Cleveland Sports Commission reaches new milestone

(Cuyahoga County) - The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has reached nearly $690,000,000 in economic impact. 

Administrators say this is a notable achievement for the 19-year old non-profit. The organization responsible for hosting large-scale sporting events is said to have  played a significant role in attracting or managing 191 events in Northeast Ohio.

 "This is a significant milestone for our organization," said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "The impact we're making on the Northeast Ohio economy, and in our community, speaks volumes to how far Cleveland has come and where we are headed with our momentum."

Recently, GCSC was selected to host 2022 NBA All-Star Game in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2024 NCAA Women's Final Four in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference. 

NBA All-Star Game is projected to generate over $100 million in economic impact. 

Cleveland will host the following large-scale events over the next several years, and they include:

June 22, 2019 -  the Concacaf Gold Cup, financial impact, $4,000,000

July 9, 2019  - MLB All-Star Weekend, financial impact, $65,000,000

August 10-11, 2019 - USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals financial impact, $6,500,000

March 20 & 22, 2020  - NCAA DI Men's Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds, $8,000,000

February 20, 2022 - NBA All-Star Game $100,000,000

April 5-7, 2024 - NCAA Division I Women's Final Four $22,000,000

Total Projected Economic Impact of the above events is $205,500,000

Gilbert tells Newsradio WTAM 1100,  the commission is also trying to attract the NFL Draft and other events. Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has been responsible for attracting over 190 sporting events which provide more than $686 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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