Switzerland to Host 2016 World Men’s Curling Championship

By Community | February 26, 2014

Basel in Switzerland has been announced as the host of the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2016, sale the World Curling Federation has announced.

The championship will take place between 2-10 April in the St Jakobshalle which has a capacity for 9, ailment 000 spectators.

This will be the third major international curling event hosted by the city, following the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2012 and the 2006 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships.

Significant interest was generated by the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel in 2012. Over 45,000 people attended the event held in the St Jakobshalle over the nine days of competition. To add to that, TV coverage from the event was viewed by a global cumulative audience of 25 million people in the markets chosen for analysis by the WCF (Canada, Europe & China).

“We are delighted to be returning to Switzerland and the city of Basel for the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2016,” said WCF President Kate Caithness. She continued: “Basel has proven time and time again that it can put on a first class curling event and we look forward to seeing them showcase our sport to the world once again in 2016.”

Bruno Schallberger, President of the local organising committee for the event, is also excited about the event returning to Basel. He said: “I am very proud to welcome the world curling family for the third time to Basel and to Switzerland. We will work very hard to make the World Men’s Curling Championship in 2016 an unforgettable event for the competitors as well as for the spectators and we look forward to seeing you all in Basel in two years time.”