Group Events

The 2015 Season is open for booking Curling Outreach Events. The curling club is available for events for many occasions: 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 typically offer ice time from late 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.
  • A very limited number of Saturday afternoons and evenings, typically 6pm-10pm.
  • Pre-season (mid-September to October) and Spring season (April to June) we may have afternoon, evening and weekend events available. Please check the club Calendar for available times. If Spring Leagues are being played, there will be events until the end of the season.

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 our weekday rentals starting at just $400! Any group that can choose a weekday 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 contrast to our flexible weekday pricing, weekend events are full club reservations at $1200 minimum or $30 per attendee, whichever is greater. In either case, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve, and should be submitted with your Group Event Agreement form. Please be advised of our cancellation/sheet reduction policy as outlined below and on your Event agreement form.

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 if on weekdays, 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 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 an event is required the day of the event. Please include the group event agreement form with your deposit.

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, and 4 or 5 instructors for weekend events. We will also provide a licensed bartender if requested.

What is the cancellation policy?

An event that is canceled within five days of the day of the event will charged the number of sheets rented per your agreement. For example, a canceled weekday rental of 3 sheets will be charged $900. A weekend event will be charged the $1200 minimum. The deposit will be forfeited any time an event is canceled regardless of the time frame of the cancellation. The value of the deposit will be subtracted from the total fee charged when an event is canceled after the five day deadline has passed.

What if I need to reschedule, rather than cancel entirely?

If you are 5 days or more out from your original scheduled event, and have to cancel, you may apply your non-refundable $200 deposit to any rescheduled event within one calendar year of your original event. If you are within 5 days of your original scheduled event, your full event fees are still due as outlined above, but you may apply your paid total to any rescheduled date within one calendar year of the original date, minus the $200 deposit, which is treated as a last-minute date change fee. A second cancellation within 5 days of an event is not allowed, and will result in forfeiture of all funds.

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?

If within 5 days of your event, the amount due is either the number of sheets reserved in your agreement on a weekday, or the $1200 minimum due on a weekend. Should you have a known revision in your numbers, please let the event coordinator know 5 days or more out from your event, so a revised rental agreement can be drawn up if necessary for our weekday guests. If more than 10 guests per reserved sheet attend, you will automatically be bumped to the next pricing tier, unless all sheets are rented, in which case you will be assessed at $30 per extra attendee.

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 bar with liquor, beer and soda.

How much does the bar cost?

We normally have a cash-only bar with standard prices. You may set up 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 over two or more groups on the same weekday time slot. The total bar bill will be on your payment receipt.

Instead of a bartender, can we just bring in beer and wine?

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 bring food or bring our own?

Yes. There is a full kitchen available for use.

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 event deposits 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 in the upper 30's.
•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.

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!