Curling Comes to Lakeside
November 20, 2014
This winter season, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside is going beyond its popular ice skating and hockey offerings to bring to Brooklyn the Olympic sport of curling.
Popular in New York in the mid-19th century, curling is a game in which players slide heavy, polished granite stones, called rocks, toward a circular target marked on the ice. Curling has been enjoying a revival since being added to the Olympic games in 1998, but this is the first time it has been played in New York in more than a century.
The LeFrak Center is home to the official Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club, and currently the Center is offering classes for those interested in joining the league, with the hope of forming four tournament teams by January. The club is open to players of all levels of ability 21 years and older. For those new to the sport, four-week class sessions includes equipment, grippers for shoes, membership to the Grand National Curling Club and a complimentary post-game beer. The Center is also offering curling classes to corporate groups as a great team-building exercise.