Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

We Know How to Play the Game

Upcoming Events:
The 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regionals
The 2016 Transplant Games of America
The 2018 NCAA DI Wrestling Championship

It takes a unique city to make unique events. We are more than your host city. We are your team.

Why Cleveland

Cleveland has a unifying vision for its downtown. By 2016, the recently completed Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation will connect to a 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown hotel. A planned $47-million pedestrian and bicycle bridge will unite an already pedestrian-friendly downtown to the lakefront and venues like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The $40-million renovation of Public Square will be the central hub that connects it all.  There are more than 12,000 residents living downtown – the most in over six decades – with an expected growth to 20,000 within the next six years. By 2018, Downtown Cleveland will offer more than 5,000 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk of Quicken Loans Arena and the Cleveland Convention Center. With so many downtown, the city comes alive at night with award-winning restaurants, clubs and nightlife.

Why the Sports Commission

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission offers a wide array of services and assistance to attract events to Greater Cleveland and to ensure their success. Its talented staff of qualified professionals work hard to provide expertise at every step in the event process and offers the following services:

Event Management

  • Budget Management
  • Ticket Sales
  • Team/Athlete Recruitment

Marketing & Creative

  • Strategic Marketing Plans
  • Grassroots/Guerilla Marketing
  • Brand Development
  • Market Research
  • Attendance Building/Ticket Sales
  • Internet/Online Marketing
  • Printing Services/Coordination
  • Media Placement/Buys
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Collateral Design/Coordination

Corporate Sales & Partnerships

  • Market Intelligence/Research
  • Lead Development
  • Corporate Partnership
  • Proposal Writing
  • Partnership Review
  • Merchandising/Vendor Sales

Media & Communications

  • Public and Media Relations
  • Event Media Summaries
  • Crisis Communication Plans

Hotel Coordination

  • Event Rights Holder Collaboration
  • Lead Development & Negotiation
  • Property Selection

Just a Snapshot of What We've Done

  • 2002 USA Gymnastics National Championships
  • 2002-2004 Gravity Games
  • 2003 USA vs. Ireland International Boxing Dual
  • 2004 International Children’s Games
  • 2005 USA Weightlifting National Championships
  • 2006 USA Taekwondo Senior Championships
  • 2007 NCAA Women’s Final Four
  • 2007-Present USA Wrestling FILA & Cadet Championships
  • 2008 US Synchronized Swimming US Open
  • 2009 US Figure Skating Championships
  • 2010 NCAA DIII Men’s Tennis Championships
  • 2011 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field
  • 2012 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship
  • 2013 National Senior Games
  • 2014 Fed Cup - USA vs. Italy
  • 2015 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional
  • 2016 Transplant Games of America
  • 2017 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field
  • 2018 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships