Curling involves four players sliding a 40 pound stone down a 140-foot sheet of ice to score points inside of four circles called “the house.” Whichever team scores the most points after eight ends of play wins the game.
“It’s got some strategy to it,” he said. “Placement of those rocks, how do I outmaneuver my opponent … A lot of people call it ‘chess on ice.’”
The sport, which is played on rubber-soled shoes, includes participants from a wide variety of groups, Penney said.
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“It’s a pretty accessible game,” he said. “It really draws in a lot of science-minded people. There’s a wide variety of professions that get involved in the sport.”
The sport’s popularity has increased following the gold medal earned by Team USA in the 2018 Olympics, Penney said.
The nearly 12,000-square foot facility features world-class curling ice construction for its more than 100 members, who hail from as far south as Hebron, Independence and Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and as far north as Tipp City.
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It also is expected to help the club double its numbers to more than 200 members and allow it to offer corporate events to help grow the sport.
The Cincinnati Curling Club offers "Learn to Curl" classes and curling leagues for all levels of play. Upcoming Learn to Curl sessions, which cost $45, include 8:30 p.m. today, 6:15 p.m. Nov. 20, 1 p.m. Nov. 30. and 10 a.m. Dec. 14. All equipment is provided.
Being a member costs $550 per year and allows a person to play in as many leagues as they wish, as well as clinics with World Championship athletes.