Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Kingston Economic Development Corporation
BDO - Canadian Open.

BDO - Canadian Open.
Tourism Kingston.

Tourism Kingston.
K-Rock Centre.

K-Rock Centre.
Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.

Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.

March 03, 2011 10:40 ET

Capital One Grand Slam of Curling Series Coming to Kingston

Historic city to host 2011 BDO Canadian Open

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - iSport Media and Management together with Tourism Kingston, the K-Rock Centre and the local event organizing committee announced today that Kingston will host the 2011 BDO Canadian Open, the second of four elite men's championships in the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series.

The 2011 BDO Canadian Open is scheduled to take place December 14-18 at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario and will feature 18 of the world's best men's curling teams competing for the BDO Canadian Open and Capital One Cup trophies, hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, and valuable qualifying points towards a berth into the 2013 Olympic Trials.

"What a wonderful pre-Christmas present this is for curlers and curling fans in the greater Kingston area and in all of southeastern Ontario," said Ken Thompson, chair of the local organizing committee. "Hosting the BDO Canadian Open is a fantastic 'win-win' opportunity to showcase our sport and our community. This will be the first event in an exciting triple-header of major curling events coming to the Kingston area, building momentum toward the Canadian Junior Championships in nearby Napanee in 2012, and climaxing at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the K-Rock Centre in 2013. We invite all to come and enjoy great Grand Slam curling and experience our city – because Kingston rocks!"

The first round of ticket packages for the 2011 BDO Canadian Open will go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10:00am. Fans can purchase online at K-RockCentre.com, charge by phone at 1-877-554-8399 or at the venue Box Office at 1 Barrack Street, Kingston, Ontario.

"The City of Kingston is ready to host the world's top curling teams this December," said Rob Carnegie, Director of Tourism Marketing and Development for Tourism Kingston. "Staging this prestigious event is another example of various organizations partnering together for the good of the economy."

"The K-ROCK Centre is thrilled to host a Capital One Grand Slam of Curling championship event," said Ken Noakes, General Manager of the K-Rock Centre. "It's very exciting that our first-ever curling event will bring a world-class field like this one to our historic city. Curling has a long history in Kingston and showcasing our venue on a national stage is tremendously exciting for Kingston and the K-Rock Centre!"

Kingston is nestled beside Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the historic Rideau Canal and is ideally situated between Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Syracuse, New York.

Kingston also boasts a lengthy and distinguished curling legacy. Established in 1820, the Royal Kingston Curling Club is the second-oldest curling club in Canada and one of the few to own official "Royal" designation.

On January 30, up-and coming curling superstars Team Mike McEwen of Winnipeg defeated six-time consecutive Ontario champions (and 2007 world champions) Team Glenn Howard in the final of the 2010 BDO Canadian Open. Thousands of chanting curling fans cheered the 5-4 extra-end thriller at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario and the match attracted a record 770,000 viewers on television.

Held annually since 2001-02, the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling is a series of four premier men's events that feature the deepest and strongest curling fields from across Canada and the world. 

Among the top men's team skips who compete in the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series are Olympic medallists Kevin Martin (Edmonton), Brad Gushue (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador) and Thomas Ulsrud (Oslo, Norway), and world champions Glenn Howard and Wayne Middaugh (Coldwater and Toronto, Ontario), Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg) and Kevin Koe and Randy Ferbey (Edmonton).

As the multi-year broadcast partner of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, CBC Sports will televise all playoff rounds of the 2011 BDO Canadian Open from the K-Rock Centre this December. This season, CBC-TV and iSport Media and Management have also partnered to offer Grand Slam coverage via international webstream, available via: www.grandslamofcurling.com/curlingtv

The Capital One Grand Slam of Curling events are closely tied to the Canadian Curling Association's qualifying process for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Through their performance in the Grand Slam events, Canadian teams can earn significant qualifying points towards securing a berth at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Trials.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

About Capital One

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard® credit cards since 1996, when the company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard® in Canada. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE:COF). Capital One is committed to promoting curling through the title sponsorship of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling and through grassroots initiatives such as the Capital One Rocks & Rings program.

About BDO

BDO is the fifth largest single national accounting and advisory firm in Canada with 95 offices nationwide. Our professionals have the expertise to serve owner-managed businesses, large enterprises, mid-market public companies, communities and non-profit organizations in a broad range of industries.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

The combined fee income of all the BDO Member Firms, including the members of their exclusive alliances, was $5.03 billion in 2009. The global network has 1,138 offices in 110 countries and more than 44,000 people provide advisory services throughout the world.

About iSport Media and Management

iSport Media and Management is Canada's leading athlete, digital media and event sponsorship company. iSport specializes in:

  • World-class athlete representation in marketing, media and sponsorships

  • Leading edge digital media strategies and operations

  • Event development, execution and sponsorship sales

  • Sport Federation sponsorship sales and strategic counsel

For more information visit: isportmedia.com

Contact Information

  • FOR CURLING QUERIES
    George Karrys
    Director of Communications,
    Capital One Grand Slam of Curling
    416-605-2515
    george@isportonline.com
    or
    FOR KINGSTON AND AREA QUERIES
    Rob Carnegie
    Director, Tourism Marketing & Development,
    Tourism Kingston
    613-544-2725 ext.7245
    carnegie@kingstoncanada.com
    or
    FOR VENUE & TICKET SALE QUERIES
    Kate Kristiansen
    Marketing and Sales, K-Rock Centre
    613-650-5065
    kkristiansen@k-rockcentre.com
    or
    FOR LOCAL COMMITTEE QUERIES
    Ken Thompson
    Chair, Local Organizing Committee
    2011 BDO Canadian Open
    kjtmkt@sympatico.ca