Martensville Curling Club seeks expanded footprint

With about 200 members and an increasing variety of leagues and programs, the Martensville Curling Club (MCC) is on a solid footing.
But it’s also looking to increase its revenue, expand its footprint and increase its services in the coming year.
In a presentation to Martensville City Council on Tuesday, June 5, MCC President Don Miller and MCC Vice-President Clint Dieno outlined the club’s proposals for the 2019-2020 season.
“We’re working hard to keep the curling club active and financially viable,” said Miller. “We’ve been pretty successful in getting companies to sponsor ice sheets, and frankly, I think we have one of the best looking rinks in the area.
“But we still need to increase our sponsorships,” he added, suggesting the city may want to look at becoming an ice-sheet sponsor in exchange for the club taking on a bigger chunk of the building’s operating expenses.
“Right now, the city pays 60 per cent of the power bill for the Martensville Sports Centre building over the winter months, while the club pays 40 per cent,” said Miller.
If the city sponsors an ice sheet for $2,000 the first year and $1,500 annually after that, that amount could be deducted from the invoice for power expenses sent to the curling club by the city. The benefit to the city would be that the city’s logo would be on the ice sheet, increasing visibility, particularly during provincial bonspiels. Miller said two provincial bonspiels are scheduled for Martensville next season.
The MCC is also looking to increase its revenue by expanding its upstairs lounge area.
MCC Vice-President Clint Dieno said currently during the winter months, between a dozen and two dozen people attending hockey games in the adjacent rink slip over to the curling club lounge between periods.
“They’re in and out in under ten minutes,” said Dieno. “We would like to propose there be a space over the top of the mezzanine overlooking the hockey rink that we could use full time, or most of the time.
“If we could expand our lounge to occupy the hockey rink side we would be able to provide patrons with a place to watch the hockey game.”
Dieno said the current fire wall between the two rinks would remain, and access to the hockey rink upper viewing area would be restricted. Patrons would only be able to enter through the curling rink lounge, he said. Curling club volunteers would be responsible for ensuring the space is operated according to the club’s current license.
Dieno said the club would work with other community groups that currently use the hockey rink upstairs mezzanine to ensure a cooperative arrangement is reached that benefits everyone.
Council took the proposals under consideration. Decisions on both proposals will come up at a future council meeting.