GCSC History

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission was created in 2002 to attract professional, collegiate, amateur and youth sporting events to Greater Columbus.

Prior to GCSC’s inception, the opening of first-class sports facilities including the Jerome Schottenstein Center (opened in 1998), the MAPFRE Stadium (1999) and Nationwide Arena (2000) laid the groundwork for bringing a variety of sporting events to Columbus that the city could not have accommodated in the past.

Since then, the Sports Commission has worked with grassroots organizations, The Ohio State University, the Blue Jackets, the Clippers, the Crew and many other local organizations to bring in marquee sporting events that have generated millions of dollars in visitor spending and national and international media attention for the community. Huntington Park’s opening in 2009 added to the list of quality facilities that call Columbus home.

More than 386 new sporting events have come to Columbus since GCSC first hit the ground running in 2002, generating an estimated $402 million in visitor spending.* GCSC continues to work to retain annual bid events and pitch new bids, ensuring that sports will continue to positively impact the Greater Columbus economy.

The Sports Commission is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization affiliated with Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. A staff of 13 is governed by a vested Board of Commissioners committed to Columbus’ future as a sports destination.

The Sports Commission works with grassroots sports groups, local businesses, area colleges and universities, local and state government entities and the city’s professional sports teams in all of its efforts to make Columbus a premier sports destination.

*Based on research formulas provided by Tourism Economics