Sunday, October 6, 2013

Is This LONDON or Pittsburgh?!

The first night of league curling is in the books for the 2013-2014 season, and while club members made the best of the evening, conditions on the ice were about as far from ideal as they could get while still having ice.

By 9:00 PM October 5th, after an unseasonably warm day in the 80s, the air temperature had settled to only 69°F, and humidity was high due to the all-day rain storms. The only ice we have available to play on is housed in a building open to the outdoors on 2 sides, one at each end of our ice. What these factors create is FOG so thick, you can't see even 80 feet in front of you. This means skips and teammates can't see each other, making it impossible to see the calls being made or even to see the house. These factors also cause all the pebble to disappear and the ice surface to become very frosty. This means that getting any rocks down the ice involves throwing very hard and sweeping harder and faster than ever. Everyone was beat by the middle of their games last night.

This is only one of the many reasons we need our own dedicated curling facility! In our own facility, we can control humidity and temperature, ensuring that each game is playable, safe, and fun. Our goal is to have a building ready for the 2014-2015 season, with groundbreaking in March 2014. Please help us achieve that goal by DONATING TODAY to our fundraising effort. Any amount helps, and gifts of $75 or more receive a Building Sponsor pin as a thank-you.

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