Curling. In Rochester, Minnesota.
INAUGURAL SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Founded in 2017, Curling Club of Rochester (CCR) is a volunteer-led organization committed to bringing the great sport of curling back to the city of Rochester, Minnesota.
While curling is a popular pastime throughout the state, and Rochester was once a part of this community, there is currently nowhere to curl in or near the city. We are working to secure a facility where local curlers, potential curlers and, curious onlookers can meet, play, and socialize together.
In our inaugural season, we: organized nine (9) Learn to Curl events at our local arena and existing clubs in the region, formed four (4) Recreational Leagues at our local arena, facilitated eight (8) Outdoor Curling Pop-up events at a local bar & restaurant, hosted twelve (12) Social Gatherings, and had representation at six (6) Bonspiels — all creating opportunities for both new and experienced curlers to play and connect in our community. In our first year, over 1,000 individuals participated in events hosted by CCR.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
We have learned that the demand for curling in our community is strong. The stones and equipment used in our inaugural season were on loan from the US Curling Association (USCA). We are grateful for their support and were thrilled to see the overwhelming response to curling in Rochester! The USCA stones have moved on to a new curling club, and now we are in the process of purchasing new stones and equipment of our own. To make this possible, fundraising is our major focus this fall:
We have applied for, and were awarded, multiple grants to support our equipment and facility needs.
We committed to the purchase of four sheets of curling stones (8 sets/64 stones) from Kettle Moraine Curling Club in Hartland, Wisconsin.
We are actively seeking sponsorships to cover the cost of these stones and other essential equipment.
We are also looking at options for additional ice time to provide opportunities for both experienced and new curlers to join our growing group:
We are working with our local arena (the Rochester Recreation Center) to identify additional days/time that the rink is available for curling.
We are researching potential venues for a long-term, dedicated curling facility. To become a reality, a capital campaign will be essential.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT
Please click the link below to learn more about opportunities to support the next phase of our Club’s growth, and consider sharing with others in your personal and professional networks. Contact us to discuss additional ideas for partnership. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your support!