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BONUS ONLINE-ONLY COVERAGE // Tickets for 2019 Continental Cup in Las Vegas on sale!


Olympic champions from U.S. and Sweden set to compete


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t’s the Entertainment Capital of the World, and once again next Janu- ary Las Vegas will transform into the Curling Capital of the World for the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup.


Ever since it was announced in April during the gold-medal game of


the 2018 World Men’s Championship in Las Vegas, the buzz over the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup being played at Orleans Arena for the fourth time has been growing to deafening levels. Fans now have the chance to nail down seats for the four-day event,


scheduled for Jan. 17-20 and fea- turing many of the world’s best- known curling teams, including Olympic gold-medallists and world champions. Te extremely popular “Hit” and “Stay” packages are now


available. Here’s a look: Te HIT — Your full-event


ticket package for just $265 USD includes one ticket for the same seat to all


11 draws, plus our popular Ear Bud listening device. Te STAY — Our most famous package is based on five nights accom-


modation for one or two people at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. (Wednes- day, Jan. 16 to Sunday, Jan. 20): $534.95 USD plus applicable tax, in addition to the $265 for each full-event ticket package. All ticket packages are subject to standard ticket service fees. To book


your accommodations just follow the instructions provided on the ticket information page. You can either book online or over the phone DIRECTLY with the host hotel, Te Orleans Hotel and Casino, adjacent to the Orleans Arena. If you only need specific nights, rates are as follows: • Jan. 16, 17, 20: $82.99 USD per night, plus applicable tax • Jan. 18, 19: $142.99 USD per night, plus applicable tax For triple or quad accommodation, add $15 USD per night per guest,


plus applicable tax. All dollar figures are in U.S. currency. To purchase tick- ets, go to www.curling.ca/tickets/. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you experience any difficulties trying to pur-


chase your event tickets online, the 2019 WFG Continental Cup HELP LINE is there for you at 775-964-4980. If we don’t answer immediately, just leave a message and we’ll get back to you quickly. Based on the record crowds that always flock to watch curling at Orleans


Arena, demand will be high for these packages. Te recently completed 2018 World Men’s Championship set an attendance record for curling events staged in the United States, and the arena also hosted the three highest- attended editions of the World Financial Group Continental Cup, in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively, with near-sellout crowds all three times. “As soon as the announcement was made, my phone was ringing off the


hook and my email inbox was filling up and that’s great news for the 2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup,” said Jon Killoran, event man- ager. “But it’s not a surprise, either. Tere’s always something about curl- ing in Las Vegas that gets people excited, whether it’s the chance of maybe


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seeing Elvis or Marilyn Monroe dropping by the rink, or seeing the world’s best curling teams under one roof. It’s going to be a great event, and those tickets won’t last long.” Already, five Olympic teams — including both gold-medal teams,


skipped by John Shuster of the United States and Anna Hasselborg of Swe- den — have confirmed they’ll participate in curling’s version of the Ry- der Cup, as has reigning world men’s champ Niklas Edin of Sweden, who claimed gold in Las Vegas at the 2018 World Men’s Championship. Additionally, both Canadian 2018 Olympic teams, skipped by Calgary’s


Kevin Koe and Ottawa’s Rachel Homan respectively — will be participating as Team North America looks to extend its win streak to seven in a row. Te rest of the teams, as well as coaches and captains for both sides, will


be announced later this off-season. As well, further ticket offers — should they be available, pending the results of the full-event package sales offer — will be announced in the fall. Te 2018 edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup, in Janu-


ary in London, Ont., produced the closest finish in the history of the event. Aſter four days of competition in mixed doubles, traditional team and skins play, the two sides finished dead even, with 30 points apiece. It came down to a draw to the button to decide the championship, and Team North Amer- ica’s Brad Gushue outdrew Team World’s Tomas Ulsrud. Q


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