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    CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) announced Tuesday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has selected Cleveland to host eight championship events in Northeast Ohio between 2019 and 2021. The championship events will generate nearly $15.7 million of economic activity for Northeast Ohio.

    “We couldn’t be more proud that Cleveland has once again been recognized for its ability to host successful NCAA championship events,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “These events contribute millions of dollars in economic impact to Northeast Ohio and allow visitors to experience all that Cleveland has to offer. Being awarded these eight events adds to our legacy as a top city for hosting major sporting events.”

    Northeast Ohio is set to host four NCAA championships in 2019 including DII Men’s Wrestling, NCAA Fencing, NCAA Women’s Bowling and DIII Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field. These events will combine to provide an estimated economic impact $ 3.3 million.

    Looking forward, 2020 will feature three collegiate events such as Men’s and Women’s DII Swimming and Diving, and DIII Indoor Track and Field both in partnership with SPIRE Institute. NCAA also awarded 2021 DIII Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships in partnership with University of Mount Union.

    Additionally, 2020 DI NCAA Men’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds, the largest of the awarded events, features a partnership with The Mid-American Conference and Cleveland State University. Tournament games will be played on Mar. 20 & 22, 2020 at Quicken Loans Arena. This event alone is projected to bring $8 million of economic activity to the area.

    “The 2020 Division I Men’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds provides Cleveland with the opportunity to prove its unparalleled ability to host major sporting events,” said Gilbert. “An event of this stature will bring collegiate level fans into the region who travel to see their team in action. We’re excited to continue our strong partnership with The MAC, Cleveland State and The Q to make Cleveland a premier destination for NCAA sporting events."

    The complete list of Northeast Ohio’s NCAA awarded events between 2019-2021, are as follows:




    Partner Institution

    Economic Impact

    2019 DII Men’s Wrestling Championships

    The Wolstein Center

    Mar. 8-9, 2019


    $ 700,000

    2019 NCAA Fencing Championships

    The Wolstein Center

    Mar. 21-24, 2019

    Cleveland State

    $ 350,000

    2019 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships

    Game of Wickliffe

    Apr. 11-13, 2019

    Mid-American Conference

    $ 250,000

    2019 DIII Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships

    SPIRE Institute

    May 23-25, 2019

    Mount Union

    $ 2,000,000






    2020 DII Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

    SPIRE Institute

    Mar. 11-14, 2020

    Lake Erie College

    $ 375,000

    2020 DIII Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships

    SPIRE Institute

    Mar. 13-14, 2020

    Mount Union

    $ 2,000,000

    2020 DI NCAA Men’s Basketball 1st & 2nd Rounds

    Quicken Loans Arena

    Mar. 20 & 22, 2020

    Mid-American Conference/

    Cleveland State

    $ 8,000,000






    2021 DIII Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships

    SPIRE Institute

    May 27-29, 2021

    Mount Union

    $ 2,000,000






                                                                                                                                                                                           Total Economic Impact

    $ 15,675,000

    For more details on all awarded events, visit

    Since 2006, GCSC has attracted 25 NCAA Championships events which have garnered more than $80.7 million of economic activity. GCSC will host the NCAA Division III Outdoor and Field Championships on May 25-27, 2017 at SPIRE Institute. Additionally, GCSC is preparing to host the 2018 Division I NCAA Wresting Championships at Quicken Loans Arena and Division III at Cleveland Public Auditorium in Downtown Cleveland.

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    About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 170 sporting events which have contributed over $500 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit