Curling's Continental Cup making its outside-Canada debut in Las Vegas

An Elvis Impersonator throws a rock (on wheels) on a special fake ice surface during a press...

An Elvis Impersonator throws a rock (on wheels) on a special fake ice surface during a press kick-off for the World Financial Group Continental Cup to be held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo Supplied)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

LAS VEGAS - Curling. Las Vegas.

Believe it. And stop laughing.

"This will very likely be the biggest curling event in the United States, other than the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games," said Jon Killoran, head of the organizing committee.

Actually, Jon, bigger than that, too.

"Our biggest was the Grand Forks, Worlds in 2008," said Rick Patzke, COO of Curling USA of the Kevin Martin-won event which drew a paid attendance of 36,568 for 23 draws.

The Salt Lake 2002 Olympics, people forget, had a 1,900-seat venue in Ogden. For the combined mens and womens draws the Olympic curling recorded an attendance of 40,572.

This event, the World Financial Group Continental Cup, lasts only four days, not 16. And it only has 11 draws, not 30 like the Olympics.

"We expect such a gathering of the world's curling family here in Las Vegas will set a new Continental Cup attendance record. We anticipate over 45,000 to come streaming through the doors of the Orleans Arena


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