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Wausau Curling Center close to completion


A brand new curling facility in Wausau is almost finished and it promises to bring thousands of athletes to central Wisconsin.

The Wausau Curling Center will feature eight Olympic-sized sheets of ice. That's four more than the old Wausau Curling Club building. It will be the largest center of its kind in Wisconsin.

Wausau native Ken Schaefer can't wait for the new center to open. He's been practicing the sport for 20 years.

"You have to have some flexibility, but you don't have to be athletic at all," he said.

Schaefer is a member of the Wausau Curling Club. He's been volunteering his time to help finish Wausau's new curling facility.

"The passion is unbelievable really. There's lots and lots of people that have put their time into this."

The multi-million dollar facility was paid for by donations. Wausau Curling Club President Corey Sandquist told Newsline 9 it will benefit the entire community by bringing athletes from all over the country to Wausau.

"Five to 10 years we've been looking into this project and to finally have it come to fruition is just super exciting," Sandquist said.

Tourism officials agree with him.

"We think there's a lot of opportunities to bring additional attention to the area because a facility of that scope has the capabilities to be possibly an Olympic training facility," Wausau Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director Darien Schaefer said.

Crews hope to start making ice next week. 

"These are Olympic-size regulation curling sheets, 16 feet wide," Sandquist said.

That means the curling club can host bigger tournaments and draw high-caliber athletes to the area. Sandquist said the club has already been approached about bidding for a future Olympic qualifying event.

For now, Ken Schaefer said he's happy to volunteer his time, even washing windows, just to get back onto the ice.

"I'm excited. I can't wait to start curling," he said.

The center is scheduled to open December 1st.

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