WAYLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – With the Olympics just around the corner, winter sports enthusiasts in Massachusetts are gearing up for the games.
The Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland is one of only four dedicated curling clubs in the state. Member Jeff Mills said the club will be hosting an open house in April for people interested in learning more about the game.
“We’ll probably have 600-800 people come through our building for a quick curling lesson,” he said. “To come out on the ice and throw a few stones and see what it’s all about.”
Curling works by players using a broom-like stick to sweep the ice in front of a moving 42-pound curling rock to get it to go in the direction they want.
“It’s sort of a combination of bocce and chess,” Mills said. “You’re trying to get your rocks closest to the center of the ring to score.”
Players, usually in teams, score one point for each stone that is closer to the center than their opponents. Only stones touching the center, or “house,” are counted.
WBZ’s Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) took to the ice to learn more: