The Tim Hortons Brier is probably the truest of any Canadian sporting championship. Fifteen teams, representing each of Curling Canada’s 14 Member Associations as well as the defending champion Team Canada, compete for the Brier Tankard, the refurbished silver trophy that was presented to the winners of the Brier during Macdonald Tabacco’s 50-year sponsorship. The trophy was re-introduced in 2001 in Ottawa at the first Nokia Brier, when the famed Labatt Brier Tankard was retired after the 2000 Brier in Saskatoon.
The City of St. John’s Newfoundland was successful in their bid for the 2017 Tim Horton’s Brier. This is the first time the Brier will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador in over four decades. The Canadian men’s curling championship will be held at Mile One Center in downtown St. John’s on March 4-12.
Mile One Center is an indoor arena and entertainment venue located in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and is home of the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Opened in May 2001 as Mile One Stadium, the centre’s name comes from it being located at the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway. At full capacity the arena can seat 7,000 people.