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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2016 Curling National Championships is being hosted for the first time in the Sunshine State in Jacksonville, Fla.

"We extend a warm welcome to a cool sport," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. "Jacksonville has become a premier venue and destination for a wide range of major sporting events, and we're honored to have the 2016 Curling National Championships in our city. We look forward to hosting America's top curling teams, as well as their fans from far and wide."

The event is scheduled for February 6-13, 2016. According to a press release from the office of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, the venue for the event is the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

"This decision was made based upon a very strong bid from the various partners in Jacksonville, as well as many, many meetings between USA Curling and Jacksonville that have convinced all of us that this is a good move for many reasons," said Rick Patzke, USA Curling chief operating officer. "In the past year, curling has landed on island shores (Hawaii) and drawn thousands of followers to the desert (Las Vegas), so the seeds are sown for this to be a strategic opportunity to both grow the sport and the national championships in a welcoming environment."

The weeklong event features the top 20 men's and women's teams competing for the chance to represent the U.S. at the 2016 world championships.

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