The Swift Current Broncos Board of Directors would like to clarify their support for the 2010 Ford World Curling Championships. At no time as an organization were we ever against the concept of the World Curling Championship being held in our city.
Timing of the event relative to the start of the first round of the playoffs has been the only concern for the hockey club. Finding an alternative location to play the home playoff games will present the most significant challenge and must be approved by the Western Hockey League.
Having said this, the Broncos organization fully endorses and will unconditionally support the city in helping to make the Ford World Curling Championship event the best it can be. We realize the tremendous economic and social benefit for our best supporters, the City of Swift Current along with residents and businesses from across Southwest Saskatchewan.
The process to overcome the challenges has already begun. WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, Mayor Sandy Larson and members of the Broncos’ Board of Directors have already met and agreed to work together to find solutions to the numerous dynamics in staging Broncos playoff games outside Swift Current with consideration for the Broncos and our fans.
Head Coach and General Manager of the Broncos Dean Chynoweth says: “This is a major event for our city. We will work with our partners including the City and the WHL to address the challenges created by the timing of this event”.
Chairman of the Broncos’ Board Joe Arling adds: “The City is our partner and, knowing the financial impacts and the opportunities that come with hosting such a prestigious event, we will be fully committed to making the dynamics of this work. The WHL has also agreed to help make this as seamless as possible”.>
The Broncos Board of Governors first order of business will be to target potential venues which meet WHL standards that could host our 2010 first round playoff games. That process will start early in the New Year and will be done in partnership with the WHL.