The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is a catalyst, driving the collaborative efforts of the Central Ohio region in attracting and hosting a wide variety of sporting events. The Sports Commission provides the experience and expertise in sports marketing and event management that has established our region as a premier sports destination. Since 2002, we have bid on and brought more than 350 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated close to $380 million in visitor spending, while retaining annual events that have generated an additional $250 million in visitor spending to benefit our local economy.
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is the only organization 100% focused on attracting sporting events to Columbus
Our Vision: For Greater Columbus to be recognized as a premier destination for professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events on a national and international level.
Our Mission: To provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to benefit Greater Columbus economically and socially.
In 2011, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission went through a complete re-branding as part of the ColumbUS image campaign, the unprecedented collaboration towards a marketing and image-building partnership included primary stakeholders: the City of Columbus, Experience Columbus, the Columbus Chamber, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, the 200Columbus the Bicentennial, the Columbus Foundation, the Columbus Partnership and Columbus2020.
Hospitality and Leisure: A Pillar of our Economy
Visitors spend $7.23 billion in Central Ohio annually and pay $1 billion in local, state and federal taxes. The hospitality and leisure industry impacts 60,000 jobs in Franklin County and repersent 10% of the local economy.
Learn more about the Columbus sports community
Find out what the Sports Commission has been up to this past year by exploring the annual report.