Friday, April 10, 2009

On the beach at Aberdeen

Season tickets are already on sale for the European Curling Championships in Aberdeen, December 4-12 (here). But the spectators, and indeed the competing teams, have not known which arena will be used for which event. Until now.

It had been the original plan of the organising committee to host the A Division in the newer Curl Aberdeen facility, with the B Division in the Linx Arena. For reasons of cost, this has now been reversed. The top European teams will now play in the Linx, on Aberdeen's beach front, the decision having been finalised after a meeting of the European Curling Federation executive in Moncton. The Linx already has considerable spectator seating, and is in easy reach of shops, cafes and restaurants... as well as the beach, of course!

The venue is currently closed for a major refurbishment, which includes a new ice plant. Doubts that it may not be ready in time have been dispelled by reassurances from George Esson and his organising team. The Linx is currently owned by Aberdeen City Council, and ECF President Andrew Ferguson-Smith received his own personal reassurance when he met the Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen on a recent visit to the city!

The Linx Arena, last month.

Curl Aberdeen

Top: Aberdeen beach opposite the Linx Arena, early one Sunday morning last month. Pics by Bob.

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