Group Events

The 2014-2015 Season is open for booking Curling Outreach Events. The curling club is available for events for many occasions: work team building events, office parties, birthdays, a group get together or any other reason to have fun. Please check the Calendar for available dates. Please contact the Curling Outreach team at groupevents@curlingseattle.org to schedule your event. They will be happy to answer any questions. Here is some information about having an event at the club.

When is the club available for an event?

We are offering ice time from mid-September through mid-June each year. Once curling leagues begin play in October, open ice time that does not interfere with events is made available for Outreach Events at the following times:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm, with other weekdays added as needed.
  • A very limited number of Saturday afternoons and evenings, typically 1-5pm or 6-10pm.
  • Pre-season (mid-September) and Spring season (April to June) we may have other times available aside from our regular business hours. Please check the club Calendar for available times. With Spring Leagues being played, there will be events until June 19 this season! Sorry, we are closed during the summer months.

Do you have a calendar that I can look at?

Yes, please take a look at the Calendar page.

What is the cost of an event?

We are pleased to now offer flexible pricing for all of our rentals starting at just $400! Any group that can choose a 4-hour time slot pays a flat rate, based on the number of sheets needed, for a maximum of 10 attendees per sheet of ice. Our pricing schedule is as follows:

  • 1-10 attendees: 1 sheet and instructor, $400
  • 11-20 attendees: 2 sheets and instructors. $600
  • 21-30 attendees: 3 sheets and instructors, $900
  • 31-40 attendees: 4 sheets and instructors, $1200
  • 41-50 attendees: 5 sheets and instructors, $1500

We also have special reduced pricing for a limited number of school/youth group events throughout the year. Please contact groupevents@curlingseattle.org if you are interested in finding out more about having your Physical Education field trip on championship curling ice!

In order to reserve for your group event, $100 per reserved sheet is required, and is non-refundable. This amount will be processed online, with a link sent to you by email, after your Group Event Agreement form is received. Please be advised of our cancellation/sheet reduction policy as outlined below and on your Event agreement form.

How many people should I round up for my Group Event?

The suggested minimum number or people needed to actually play a game would be 6, though you can rent a sheet with less than that. On the high end, we can host groups up to about 150 attendees without a problem.

How do I book an event?

Please contact the Curling Outreach team via email - groupevents@curlingseattle.org - to book an event. Our outstanding Event Coordinator works throughout the year, both hosting events and responding to inquiries. If you have not heard back from us, please check your Spam folder for misclassified responses, and don’t hesitate to follow up if necessary. Please suggest a preferred day for your event, the estimated group size, the number of sheets you will need, and if you'd like us to host the bar in your inquiry. We will send you the group event agreement form which you must complete and send back to us, along with your subsequent online down payment, to have your event confirmed.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check and cash. Full payment for the event balance is required in person on the day of the event. We do not do any automatic settlements of your remaining balance. Please use the online payment system, and follow the link sent to you by email, to complete your downpayment by credit card where possible.

What does that cost include?

The fees include use of the ice and facility for up to four consecutive hours. This includes the brooms, rocks, rubber shoe grippers and everything else that is needed to curl. This price includes instructors from the Granite Curling Club who will teach your group how to curl. We will provide 1 instructor per sheet as requested in your rental agreement, with additional personnel as needed for jumbo sized groups. We will also provide a licensed bartender if requested, for $100 minimum tab.

What is the policy on cancellations, postponements and changes to events?

An event that is canceled or postponed within five days of the day of the event will result in forfeiture of your down payment, with no opportunity to reuse. An event that is canceled or postponed 5 days or more before your scheduled event will allow you to reuse your down payment for a rescheduled event within one calendar year of your original date. Any changes, such as reductions in sheets or eliminating the bartender, must be submitted at least 5 days before your event, otherwise the full amount is due as agreed upon. Additions may always be made without penalty.

Is there a waiver to sign? Are there any age limits? Can kids or teens curl?

All curlers are required to sign a waiver before going on the ice. Waivers are provided at the club, or you can save time by downloading the waiver, then print and sign it, and bring it with you. Curlers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before going on the ice. If a parent isn't coming to the event, you can download the waiver, then print and sign it, and send it with the child.Typically, kids need to be 8 years old to have a chance of getting a rock into play. On the ice, an adult should accompany children under 10.

What if more or less people show up than we planned?

You are charged a flat rate per sheets reserved for your group event. It is your responsibility to reserve the number of sheets that you need, and you are responsible for full payment on your sheets as agreed. Should there be more than 10 attendees per sheet reserved, or more than 50 attendees for full club events, be advised that you will be charged for an extra sheet, or $30 per extra attendee over the flat rate if the sheets are filled.

Is there a bar?

Yes, but you must use our licensed bartenders and make the request in advance when you schedule your event. There is a full service bar with liquor, beer, wine, cider, soda and other beverages available.

How much does the bar cost?

We have a cash-only bar with standard prices, but most groups settle up the bar on the same credit card as the curling event fees, especially if one person is settling up the bill. You may set up your own vouchers for drinks among your participants and we will charge you the appropriate amount for each beverage. We require at least $100 of business in the bar. The good news is that the bar minimum can be prorated if two or more groups at the same time request the bar. The total bar bill will be on your payment receipt if one person is settling the tab.

Instead of a bartender, can we just bring in our own alcoholic beverages?

Of course. We ask that you obtain and post a banquet permit which can be purchased at the Washington State Liquor Control Board website for a nominal fee. Please observe all rules regarding alcoholic beverages.

Are there tables and chairs?

Yes. There are five tables and chairs that seat up to 40 people already set up with other tables and chairs ready to be set up if needed.

Can we hire a caterer to serve food or bring our own?

Yes. There is a full kitchen available for use, as well as plenty of extra tables that can be used for your own food service.

Do you provide food such as lunch or dinner options?

We have a full kitchen that is available for our guests to use, but we do not provide a food menu. You may arrange for a caterer, bring your own food, or order delivery.

What is the address of the curling club?

Our mailing address for any correspondence is: Granite Curling Club, PO Box 33057, Seattle, WA 98133.
Our street address is: 1440 North 128th Street, Seattle, WA 98133.

Our Map & Directions page has full information.

What should people wear?

Participants should:

  • Carry in a pair of shoes with clean, flat, rubber soles with no metal hooks etc. that may scratch the ice. (Clean tennis shoes are ideal).
  • Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. (it is difficult to curl in tight jeans)
  • Dress in layers with a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt (initially it will be chilly on the ice, but you can get quite warm once you start playing). The air temperature is usually between 40 and 42 degrees.
  • A ski hat and gloves may be appropriate if you chill easily

I want to learn more about curling before I sign up, where can I look?

Our website has information on curling Basics, History, Rules, Strategy and a Glossary. Also, check out the Wikipedia page about curling, as well as reading many good books and e-books about curling.

How many sheets of ice do we need?

A game of curling is normally four versus four, or 8 curlers per sheet, ideally, and we have 5 sheets to play on. In our group events, we gladly allow teams of 3 to 5 players on the ice, and will work to put together suitable games with whatever number you give us to work with. The maximum number of players on the ice would be 10 teams of 5, or 50 curlers, at any one time playing or learning. For this reason, we allow and suggest a maximum of 10 attendees (curlers plus non-curlers) per sheet when deciding how many you need, to allow for those who would rather not play for whatever reason.

I have a question that wasn't answered in this section.

Please feel free to reach out to our Group Events Coordinator (groupevents@curlingseattle.org), who is glad to address any additional questions or issues regarding your special curling experience!