The Prince George committee has responded to Curling Canada's announcement this morning.
“While we’re disappointed with the decision from Curling Canada, we’re encouraged by the support our bid received locally and from all over northern BC,” Mayor Lyn Hall said in a release. “More than 2400 people bought ticket deposits and they weren’t all from Prince George. In fact, residents of 15 communities from 150 Mile House to Terrace also bought tickets and demonstrated how this bid has really been well-received by the whole region. I would also like to express appreciation to the Government of BC for supporting our application to bring the Brier to BC and to Prince George.”
Great to spend some time with @CurlingCanada today as we announced the #Brier is coming to #Kingston! Very much appreciated learning about how the curling community is committed to #RowansLaw, supporting local communities, and growing the sport. pic.twitter.com/LKL3bkrgU7— Sylvia Jones (@SylviaJonesMPP) November 1, 2018
Those 2,417 that bought presale tickets will receive refunds. Tourism Prince George has announced the following procedures:
Credit Card purchases:
Customers who purchased their 2020 Brier Bid deposit with a credit card will have the Deposit price automatically reversed beginning Monday, November 05, 2018. Please be advised credit card refunds can take between 5-10 days to post. Please contact the TicketsNorth Box Office (at the CN Centre) at BoxOffice@ticketsnorth.ca if a credit card refund has not occurred by Wednesday, November 21st.
Cash or Debit purchases:
Customers who purchased 2020 Brier Bid deposits using cash or a debit card at the TicketsNorth Box Office (at the CN Centre) can return to the TicketsNorth Box Office (at the CN Centre) ONLY for a refund no sooner than Monday, November 05 at 10:00 a.m. Only the purchaser of the 2020 Brier Bid deposit, with valid photo ID, may receive the refund in the form of the original payment method. The TicketsNorth Box Office (at the CN Centre) is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
Please note: Refunds must be completed by Friday, November 30, 2018, end of business day.
“Prince George put together an outstanding bid and really made our job difficult in coming up with a final decision, but that’s a very good problem to have from our standpoint,” Director of Communications and Media Relations for Curling Canada Al Cameron said in the release. "The bid committee certainly gave us many compelling reasons to seriously consider Prince George for future events.”
Curling Canada announced earlier this morning (Nov. 1) that Kingston, Ont. will be the host site for the 2020 Brier.
Prince George announced they would put the city in the running earlier this year.
The four cities were Prince George, Kingston, St. Catharines, Ont. and Moncton, NB.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.