DC's Hilton Garden Inn Designated As Official Hotel Of USA Curling

The Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown formally announced its designation as “An Official Hotel of USA Curling,” just in time for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

“We could not be more excited about our sponsorship of USA Curling,” said John Rish, Hilton Garden Inn General Manager. “I did not know much about curling when we first began researching potential Olympic opportunities. Curling is fun, unique and social.”

Nine-hundred fifty miles away, in Stevens Point, WI, officials of the sport’s national organizing body are equally enthusiastic. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, what a fun idea!’” said USA Curling Chief Operating Officer Rick Patzke. “In these tough economic times, we aren’t exactly overburdened with sponsorships. This very creative idea came out of left field, and that is what makes the sponsorship so exciting.”

Over the past eight years, curling has gained a significant fan following. Surprisingly enough, curling was the only sport to see an increase in ratings in the NBC Olympics coverage from the 2002 Games to the 2006 Games. In February 2006, the U.S. Curling Association web site received more than 100 million verifiable hits. Curling was the third-most searched topic on MSN.com on one particular day during the Games.

Located two and one half blocks from the White House across the street from the McPherson Square Metro Station, The Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown is a 14-story, boutique hotel that offers a refreshing blend of urban luxury and friendly hospitality. Ideal for business and leisure travelers, the Hilton Garden is a Preferred Hotel Sponsor of the Washington Capitals. “And now, we can proudly say we are also the Official Hotel of USA Curling,” says Rish.

The USA men’s curling team is currently ranked fourth in the world while the women’s curling team is ranked sixth. Both teams expect to contend for medals later this month.