World Class Facilities
Columbus offers a wide variety of unique facilties and venues.
Successful Host City
More than 200 new sporting events have been to Columbus since GCSC first hit the ground running in 2002. Such events include numerous amateur, collegiate and professional sports including NCAA tournaments, MLS Cup and All-Star games and Olympic Team Trials for weightlifting.
What’s New in Columbus?
Columbus is increasingly known for its dynamic nature and vibrant urban hub. In 2012, a new Hilton property opened along with the largest casino in the state, and plans for a new sports pavilion and automotive research center and new Ohio State arena were announced. Read More
Rich Sports History
Columbus has a rich sports history, with legendary figures and numerous traditions. Jesse Owens gained international stardom when he stared down German dictator Adolph Hitler at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and won four Olympic gold medals. Read More
Columbus was named the number one sports town in the U.S.* by sports fan research firm Scarborough Sports Marketing, (*Oct. 2008)
HOME GROWN EVENTS
Arnold Sports Festival March 5-8
The largest multi-sport event in the world. Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, 175,000 sports fans, 18,000 athletes and more than 45 sports and events.
Capital City Half Marathon May 2
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is one of the largest half marathons in the Midwest and is a celebration of the healthy and active lifestyle featuring a sold out field of 14,000 runners and walkers.
the Memorial Tournament May 25-31
Presented by Nationwide Insurance was founded in 1976 and is hosted by Golf Legend and Columbus’ own Jack Nicklaus. The Memorial brings golf fans a top-ranked field of the world’s best professional golfers each year at this official PGA TOUR event played at Nicklaus’ own internationally acclaimed Muirfield Village Golf Club.
New Albany Classic Sept 27
The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix held each September is an international show jumping grand prix featuring the world’s leading equestrian athletes competing for $125,000 in prize money. Named the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event by the North American Riders Group in 2012.
Columbus Marathon Oct 2015
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon has been ranked by Runner’s World as one of the top 20 marathons in the United States and by USA Today as one of the top fall marathons.
Major League Sports City
Did you know that the Blue Jackets’ arrival in Columbus was announced as the top moment in Columbus sports history voted by fans in 2002 in conjunction with the launch of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. The Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena, downtown in the Arena District.
To learn more about the Blue Jackets, meet the team, print off a schedule or buy tickets visit bluejackets.nhl.com.
Did you know that Crew Stadium was built in 1999 as the first soccer-specific stadium built for a professional soccer team in the second pro era of American football.
Get match highlights and stay up-to-date with the team by checking out ColumbusCrewSC.com. #CrewSC
Did you know that the Columbus Clippers were 2010-2011 Triple-A Back to Back National Champions! Stay updated with the Clippers, Triple-A Affilate of the Cleveland Indians, by downloading the team app for FREE. Available on iPhone and Android. Learn more here.
Did you know that three Ohio Machine players, Kyle Hartzell, Marcus Holman and Steele Stanwick, were named to the 52-man U.S. Men’s National Team training roster. These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with the Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where they will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster.
For a recap of the Ohio Machine’s season visit theohiomachine.com and follow the Ohio Machine on twitter @MachineMLL #Machine
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