Economic Impact & Visitor Spending

Since 2002, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission has bid on and brought more than 270 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $345 million in visitor spending.* The Sports Commission also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $225 million in visitor spending. Leading revenue producers include:

  • USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships – 2012 – $30 million
  • The Presidents Cup – 2013 – $22 million
  • NSA Girls Fast Pitch Softball World Series – 2006, 2008 – $15 million per year
  • NHL All Star Celebration – 2015 – $12 million
  • NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Second and Third Rounds – 2004, 2007, 2012, 2015 – $10 million per year
  • Ohio Valley Region/USA Volleyball Junior Regional – Annual – $8 million per year
  • USA Fencing National Championships – 2013, 2014 – $5 million per year
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series National Tournament – 2010, 2015 – $5 million
  • OHSAA State Football Championships – 2014, 2015 – $4 million per year
  • NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First and Second rounds – 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 – $4 million per year

Where the Money Goes

Here is where the estimated $345 million* in new visitor spending generated since the Greater Columbus Sports Commission was created was spent (not including the annual events):

  • Retail: $82.8 million (24%)
  • Businesses: $62.1 million (18%)
  • Restaurant/Food: $58.7 million (17%)
  • Transportation: $44.8 million (13%)
  • Other: $37.9 million (11%)
  • Recreation: $34.5 million (10%)
  • Lodging: $24.2 million (7%)

*Based on research formulas provided by Longwoods International.