Curling, once a sport with just a small following, has gained significant popularity since it appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Today, it is the fastest growing Olympic sport, which has led to new curling clubs popping up across the country—including Dakota Curling in Lakeville, MN.
Dakota Curling got its start in 2006, renting ice at a nearby rink on Sundays for a few hours. Over the years, membership has continued to grow and president Darcy Ellarby saw the need for a dedicated location to reduce ice fees and give the club control over the ice conditions and programming.
In early 2017, the nonprofit organization moved into a space in downtown Lakeville formerly occupied by Total Hockey. At approximately 26,000 square feet, the rink has six curling ice sheets that are 15 feet wide, and a large club room with a bar and food service. With this move, Dakota Curling became the only dedicated curling club south of the river in the Twin Cities and one of a handful metro-wide. The large space allows for the club to host national events, including the upcoming Mixed National Championship in March. Since opening its doors just a year ago, the club has gone from 100 members to nearly 600.
Dakota Curling offers learn-to-curl classes, drop-in curling and leagues designed to accommodate players of all ages, experience levels and physical abilities. In October 2018, Hot Shots Curling Camp will come to Dakota Curling, offering an intensive three days of education on all things curling related, both on and off the ice. Courses will be taught by top curling talent from both the U.S. and Canada. The club also offers private rentals for groups anywhere from 8 to 150 people. Most private events last two hours long and include instruction and use of all equipment. The clubroom and bar can be used for corporate meetings, weddings, and other events, with or without an on-ice experience. Private events
can be booked during daytime hours seven days a week and also on Wednesday or Saturday evenings.
Thanks to a grant from the World Curling Federation, Dakota Curling was the site of a weekend-long appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Korab from January 26-28, 2018. Korab was the lead for the gold medal-winning Canadian men’s team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Events included an open house, pub crawl, club social and pizza party, with opportunities to meet and interact with Korab.
Olympian Allison Pottinger will provide a private curling demonstration at Dakota Curling on January 30, 2018. Allison currently lives in Eden Prairie, was born in Canada and learned to curl in Quebec. She has played in multiple U.S. National Championships and was on the U.S. World Championship team in 2003, winning the Gold Medal. She competed in the Olympics in 2010 and 2014.
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