Cbus Sports Scene
By Steve Wartenberg | Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther grew up on fields, diamonds and courts. “If you wanted to find me during the course of the year, go to the fields at the Park of Roses,” said Ginther, who grew up in the Clintonville section of the city. He played football, basketball, volleyball and baseball at Whetstone High, and football at Earlham College.
So, it’s no surprise Ginther is a sports fan, as well as a fan of how sports have helped build Columbus’s national/international reputation and have contributed to the city’s quality of life and impressive economic growth. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) had a chance to sit down with the Mayor recently and talk about, well, sports of course. We didn’t even have to ask a question; Ginther got going…
World Class Facilities
Columbus offers a wide variety of unique facilties and venues.
Successful Host City
More than 386 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.
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.
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.
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 2-5
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.
OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon April 29
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 29-June 4
Presented by Nationwide 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.
Columbus Marathon Oct 15
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 MAPFRE 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 Huntington Park was selected as the winner of the “Best of Ballparks” for Triple-A Baseball and is home to the Clippers Triple-A Affilate of the Cleveland Indians. Be sure to check at a game this season. Download the Clippers app here.
Did you know that played in the MLL Championship in 2016.
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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