Does another ballistic Brier need another NHL lockout?

Host committee representatives Trina Joly and Mark Johnson say ticket sales for the 2013 Tim...

Host committee representatives Trina Joly and Mark Johnson say ticket sales for the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier are going well. (Tom Braid)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 AM ET

EDMONTON - Three months to go. And they don’t really know.

Will the Edmonton 2013 Tim Hortons Brier be another sensational success story like the 2005 edition? Or fall significantly short of that?

As the organizing committee turned the calendar to December, they are able to report today that they did so with a healthy 122,736 tickets sold.

Other Brier hosts would be turning cartwheels from one end of the sheet to the other with that number.

Three months out and Edmonton 2013 has already eclipsed the final attendance totals of Hamilton 2007 (107,199), Halifax 2010 (107,242), London 2011 (113,626) and quite likely, in the next day or two, Regina 2006 (125,971). And the three-month-out total is only 7,264 short of what would be a 22-draw sellout in Kamloops next year.

But in 2005, a record 281,985 fans attended the most ballistic Brier in history. And that was six years after the curling capital of Canada set a record attendance with 242,887 in 1999.

“That numb


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