The ice is in, the rocks are ready, and all that’s missing are the fans filing into Mosaic Place.
“I’m expecting it to be crazy,” said Chris Schubert.
Down the block from the hockey rink-turned-curling arena, Schubert is getting his restaurant, Rosie’s on River Street, ready for the busy week ahead.
“It’s the place to be,” Schubert said. “It’s going to be happening from 11 o’clock in the morning to late at night.
“We’ll have the games on draws mornings, afternoons and evenings.”
Rosie’s is dubbed Team Saskatchewan‘s headquarters for the tournament. Like many storefronts across the city, the restaurant is already decorated in green and white curling gear from the inside out, with welcome messages for Scotties attendees.
Rosie’s is just one of eight restaurants acting as “designated houses” for visiting fans.
“It’s called rock the house,” City of Moose Jaw spokesperson Craig Hemingway said.
“We’ve got designated places. If you’re Team Quebec, for instance, your house this week is The Mad Greek on Main Street and assorted restaurants throughout town.
“Whether you want to go and congregate with people from your own province or go into enemy territory … you can have some fun that way.”
This is the second time the Friendly City has hosted the Scotties in the last five years.
“It’s very incredible,” Hemingway said. “It really speaks to the level of support our community shows for these events, the hundreds of volunteers that have shown up, our business community and the residents.”
The city is also offering free transit for anyone who has a ticket to one of the draws.
New since the last time Moose Jaw hosted the event, parking metres near the rink have also been extended to curling-friendly hours.
“The time limit was expanded to three hours to allow for the regular time of the curling games,” Hemingway said.
The 10-day tournament kicks off with the Wild Card draw Friday at 7:30 p.m.
All teams will be in action Saturday.
A full schedule can be found here.
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