Ontario skip Rachel Homan celebrates after defeating Manitoba in the gold medal match at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The next move for Homan at the women’s world curling championship is the top of the podium after silver and bronze medals in previous appearances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Countdown is on for Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton

Tickets for all games available from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 at the SOEC

The countdown is on for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton as provincial and territorial play downs that will decide 14 of the 16 teams will be underway soon.

Those 14 champions will be joined by Team Canada’s Rachel Homan, the 2017 Scotties champ, as well as the winner of the Wild Card game on Friday, Jan. 26, at the South Okanagan Events Centre between the top two teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System who failed to advance from their playdowns.

Related: Volunteer numbers top 300 for Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Should Homan’s team prevail at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings in Ottawa to earn the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, its spot in Penticton would be taken by 2017 Scotties runner-up Michelle Englot of Manitoba.

Team B.C.’s preliminary-round draws for the 2018 Scotties have been assigned: Draws 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13. The final preliminary round match-ups will be determined once all of the provinces and territories teams are declared via the provincial and territorial play-downs.

Curling fans now have their pick of which tickets they want to purchase to watch the next Canadian women’s curling champion crowned. All remaining single-draw tickets will go on sale Thursday (Dec. 7) at 10 a.m., giving fans the most flexibility to pick and choose which draws they want to attend from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 at the SOEC.

Related: Friday night curling showdown at Scotties

These new offers are in addition to other single tickets that start at $19.50. As of Thursday, you can buy single-draw tickets for every round-robin draw as well as playoff games right on through to the gold-medal game.

Friday (Feb. 2) games are priced at $29.50, Saturday (Feb. 3) page playoff games and Sunday’s (Feb. 4) semifinal are $32.50, and the championship final on Sunday is $37.50.

Here’s a look at the other single-draw ticket options

$19.50 — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning

$22.50 — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon

$24.50 — Sunday (Jan. 28) all draws, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening

$29.50 — Opening Day (Jan. 27) all draws

Other options include day packages starting at $49, the opening weekend package for $89, and the championship weekend package at $189. Full event packages are also still available.

All tickets are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees. Tickets are available in person at the SOEC box office, online at curling.ca/tickets or 1-877-763-2849.

After each draw, the party will move over to the World Famous HeartStop Lounge, located at the nearby Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. It will be open to everyone for the duration of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Along with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the athletes, the HeartStop Lounge will offer live music, dancing, drinks and food, as well as interactive activities for the entire family. For the first time, the HeartStop Lounge will be cashless; tokens won’t be used or accepted.

TSN/RDS2 will provide complete coverage of every draw at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Just Posted

Province not doing enough for forestry sector, say Liberals

Although Minister of Forests says government working to diversify industry, rural economies

Local company Northern Homecraft wins big at Northern B.C. awards

Vanderhoof company won in two categories for homes built in Fort St. James area

Stolen truck involved in fatal collision on Highway 16

Wednesday’s two-vehicle crash killed one man, 23, and injured two others

UPDATE: West Fraser to permanently reduce production in Quesnel, Fraser Lake

The move will affect 75 employees in Quesnel, 60 in Fraser Lake

Feedback sought on environmental impacts of New Gold’s proposed Blackwater Mine

Public is invited to comment in final round of consultation

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

Quesnel fed up with detour, urges Ottawa to speed up road repair

West Fraser Road has been on detour since spring 2018, with no plans to repair washout until 2020

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read