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03-26-18 01:57PM
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Attendance at North Bay.

What did they do to attract such good crowds? I can't remember any championships in Ontario drawing nearly this well. It seems especially hard to believe considering it was an Olympic year and there has been so much coverage. Hope it translates into more curlers in that area. Very impressed that the organisers must have done a good job. Hopefully some lessons to learn for other hosts.

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Re: Attendance at North Bay.

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What did they do to attract such good crowds? I can't remember any championships in Ontario drawing nearly this well. It seems especially hard to believe considering it was an Olympic year and there has been so much coverage. Hope it translates into more curlers in that area. Very impressed that the organisers must have done a good job. Hopefully some lessons to learn for other hosts.


Jennifer Jones is great for TV - even better for live crowds. Her games are almost always interesting - the fact she carried an unbeaten record into the playoff run was quite instrumental.
Remember only 1 Canadian team at this event - if Jones had fallen flat (like Homan did at the Olympics) then the crowds probably average under 2500 per draw - perhaps 40,000-45,000 for entire event.
Also remember no proven champion like Princess Muirhead, no TV stars like Anna Sidorova and no Bingyu Wang from China.

Jamie Sinclair (USA) was an unproven commodity but it didn't hurt for her to stay in the battle until Jones finally took her out in the semi-final. She was from Ontario - dual citizen or somesuch.

But I'd put at least 75% of the fantastic crowds to Jones - her personality - her team charisma - Jill Officer story - her style of play - etc.

When you pay to see Jennifer Jones you get your money's worth!

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Now let's hear from somebody that was there and contributed or worked hard to make it a big success from an organization and promotional perspective.

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Jennifer was at Penticton, crowds were not so great there.

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Remember the crowds in Ottawa when Rachael Homan won the Scotties. Wow, impressive. I
don't think they cared too much for JJ. Homan is a big t.v. draw as well. Looking forward to the next Grand Slam.

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North Bay hosted the Cdn mixed in 2015 which was successful and success breeds success, Volunteers are eager to participate again, local sponsors had already seen benefits and really what else is there to in NB on a Tuesday night. The Battalion had to leave town.
Also the CC and WCF have finally realized that a 3500 seat arena that is full is much better than a 7000 seat arena with 3500 people attending. Optics!
(Can anyone say empty seats for the Trials in Ottawa?)

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I think it was simply the right event in the right place at the right time.

Event was right after the Olympics and benefited from all the Curling exposure.

I was there as a volunteer and North Bay was awesome and extremely welcoming to out of towners. It could draw from the GTA area and Ottawa as well with manageable drives.

Congrats to North Bay!

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