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Meridian Canadian Open going back to Yorkton

The Meridian Canadian Open will return to Yorkton, Sask., next season.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling announced its fourth event and third major of the 2019-20 campaign is heading back to Gallagher Centre, Jan. 14-19, 2020.

It’ll be the third time Yorkton hosts the Meridian Canadian Open after back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015. Edmonton’s Team Brendan Bottcher and Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan are the reigning champions.

Tickets will be announced at a future date.

The Meridian Canadian Open features 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the globe with a triple knockout preliminary round. Teams must win three games before they lose three in order to qualify for the playoffs.

The event also continues the quest for the Pinty’s Cup, awarded to the overall season champions in the men’s and women’s divisions. Winners of the Meridian Canadian Open also receive berths to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup, April 21-26, 2020, at a location to be announced.