May 02, 2013 - 3:51 PM
It has been more than six months since the announcement Kamloops would be hosting the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier and now the countdown is on as the host committee works to gather enough volunteers to run the event.
Canadian Curling Association director of event operations and media Warren Hansen was in Kamloops Thursday and talked about ticket sales and volunteer opportunities with the national curling event.
“It's a Canadian institution, the number one curling event in the world,” Hansen said of the Brier, “but it's a lot more than just what's on the ice.”
While close to 300 volunteers have already registered for the event another 220 are needed said volunteer chairman Norm Daley.
“We're about halfway there. I was happy with the numbers we had and then I was told I need more,” Daley said.
While the focus right now is getting people to help with marketing, there will be a lot of opportunities for volunteers to participate in the actual event March 1-9. Currently there appears to be a lack of volunteers for the Brier Patch, Hansen said, which is normally an area that fills up quickly because of the interaction volunteers get with the athletes and the fans.
Hansen notes while ticket sales are on par with the past few years they expect a push by fall that will see tickets sell quickly.
“Right now there's a lot of good seats available, but that won't last.”
There are about 4,000 tickets available for the nine-day event, which will also see 65 live hours of television time on TSN.
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