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Local teams heading to the Tournaments of Hearts in Penticton Jan 27 - Feb 4

By Al Cameron, Curl Canada



f youíre on the hunt for a perfect stocking-stuffer for curling fans hoping to attend the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., youíll find it on sale later this week.

Just in time for the holidays, all single-draw tickets for the preliminary round of the 2018 Scotties, Jan. 27-Feb. 4 at the South Okanagan Events Centre, will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. PT.

Ticket prices start at just $19.50, making the 2018 Scotties the perfect gift for any budget.

Hereís a look at the new ticketing options that will go on sale Thursday:

$19.50: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning
$22.50: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon
$24.50: Sunday (Jan. 28) all draws, Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs evening

$29.50: Opening Day (Jan. 27) all draws

Fans who want to have their seats guaranteed for multiple draws still have other options, including day packages starting at $49, the opening weekend package for $89, and the championship weekend package at $189. Full-event packages are also still available.

All tickets are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees.

Tickets are available in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office, online at curling.ca/tickets or 1-877-763-2849.

The remaining single-draw tickets, subject to availability, will go on sale towards the middle of December.

Provincial and territorial playdowns that will decide 14 of the 16 teams that will be in Penticton will be underway soon. Those 14 champions will be joined by Team Canadaís Rachel Homan, the 2017 Scotties champ, as well as the winner of the Wild Card game on Friday, Jan. 26, at the South Okanagan Events Centre between the top two teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System who failed to advance from their playdowns.

Should Homanís team prevail at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Ottawa to earn the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, its spot in Penticton would be taken by 2017 Scotties runner-up Michelle Englot of Manitoba.

Team B.C.ís preliminary-round draws for the 2018 Scotties have been assigned: Draws 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. The final preliminary round match-ups will be determined once all of the provinces and territories teams are declared via the provincial and territorial play-downs.

After each draw, the party will move over to the World Famous HeartStop Lounge, located at the nearby Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. It will be open to everyone for the duration of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Along with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the athletes, the HeartStop Lounge will offer live music, dancing, drinks and food, as well as interactive activities for the entire family.

For the first time, the HeartStop Lounge will be cashless; tokens wonít be used or accepted.

Keep checking www.curling.ca/2018scotties for all event updates, including volunteer signup, new ticket offers, team announcements and the event schedule when it is set.

Those wishing to volunteer can register at www.curling.ca/volunteer to stay up to date on volunteer opportunities.

TSN/RDS2 will provide complete coverage of every draw at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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