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Wausau soon to be the home of state-of-the-art curling facility


WAUSAU (WAOW) --  The Wausau Curling Club announced plans on Thursday for a one of a kid curling complex.  After a 16-acre donation from the Wausau Cemetery Association the club plans to break ground in the spring of 2012.

Curling is a sport of grace and finesse. Athletes hope the new curling facility will boost popularity.

"It will give everyone a chance to curl," Wausau Curling Club Vice President Jeff Stubbe said.

Wausau Curling Club leaders say the site, located on Kent Street in Wausau, next to an old landfill, will benefit curlers from beginners to long time veterans.

The three million dollar facility is funded though donations and fundraisers. So far, they have raised $2.3 million and leaders say they are on track to reach their goal.

"We have community minded folks and foundations that are behind us," Stubbe said.

Matt Sandquist, a junior at Wausau West won a state curling championship.  He says not only will the new facility help the Warriors, but other area high schools.

"We will get more ice time, more time to practice. I think all the area high schools will get better," Sandquist said.

The Marathon Park facility has four sheets of ice.  The new complex would double that.  Club leaders say it will be the largest complex in the nation.

"The facility will allow us to host tournaments like national games, world championships, and even Olympic trials right here in Wausau, Wisconsin," Cal Tillisch, Co-chair of the fundraising for the new facility.

And curlers say big tournaments like that will bring in big tourism.

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