Rocks sit in the rings as Team Manitoba battles Team British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Kamloops, B.C., has been selected as the host city of the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Rocks sit in the rings as Team Manitoba battles Team British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Kamloops, B.C., has been selected as the host city of the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Kamloops, B.C., to host 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Kamloops has never hosted the women’s championship

Kamloops, B.C., has been selected as the host city of the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The Canadian women’s curling championship will be at the Sandman Centre Feb. 17-26, 2023.

“Hosting the Scotties Tournament of Hearts is a huge opportunity for a host city to promote itself and generate economic activity for local business, and it’s why it’s such a competitive process for bidding cities,” said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson.

It will be the 42nd edition of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Kamloops has never hosted the women’s championship before but it did host the Tim Hortons Brier in 1996 and 2014.

The Sandman Centre, which opened in 1992, has a capacity of 5,464 seats, and is the home of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers.

Kamloops will be just the fifth city that has hosted all four major Season of Champions events — the Brier, the Tournament of Hearts, the world men’s championship and the world women’s championship.

“Kamloops has had a rich tradition with curling events, and we know that this one will be no exception,” said Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian. “We are beyond thrilled with the opportunity to again showcase our City and to have been selected to host this prestigious championship.”

The others are Winnipeg; Brandon, Man.; Saint John, N.B.; and Lethbridge, Alta.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 6, 2022.

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