WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - One of Wausau’s newest facilities is quickly becoming one of it’s busiest. The Wausau Curling Center just opened a couple of months ago, and already, they’ve attracted several bonspiel tournaments.
Cal Tillisch is one of many people involved in the design and construction of the center. So far, he says they have hosted one of the largest women’s bonspiel’s in Wisconsin, a 72-team event which was the largest tournament ever held in Wisconsin, the Badger State Games, a nation’s largest ever high school bonspiel, and they will be hosting the high school state championships.
Tillisch says they were just awarded another major national event. "We recently put in a bid to host the United States Senior Men's National Bonspiel. It's the largest participation event sponsored by the United States Curling Association, and Wausau Wisconsin was awarded it over St. Paul Minnesota.”
He says this national bonspiel will be good for the center, and for several hospitality businesses in and around Wausau. "It's about 80 teams from about 13 states around the United States. It's a huge success for us.”
Tillisch compares the Wausau Curling Center to a master’s-level golf course, where everything is designed to be as top notch as possible. "We built this facility to have master's-style curling ice, and make it the very, very best, and with the combination of our ice and rocks and Wausau's great hospitality, we don't think anybody can beat us.”
One of the reasons Wausau Curling Center is attracting so much attention is the Olympic regulation sized ice sheets and state-of-the-art ice making equipment. Tillisch says even the building is designed so that when the sun rises, it is not warming a wall near the playing surface.
Tillisch says he would not be surprised if future Olympians end up training in Wausau.