Curling fans flocked to Vegas over Brier

There have been noticeably fewer spectators at the Brier this year. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

There have been noticeably fewer spectators at the Brier this year. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - It's one of the goofiest things to happen in the admittedly screwy history of the sport where they throw rocks at houses.

Who would have ever figured that the decidedly daffy Continental Cup, an event that features singles, mixed doubles and skins games held in Las Vegas would out-draw the 85th Brier in Canada in average per draw attendance with all the grand national rock concert's built in tradition and history?

It's now, unquestionably, going to work out that way here.

How did this happen?

Believe it or not, it's because the fans who usually go to the Brier every year decided to go to Las Vegas this year instead.

"I think Las Vegas got a lot of them," said Brier boss Warren Hansen. "I think a lot of people went there who would have come here.

"We talked to the people there and asked them if they hadn't gone to Las Vegas would they have come here and they said 'yes.' "

About 4,000 all-event passes were sold to Canadians and 44% of those were sold to Albertans and 22% fans from Saskatchewan.


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