and volunteers are already hard at work preparing to make next year’s event one to be remembered.”
The Arena Nationals began in 2013 and are open to teams that compete in league play in arena settings as opposed to a traditional curling-only facility. Arena settings mark USA Curling’s greatest growth area. The 2019 event will include 38 teams that will compete in West Chester, Pennsylvania, May 5–11.
“It is simply fantastic to be taking our first national event to Wyoming, and it is fitting that the Arena Championships—representing one of the fastest-growing segments of curling in the country—will be the landmark event,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling’s chief executive officer. “With Gillette’s historic association with piles of rocks already well-established, we are excited about the possibilities as we bring a slightly different twist to town. Our thanks go out to the CAM-PLEX and local curlers and the community overall for making this happen.”