The 2024 US Men’s and Women’s Curling National Championships, a pivotal event in the world of curling, are set to be hosted in New Jersey, marking a significant moment for the state in the realm of major sporting events. Scheduled to take place from January 29th through February 4th, the championships will be held at The Rink at American Dream in East Rutherford, a venue that blends retail and entertainment within the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
This event is not just a national championship but also a crucial step for athletes aiming for the 2026 Winter Olympics. It will feature the top eight men's and women's teams from across the United States competing for national titles and the chance to represent the U.S. at the World Curling Championships, with the women's champion going to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the men's champion to Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
Among the competitors are a mix of Olympians, former NFL athletes, and local talents, highlighting the diversity and breadth of skill in American curling. Notable teams include Team Casper led by Danny Casper and Team Dropkin with members Andrew Stopera and Tom Howell, both of whom have roots in the New York and New Jersey area. Additionally, Team Dunnam and Team Anderson feature athletes from the Philadelphia area, illustrating the local connection and depth of talent in the region.
The venue, American Dream, is an innovative choice, providing not just the necessary facilities for an Olympic-level event but also an opportunity to expose a new audience to the sport of curling. The championships will take place on an NHL-sized rink, also home to the Metropolitan Riveters, a women's professional hockey team. The location within a busy retail and entertainment complex offers a unique way to engage the public and potentially draw new fans and participants to the sport.
The Rink at American Dream offers a unique combination of a sports facility within a major retail and entertainment complex. This setup is expected to attract visitors who might not traditionally attend curling events, potentially broadening the sport's appeal and fan base.
This event represents a significant opportunity for curling in the U.S., both in terms of athlete development and public engagement. With its mix of high-level competition and unique setting, the 2024 US Curling National Championships in New Jersey are set to be a landmark event in the sport.