While many curling clubs play on ice dedicated for curling, there are some — including the South Shore Curling Club — who share ice with hockey players, figure skaters, and public skaters. By renting ice time (in our case, from the Bridgewater Ice Arena) we’re able to start our club and curl without having to raise the thousands of dollars necessary to build and maintain a dedicated curling arena.
The major challenge in arena curling is ice quality. Since the ice is shared with skaters and is maintained by large ice resurfacing machines, it can be difficult to maintain a perfectly flat sheet of ice. Sometimes you just have to “play the ice” and work with how the rocks are falling that particular day. And since we’re sharing the ice with skaters, before we curl we need to bring out our rocks from storage and prep the ice (sweeping, pebbling, drawing the houses, and installing the hacks) and, of course, return the rocks back to storage when we’re done.
While we dream of having our own dedicated curling facility one day, for now we’re just happy to be curling!
(Excerpted from Wikipedia)