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Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling’s International Debut in Las Vegas Postponed


Las Vegas (July 8, 2020) – Sportsnet has announced the postponement of the 2020-21 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling. As a result of the postponement, the MERIDIAN Open, originally set to take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas From January 12-17, 2021 will not take place at that time.  The decision to postpone the event is due to the continued uncertainly posed by ongoing risks of COVID-19.


As announced in February, Sports Nevada USA and Sportsnet had unveiled plans to host the 2021 MERIDIAN Open at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, positioning it as the first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event to take place outside of Canada. 


“We were really looking forward to writing the next new and historic chapter for the World’s Curling Oasis”, said Jon Killoran, Sports Nevada USA Chief Executive Officer.  “However, health and safety come first and there were just too many uncertainties to overcome between now and January.  We will miss reconnecting with the curlers, volunteers, sponsors and fans who have helped shape that history and those new ones, including the Sportsnet team and their sponsors, who would have joined them.” 


Although a new date has not been set for the MERIDIAN Open in Las Vegas, Sports Nevada USA and Sportsnet continue to work together to make such a historic first visit to the U.S. a reality in the future.


“The safety and well-being of the curlers, volunteers, fans, partners and employees is of the utmost importance to Sportsnet,” said Rob Corte, Vice President, Sportsnet and NHL Production. “Following careful thought and deliberation, we made the decision to postpone the season until we could safely deliver the world-class competition and intimate fan experience the Grand Slam series is known for.”


Fans who had purchased ticket packages to the MERIDIAN Open will be receiving a full refund as will those who placed deposits for accommodations at the event’s host property, The Orleans Hotel and Casino.


“No fans will take a loss on their tickets or hotel room, thanks to the great partnership we have with the Orleans team and Ticketmaster”, said Killoran.  “We are so appreciative of the great support fans showed in purchasing their MERIDIAN Open packages, the least we can do is get them timely refunds during these difficult times.”


For further inquiries specifically regarding the 2021 MERIDIAN Open Las Vegas:


Jon Killoran

CEO, Sports Nevada USA


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