With the Tim Hortons Brier in town, the ever-so famous Brier Patch is back, but this time at the newly-constructed International Trade Centre building.
There’s been a number of changes to the Patch this time, including a cash and card system rather than drink tokens.
Curling Canada Event Manager Rob Dewhirst says the change comes with the change in times.
“Everybody’s got a debit card or credit card, it makes the processing a lot faster and quicker,” Dewhirst says. “For example it makes one line where you can buy the drink and leave the counter with your drink. Remember in the days in the past, you had to line up twice; once to buy a token or get a ticket, then go over to the bar to get your drink.”
Meanwhile, the snowfall has created a bit of a struggle as well for the event, with volunteers unable to make it for shifts.
Dewhirst says staff have been able to adjust to properly in order to serve guests to the event.
“By and large, it’s gone pretty well. Sure, there’s fans stuck along the way, also we’ve had volunteers saying they can’t get here, and ‘can you please tell my other person that I’m going to make a shift’,” Dewhirst says. “You have to persevere.”
The Brier continues until Sunday at Evraz Place.