Fargo to host 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Scheels Arena
Posted on 11/2/2011
Stevens Point, Wis. - Fargo has been selected as the host site for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling.
"The USCA is pleased to return to Fargo for the 2014 Olympic Trials," said Chris Sjue, president, U.S. Curling Association (USCA). "Scheels Arena is an outstanding venue that received great reviews from the athletes and fans during the 2011 Men's and Women's National Championships. The top U.S. men's and women's teams will be competing for the chance to represent the USA at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It will be exciting."
The USCA Executive Committee unanimously approved awarding the bid to Scheels Arena and the Metro Sports Foundation after a months-long review of several bids by a special site selection committee. The Trials will be held in mid-November (exact dates pending) at Scheels Arena, a 5,000 seat arena which also hosted USA Curling's 2011 National Championships.
Also bidding to host the Trials were Bemidji, Minn.; Green Bay, Wis.; Sioux City, Iowa; and Willmar, Minn. Green Bay has been selected to host the 2013 USA Curling National Championships at the Cornerstone Community Center.
"We are extremely excited to welcome USA Curling and the U.S. Olympic Committee to Fargo for the 2014 Trials," said Jon Kram, general manager of Scheels Arena. "We enjoyed having them here for the national championships earlier this year, and we are looking forward to working with them on another successful event that will bring recognition to the Fargo-Moorhead community."
A field of a maximum five men's teams and four women's teams will compete at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling for a chance to represent the U.S. in Sochi. Teams will begin qualifying for the Olympic Trials this season, with the top two men's and women's teams at the conclusion of the 2012 USA Curling National Championships earning the first berths. To read the complete team selection procedures, please visit USA Curling's website at www.usacurl.org.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.