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Eric Peterson, Published November 19 2013

Scheels Arena bids on 2016 World Men's curling event

FARGO – Scheels Arena is trying to land another big-time curling event – and a decision could be coming soon.

Arena officials have put in a bid to host the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2016.

“We are hoping to hear back by the end of this year,” said Jon Kram, the general manager for Scheels Arena.

The facility hosted this year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which ended on Sunday. In 2011, Scheels Arena also hosted the USA Curling National Championships.

“I firmly believe Fargo would be an excellent host to the world championships,” said Rick

Patzke, the chief operating officer for USA Curling.

Patzke said there are five cities in the mix for the 2016 Worlds, including Grand Forks and Kalamazoo, Mich. The other two bids the World Curling Federation is considering are from cities outside the United States.

Grand Forks hosted the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2008. That’s the last time a World event, men’s or women’s, was hosted in the United States.

Since 2003, Canada has hosted the World men’s every other year. Being close to the strong Canadian curling fan base is one of the factors that could help Fargo.

“It would be an honor for us,” Kram said of hosting a World Men’s event. “I think it would show the hard work we have put into these other events.”

The bids for the event were submitted last summer, Patzke said, but the World Curling Federation is still in the process of choosing the site.

“I’m surprised it hasn’t been determined yet,” Patzke said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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