Tickets are selling fast for the upcoming Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in November.
WIth the box office opening on April 15th, the event has already sold over 230 full ticket packages, which is an encouraging sign for Sportsnet and local organizers on the ground.
Full ticket packages are selling for $199, which includes admission into every single curling draw over the tournament, which will feature 60 of the world's top professional curling teams competing at Western Financial Place and the Memorial Arena.
"The first day, we sold 100 tickets," said Todd Pellerin, one of the local organizers who helped bring the event to Cranbrook. "The die-hards want to get their specific seats, so they bought right away.
"…The big sales are probably going to be closer to the fall in October because it's pretty hard to sell a November event in June and July in the summer months."
After June 30, the full ticket package price will jump up to $230.
The Tour Challenge is the biggest event on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit, which will feature two tiers of curling competition that will include 15 mens and 15 women's teams.
Sportsnet, which organizes the Grand Slam tour in partnership with host communities, will be broadcasting much of the event and is encouraged with the amount of ticket pre-sales.
"They're happy," said Pellerin, "they're quite happy with the ticket sales because they've done so many of these, they know that the bulk of the ticket sales are going to be in the last month and a half, so to get presages of this much, it's refreshing for them.
Weekend passes will go on sale on July 1st, with single tickets to follow in August.
Other developments include plans to use the Cranbrook Curling Club as an entertainment hub, same as when it served as 'The Patch' during the Canada Cup of Curling in 2011.