USA Curling Awards 2017 National Championship To Everett, Wash.

Chris Daniels, KING 5 News, November 13, 2015 
EVERETT, Wash. -- USA Curling has announced that the 2017 National Championships will be held at Everett's Xfinity Arena. It provides a certain level of vindication to the Granite Curling Club in North Seattle, which has been a national power in the under covered Olympic sport.

"It's really exciting for the Curling Club," said Brady Clark, a 15-time national curling champion. "I don't think people know how much tradition there is and how many national championships we have."

Granite campaigned to bring the games here, touting the local interest in the sport.

"We are a club of champions, we have more championships than any other club in the United States," Harry Saylor said. "It's a big deal because it's going to expose our sport to the Pacific Northwest region."

The championships are the week of February 11-18, 2017. They will be the final opportunity for teams to earn points towards becoming Team USA for subsequent world championships events.

"The Granite Curling Club and Snohomish County Sports Commission put together an exceptional bid to host these championships, and we couldn't be more pleased to be bringing them back to the Seattle area for the first time in two decades," said Rick Patzke, chief executive officer of USA Curling, in a prepared statement. "The Granite Curling Club itself has a long and storied history of competitive success, with the most recent chapter being the celebration of the 2015 World Senior Champions. This is truly a club of champions, and we are confident that their partnership with Snohomish County will make for a successful and memorable national championship in 2017."

Clark added it will also give him the first chance, in a long career, to compete on such a local, grand stage.

"To be able to play in front of friends and family, to have the support locally, I'm really excited about that," Clark said.