Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

GCSC TO HOST 12 MAJOR EVENTS IN 2019, CREATING LARGEST YEAR FOR NON-PROFIT WITH OVER $85.4 MILLION

Posted January 30, 2019 in Press Releases

GCSC TO HOST 12 MAJOR EVENTS IN 2019, CREATING LARGEST YEAR FOR NON-PROFIT WITH OVER $85.4 MILLION

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host 12 major sporting events in 2019 ranging from collegiate to professional sports. Due to the scale of these awarded events, Northeast Ohio will see an influx of an estimated $85,430,000 in economic impact.

“This is by far the largest year of economic impact that we’ve experienced at the Sports Commission,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Having the opportunity to reach over $85.4 million in one year is a big achievement for our small non-profit. Our team is extremely thankful to the Northeast Ohio community and our partners, such as the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and The Mid-American Conference, for helping us make Cleveland the destination for large-scale sporting events.”

This month, Cleveland welcomed 352 girls’ volleyball teams during Junior Volley Ball Association Rock ‘N Rumble. Additionally, 11 other major sporting events will be held in Northeast Ohio between Jan. and Aug. including four NCAA Championships, Concacaf Gold Cup featuring U.S. Men’s National Team and USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

A major highlight of 2019 will be MLB All-Star Weekend on July 5-9, which will bring the top baseball athletes to Cleveland to participate in Home Run Derby and the MLB All-Star Game. The footprint of America’s favorite pastime extends beyond the ballpark to include MLB All-Star Playball Park at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and countless community festivities. This event will provide $65 million in economic impact to Northeast Ohio.

Additionally, GCSC launched a new website, created by FORM, which provides users with an enhanced experience when accessing event information and showcases upcoming events in a more brand-aligned manner when interacting with clevelandsports.org.

A complete list of 2019 awarded events are as follows:

Junior Volleyball Association Rock ‘N Rumble - January 19-20, 2019

$3,150,000

USA Fencing March NAC - March 1-4, 2019

$1,370,000

NCAA DII Men’s Wrestling Championships - March 8-9, 2019

$700,000

NCAA Fencing Championships - March 21-24, 2019

$350,000

NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships - April 11-13, 2019

$250,000

NCAA DIII Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships - May 23-25, 2019

$2,000,000

MAC Baseball Championships - May 22-26, 2019

$360,000

USA Wrestling’s UWW Cadet & U23 World Team Trial Qualifier - May 30 – June 2, 2019

$1,000,000

Concacaf Gold Cup - June 22, 2019

$4,000,000

MLB All-Star Weekend - July 5-9, 2019

$65,000,000

World Yo-Yo Contest - August 7-10, 2019

$750,000

USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals - August 10-11, 2019

$6,500,000

2019 Total Projected Economic Impact

$85,430,000

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