Greater Cleveland Sports Commission


Posted January 09, 2020 in Press Releases

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host 11 major sporting events in 2020 ranging from collegiate to professional sports. Due to the scale of these awarded events, Northeast Ohio will see an influx of an estimated $19,960,000 in economic impact.

“Reaching a 20-year milestone as an organization is a huge accomplishment for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “As I think back to where we started with hosting two events that first year, I’m humbled to think how much we’ve grown as an organization and how thankful I am for the support of our community partners.

“To date, our non-profit is responsible for attracting and hosting 203 events which have provided an estimated nearly $811 million in economic impact to Northeast Ohio. Our goal is to continue for another 20 years, and beyond, to make Cleveland the preferred destination for large-scale sporting events.”

Starting the year, Cleveland will welcome over 340 girls’ volleyball teams during Junior Volleyball Association Rock ‘N Rumble presented by Mizuno USA. Additionally, 10 other major sporting events will be held in Northeast Ohio between Jan. and July including NCAA DII Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, American Cornhole League, Dru Joyce Classic and the 7th Annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament.

A major highlight of 2020 will be NCAA DI Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rounds which will welcome the top NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball teams in the nation to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In partnership with Cleveland State University and the Mid-American Conference, this March Madness event will provide an estimated $8-million in economic impact.

Additionally, GCSC will welcome over 500 competitors and spectators from across the country during USA Jump Rope Nationals on June 23-28 at Cleveland Public Auditorium. This national event will provide an estimated $1.3 million in economic impact.

A complete list of 2020 awarded events are as follows:

Junior Volleyball Association Rock ‘N Rumble
Jan. 18-19, 2020
Economic Impact: $3,150,000

Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 28-29, 2020

NCAA DII Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
Mar. 11-14, 2020

American Cornhole League
Mar. 14-15, 2020

NCAA DI Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rounds
Mar. 20 & 22, 2020

Dru Joyce Classic
Apr. 24-26, 2020

MAC Baseball Championships
May 20-24, 2020

USA Wrestling’s UWW U23 World Team Trials
May 28-31, 2020

USA Jump Rope Nationals
June 23-28, 2020

7th Annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament
July 10-12, 2020

USA Beach Rugby
July 25, 2020

2019 Total Projected Economic Impact

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