By Jennifer Taplin – Metro Halifax

Curling is the hottest ticket — and the first event to sell out — at the Halifax 2011 Canada Games.

“The gold medal and the bronze medal matches, both male and female, have sold out,” said Melissa MacKinnon, spokeswoman for the Games.

The semi-final match for women’s curling has also sold out.

Not bad, considering ticket packages went on sale last month and individual ticket sales took off Nov. 3.

“It’s the only thing to sell out so far,” MacKinnon said.

“Curling is pretty popular in Nova Scotia but it’s a small venue as well.”

The historic Mayflower Curling Club can only handle crowds of 250.

Hockey, of course, is a close second in ticket sales. Games will be played in the Metro Centre so there are plenty of tickets to go around.

MacKinnon said the gold medal men’s hockey isn’t close to selling out yet.

Games organizers have already reached and exceeded their ticket-selling goal for November.

“We had the goal of being at about 15 per cent at the end of November and we’ve exceeded that goal. We’re a little over that right now.”

She said this excitement is not a surprise considering the overwhelming success of their call for volunteers.

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