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Established in 1958, the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club is the oldest arena curling club in the United States. SFBACC is a nationally-recognized leader in curling development, providing learning opportunities, youth scholarships, competitive development, recreational leagues, corporate and private events, and more. We have already taught thousands of Bay Area residents to curl. Now, we are raising funds to build a dedicated curling center right here in the Bay Area so that we can take these programs to the next level. Will you join us?

March Update: 2018 so far & what's in the works

We have received an approved Conditional Use Permit from the City of Oakland, meaning we are approved to use the building as a Curling Club, and are working on the full Construction Drawing Set to submit to the City of Oakland for the Building Permit.

As part of the design process we have been assessing a number of refrigeration and ice floor options to ensure we have the most effective and economical design for a Curling Club in the Bay Area climate. As there aren't any pre-existing curling clubs in mediterranean climates that we know of, this has required a fair bit of discussion with product engineers and installation experts to ensure we are looking at the right equipment and floor design without getting sold on an "off-the-shelf" solution from colder, dryer regions.

We have raised approximately $315,000 to date, and currently have multiple efforts going to fund-raise from a variety of sources including Members/Friends/Family, Other Curling Clubs, Local and Global Corporations, Non-Profit and Private Grant Funds, and the Local Community. With the kickoff of some new outreach efforts recently, we have received offers for an additional $75,000, and are working hard to convert those offers into transferred funds. Our short term goal is to reach $400,000 by April 1, and to top $500,000 by the start of Construction (May).

In our pursuit of a liquor license, we have realized that it will actually take an act of congress (State Legislature to be precise) to acquire a "club license", as we have to get "Curling Club" on the list of permissible organizations that is part of the California Code. In order to ensure our curlers do not go thirsty while this effort is undertaken, our team is working with our legislative representative and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce to procure restricted licenses, such as beer-only service, that will enable us to fill the time while the club license is arranged, similar to what has been done in Portland and Phoenix previously.

The Olympic Rush is winding down. Boosted by the US Men's Gold Medal, locals filled our Learn to Curls, Corporate Events, Lesson Series, and Instructional Leagues. Our current membership has been relentless in spreading their love of the game, and their efforts are already paying off for the club, and our dedicated ice dreams.

Our Olympic Dreams Come True at Novel Brewing

We owe a huge thanks to our friends at Novel Brewing Company for hosting a heck of an Olympic curling watch party and Dedicated Ice fundraiser over the weekend. We were floored by the number of folks who came out to watch some curling with us, kick a few kegs for the cause, and cheer on Team USA. Not only did we get the big win over Canada, but our celebration apparently impressed the NBC Olympics team too:


Here’s to 400+ Donors

More than four hundred individual donors are now part of the movement to build a home for curling in the Bay Area, contributing more than $300,000 to date! Thanks to everyone who donated for being an early supporter!

And here’s to our next “400”: to stay on track, we need to have raised a total of $400,000 by the end of March. Want to help? Donate today!

January 2018 - Post Holiday Updates

Hello Curlers!

First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support recently, and we hope you had as wonderful a Holiday Season as we did. We've been working hard over the last couple months on the Dedicated Ice effort and would like to update everyone on what we've been working on.

At this point, we have received verbal approval of our Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from our Reviewing Planner at the City of Oakland, and are just waiting on formal approval. The receipt of formal approval will trigger (4) Months FREE RENT from our landlord, and will enable us to submit the Building Permit with the City. We expect the Building Permit to take 2-3 Months to process, and then we'll be able to start Construction!

To date, we have raised around $300,000 towards our new facility, which includes all direct donations and signed loan agreements, and we're currently working with a number of other individuals, curling clubs, and corporations to procure more funds over the next couple of months as we approach construction. (Note that we try to keep the ticker on the website as accurate as we can but sometimes have to wait for funds to be deposited into our accounts before we can update it. For example, donations made through Facebook are not added to our total until they've been disbursed to us.) To simplify our needs with rounded estimates, we project the following:

Cost of Getting to Construction: $250,000 (October 1 - April 15)
Cost of Preparing the Building: $250,000 (April 15 - July 1)
Cost of Installing Ice: $400,000 (July 1 - September 1)
Cost of Additional Amenities (Phase 2): $250,000 (TBD)

Keep in mind, these costs are conservative estimates rounded up to give you a sense of how the money will be spent, and when it will be spent, and we are looking into a number of solutions that will either significantly lower the cost, or defer the cost to a later period. What this means, is that we currently have enough money to begin the construction, but we still need more to complete the work.

Fortunately, we have a golden opportunity in front of us with the fast approaching Olympic season, and this is where we need your help. Our club has already booked dozens of Corporate Events, Learn to Curls, and other events between now and April that have the potential to bring in loads of new members, and with them, more volunteers, more expertise, and more resources. However, we will never be able to realize this potential without your help to spread the joy of curling to everyone who steps onto our ice. If you're reading this now, we know how much you care about curling, and there's no better way to grow the sport than to show the sport to others. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night, or maybe some flexibility to assist with a daytime Corporate Event, we need you out there! The Olympic Committee will be rolling out some new benefits for all volunteers shortly (retroactive January 1) so please take the time to visit the volunteer page at www.bayareacurling.com/volunteer and help us out!

In addition to the immediate need for on-ice volunteers, we also have a pressing need for off-ice volunteers. As the various sub-committees have developed their plans for the new facility, we have generated a list of things we will need from you all to make this dream a reality. Whether you're a skilled corporate fundraiser, a plumber, or someone with nice handwriting, we need your help! Check out the DI Volunteer list and Good & Services page see how you can best support Dedicated Ice.