The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2020 will take place in Lillehammer, Norway during the period from the 21st to the 28th of November 2020. This is the fourth time that Norway has been chosen to host the European Championships. The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships used to take place in different places all around the world. In 1977, it is held in Oslo while in 1990 Lillehammer is chosen to be the next place and Stavanger is chosen to host the champion in 2013. During some recent years, Norway is chosen by many international curling to hold their events, firstly the Youth Olympic Games 2016 curling events which takes place in Lillehammer, while the 2019 editions of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and World Senior Curling Championships were both held in Stavanger.
Kate Caithness, who is the President of World Curling Federation, shared her opinion: “We are delighted to be returning the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships to Lillehammer. It has been 30 years since these championships were last held in the city and it is fitting that they are taking place in Lillehammer’s Olympic Park.
“This is such an important event in our season and it is fascinating to see our European teams earn enough qualification to our world championships, where they and our other elite teams from around the world, will together compete for places at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. I am sure our friends at the Norwegian Curling Federation and the Lillehammer Curling Club will grab this occasion and produce a first-class event for our athletes and spectators.”
There will be both women’s and men’s championships within the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2020 A-Division taking place in the Haakons Hall. Lillehammer Youth Hall was built initially on the purpose of hosting the ice hockey finals during the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. With the spectator capacity of up to 10,000 people, it is Norway’s biggest venue for indoor sports until now.