As ‘The Pop’ goes up, the clock is winding down to the LRCA’s Winter 2023 curling season

With reconstruction work on Pop Whalen Ice and Arts Center reportedly on time and on budget, Lakes Region Curling organizers are busy planning for the Winter 2023 curling season.

Because of the work on the arena, the LRCA’s usual Fall season, running from October to December, will not take place. As of January, 3, however, Pop Whalen is schedule to re-open with numerous improvements that will make curling and other ice sports easier and more enjoyable.

While the old arena had minimal insulation in the ceiling only, and no dehumidification, the new barn will feature completely insulated walls and ceiling, as well as state-of-the-art dehumidification, making control of ice conditions much easier and more predictable.

The LRCA is currently planning a nine-match Winter season, running from January 15 to March 19 (with a week off for Super Bowl Sunday). The organization will offer a public learn-to-curl session on Sunday, January 8.

Registration for both the learn-to-curl and the Winter league will be available from the LRCA’s web site starting in November.