Ottawa welcomes the 2017 Roar of the Rings
Ottawa – The City’s reputation as a premiere destination for major sporting and cultural events continues to grow with the announcement that Ottawa will host the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings curling competition.
Curling Canada announced Monday that Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre will host the event, from December 2 to 10, 2017. The competition will determine which teams will represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“The City’s Bid More, Win More, Host More program continues to attract these world-class events to Ottawa, and the incredible success of this approach shows no signs of slowing,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Like all the events that have been awarded to the city since we adopted this approach in 2011, the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will have a significant impact on our local economy, enhancing our visibility on the world stage.”
The Bid More, Win More, Host More philosophy has become a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy. Since the program was launched, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $57 million for Ottawa’s economy.
“While the City’s approach has clearly helped with economic development, the number of sporting events we have been able to attract offers an added benefit for residents,” said Councillor Jody Mitic, the City’s Sports Commissioner. “These events give us a great opportunity to promote sport in general, encourage participation in an active lifestyle and to inspire young athletes.”
“Ottawa Tourism is proud to deliver another result in our Bid More, Win More, Host More program in partnership with the City of Ottawa,” says Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, “adding to the reasons why Ottawa is THE place to celebrate Canada’s big year in 2017. We also recognize that these destination successes are a team effort and we were pleased to partner with Senators Sports & Entertainment and the Province of Ontario to secure this event for Ottawa.”
Ottawa will enjoy a busy schedule in the coming years, with events that include the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year, the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference from 2017 to 2020, The Canadian Videogame Awards in 2017 and the 2017 and 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships. Past events include the 2013 Women’s World Hockey Championships, the 2013 Duathlon World Championship, the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards and the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.