World number 1 ranked and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste Marie, along with 2021 Tim Hortons Brier Champions Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton, highlight a star-studded field set to take the ice at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current.
Regina’s Matt Dunstone will join four-time Brier Champion Kevin Koe of Calgary as the four teams ranked inside the World Rankings Top 10. Japan (Yuta Matsumura) and Korea’s (SooHyuk Kim) designated Olympic teams will be among those playing a triple knockout format, with the 8-team single knockout championship round on Thanksgiving Monday.
IG Wealth Management has come on board as title sponsor to support this launch event for Curling Stadium broadcasts from the event as we’re working towards making every sheet available to the fans to watch.
“IG Wealth Management is honoured to be the title sponsor for the first Westrn Showdown welcoming 24 elite curling team to Swift Current,” said Ron Eichel, on behalf of the local IG Wealth Management financial consultants.
“It is also a first for the showcasing innovative new broadcasts for Curling Stadium. Catch the action in person or stream it at home.”
SaskTel Curling Stadium Swift Current has been outfitted with four high-definition (HD) cameras on every sheet with the ability to remote produce content from anywhere in the world.
“We will have to ability to broadcast every sheet inside the facility and pick whichever games we can to feature while making all other sheets available to fans on a more basic stream,” said CurlingZone President Gerry Geurts.
All games will be available on CurlingZone’s Youtube channel and linked through the scoreboard at www.curlingzone.com. Search on Youtube for “CurlingZone”.
Jacobs opens Friday at 8 am Sask Time / Mountain Time against Saskatoon’s Michael Carss, winners of the Craven Sports Services Classic in Martensville two weeks ago. Bottcher also plays on the 8 am draw
against Regina’s Sam Wills. Dunstone takes to the ice at 11:15 am against Cody Mitchell of Swift Current, and Koe gets the late start at 2:30 pm against Saskatoon’s Rylan Kleiter.
Team Jacobs will be broadcasting all games through Curling Stadium while Team Koe will be utilizing the Curling Stadium platform. Curling Stadium will also be providing international broadcast feeds of Korea’s SooHyuk Kim and Japan’s Yuta Matsumura.
Games continue through the weekend, with the championship game played at 5 pm on Monday.
Story courtesy CurlingZone.com