This week the Missoula Independent ran a great cover story outlining the growth of curling in Missoula (and really Montana). We really recommend that all our members and other folks read the piece as it outlines our growth over that past six years and why it is really important to develop new ice in Missoula to support all our sports.
The story features lots of pictures and quotes from folks within the club, as well as this critical point:
But six years of rampant growth has put local curlers in a tough spot. With only two rinks in town to divide among a multitude of interests—figure skating, public skating and various hockey leagues—time on the ice has become a precious commodity. [Curling Club President Barry] Bollenbacher says Glacier Ice Rink has been extremely accommodating to curling, going so far as to host regular Friday [open curling] events to help introduce more people to the sport. But for curling to realize its full potential in Missoula, it’ll need more time, more space and more infrastructure than it currently has. And the solution may lie in the long-awaited redevelopment of the Missoula County Fairgrounds.
The story even got the attention of USA Curling, who posted it to Facebook on December 9.
The Club is working with Glacier Ice Rink as well as the City and County to try and develop new ice opportunities in the coming years. Your continued support — whether as a full or social member or simply someone interested in watching the sport — is critical to those conversations.
Thanks for all your support and we will see you on the ice.