- The Enmax Centre in Lethbridge was demolished shortly after the Brier Tankard was presented, but the curling event’s success was still evident on Monday.
The demolition of the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge began shortly after the Brier Tankard was presented, but the success of the curling event was still evident on Monday.
“The show’s stars — the athletes — showed up and put on a fantastic show for the audience,” said Brier vice-chair Mike Mulroy.
“Our volunteers came out in force, as they always do, and put on a first-rate — if not world-class — event, and we couldn’t be happier at this point.”
18 rinks descended on Lethbridge over ten days to compete in 25 draws in the city’s first Brier.
Mulroy was ecstatic with how the event went, especially the fan response. The exact number of attendees is still tallied, but he said the turnout exceeded his expectations.
“We weren’t certain what to expect with the (COVID-19) limitations being lifted so soon before the event,” he said.
While spectators got to see some top-notch curling, competitors appreciated seeing people in the stands.
Geoff Walker, the result for the Brier-winning Wild Card 1 rink, said, “It was a great atmosphere.”
“It’s tough coming off a couple of years of not playing in front of any fans. So (they) just give us a little extra motivation and juice by coming here.”
After winning his fourth Brier as a skip, Brad Gushue said, “That was the one thing we missed at the Olympics.”
The Brier, the latest in a long line of curling tournaments held in Lethbridge, had been eagerly anticipated. Mulroy would take stock of all the hard work that went into pulling it off now that it was over.
“This has long been on our bucket list,” he explained.
“This community, our volunteers, local athletes — we’ve all just want this, and now that we’ve had a chance to put it on in the way that we did, it’ll take a little while to sink in, but we’re ecstatic with what happened here.”
Lethbridge has hosted all four major Season of Champions curling events, making it the fourth city.
Source: Global News
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