Press Releases

Press Releases

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PRESEASON ACTION RETURNS TO COLUMBUS
The Cavaliers are returning to the Schottenstein Center to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, October 12
August 21, 2015

JUNIOR VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION BRINGS NEW SUMMERFEST TO COLUMBUS
National girls competition to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center June 2016-2018
August 19, 2015

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION EXTENDS FOOTBALL FINALS STAY IN COLUMBUS THROUGH 2016
Extra year added to two-year contract; all-session tickets for 2015 state finals go on sale Aug. 17
August 4, 2015

USA VOLLEYBALL BRINGS 2016 GIRLS JUNIOR NATIONAL QUALIFIER FOR GIRLS 18 AND UNDER TO COLUMBUS 
USA Volleyball brings first-time qualifier event to the Greater Columbus Convention Center January 29-31
July 28, 2015

COLUMBUS TO HOST USA SWIMMING SPEEDO SECTIONALS AT MCCORKLE AQUATIC PAVILION JULY 22 – 25
800 of the Fastest Swimmers Descend on Columbus from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan
July 22, 2015

CLEVELAND BROWNS’ GENERAL MANAGER RAY FARMER AND PRESIDENT ALEC SCHEINER, INDIANS’ CARLOS BAERGA JOIN THE 2015 MORNING SPORTS REPORT
Thursday, August 6 | Greater Columbus Convention Center – Grand Ballrooms 1-3 | 7 – 9:15 a.m.
July 17, 2015

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS’ NICK FOLIGNO AND CREW SC’S WIL TRAPP JOIN THE 2015 MORNING SPORTS REPORT
Thursday, August 6 | Greater Columbus Convention Center – Grand Ballrooms 1-3 | 7 – 9:15 a.m.
July 7, 2015

OHIO STINGRAYS SOFTBALL COLLEGE SHOWCASE RETURNS TO COLUMBUS JULY 10-12
Proceeds will benefit the Stephanie Spielman fund at OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
June 29, 2015

TICKETS FOR CLEVELAND BROWNS’ “ORANGE AND BROWN SCRIMMAGE” IN COLUMBUS GO ON SALE MONDAY,  JUNE 22
Training camp event to feature scrimmage format at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 7
June 18, 2015

COLUMBUS TO HOST ONE OF USA VOLLEYBALL’S SIGNATURE EVENTS IN THE BOYS’ JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNE 28 – JULY 5

USA Volleyball Returns to the Convention Center with Boys’ Signature Championship for First Time; Record Number of Teams Represents Nearly $13 Million in Visitor Spending for Region
June 16, 2015

SHOOTOUT FOR SOLDIERS IS COMING TO COLUMBUS
24-hour lacrosse event benefiting wounded American soldiers to have teams compete in Columbus for the first time
June 10, 2015

URBAN MEYER TO HEADLINE THE 2015 MORNING SPORTS REPORT, CELEBRATING OHIO STATE’S FIVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Breakfast presented by Marathon will celebrate Ohio State’s national championships in football, wrestling, women’s rowing, synchronized swimming and pistol
June 3, 2015

CLEVELAND BROWNS TO HOST ORANGE & BROWN SCRIMMAGE IN COLUMBUS
Training camp event to feature scrimmage format at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 7
May 28, 2015

COLUMBUS ANNOUNCED AS HOST CITY FOR 2016 U.S. FIGURE SKATING GOVERNING COUNCIL
U.S. Figure Skating has announced that the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council meeting will be held in Columbus, Ohio.
May 12, 2015

SPONSORS GEARING UP FOR THE 2015 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES COMING TO COLUMBUS AUGUST 17-22
GSWS Columbus is hard at work getting things ready for the arrival in just under 100 days of approximately 5000 players, coaches and fans to Columbus.
May 11, 2015

CAVS TO HOST FREE #ALLFOROHIO OFFICIAL WATCH PARTY IN COLUMBUS
Fans Invited to Watch Cavs vs. Heat with Music, Festivities, Giveaways and Appearances
March 9, 2015

COLUMBUS CREW SC REVEALS STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP WITH MAPFRE INSURANCE
MAPFRE Insurance invests in Columbus with landmark stadium naming rights deal
March 3, 2015

CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOMEN’S SPORTS REPORT, PRESENTED BY OHIOHEALTH
Leading Long Distance Runners and Sports Administrators to Participate in Breakfast
January 14, 2015

PLANS UNVEILED FOR COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ALL-STAR WINTER PARK SURROUNDING 2015 NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND
Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park to be the outdoor entertainment hub at All-Star Weekend
December 9, 2014

NATION’S BEST DIVERS SET TO COMPETE AT USA DIVING WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN COLUMBUS FROM DECEMBER 16-21
Columbus Native and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston highlights long list of divers with Columbus ties who will be competing December 4, 2014

2014 OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED
28 Teams One Step Away from State Championships at Ohio Stadium in Two Weeks
November 24, 2014

Ohio State, Greater Columbus Sports Commission and Nationwide Arena Land Right to Host College Basketball’s Marquee Women’s Sporting Event
November 19, 2014
Three-day idea-sharing seminar set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Ohio
November 6, 2014
Milestone occasion reveals club transition to Columbus Crew SC in 2015 at LC Pavilion
October 8, 2014

COLUMBUS TO HOST USA TRACK & FIELD’S ANNUAL MEETING IN 2017-2018
Relationship with Track & Field National Governing Body Grows with Largest Gathering of Track and Field Conventioneers in the Country October 2, 2014

THE GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION AND OHIO STATE ATHLETICS PARTNER FOR COLLABORATIVE LAUNCH OF “CITIES OF THE BIG TEN” WEBSITE
New Website Shares City Information with Big Ten Fans Visiting for Sporting Events
September 26, 2014

COLUMBUS TO HOST SITE VISIT FOR NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR THROUGH 2017-2020 ACADEMIC YEARS
Ohio State and  the GCSC Show Off City As One of Seven Potential Hosts for America’s Marquee Women’s Sporting Event
September 8, 2014

CAVS PRESEASON ACTION IS #ALLFOROHIO WITH MATCH-UPS IN CINCINNATI AND COLUMBUS
Tickets on Sale Friday September 12th at 10:00 A.M.
September 3, 2014

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN HEADLINES “THE MORNING SPORTS REPORT”
Breakfast presented by Marathon will highlight Columbus hosting the 60th NHL All-Star Celebration
August 14, 2014

FORMER BUCKEYES WARFIELD, DOSS, HOYING AND WELLS TO TALK HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT THE “THE MORNING SPORTS REPORT”
Breakfast presented by Marathon will highlight return of state football championships to Ohio Stadium
July 7, 2014

RECORD NUMBER OF ATHLETES TO COMPETE AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST FENCING TOURNAMENT IN COLUMBUS JUNE 22-JULY 3
12-Day Event Will Represent More Than an Estimated $5M in Visitor Spending and 9,000 Hotel Room Nights for City
May 30, 2014

RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE TO PARTNER WITH SPARC
Petty Joins Michael Waltrip Racing and Midwestern Auto Group as Strategic Partners
May 12, 2014

OHIO WESLEYAN TO HOST NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 22-24
Community Invited to Watch Nation’s Top DIII Athletes Compete at Historic Selby Stadium
April 29, 2014

2014 OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS ALL-SESSION TICKETS NOW ON-SALE THROUGH GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION AND GRIDIRON GANG
All-Session Tickets Provide Priority Seating to All Seven Championship Games Single-Game Tickets Go On-Sale in October
April 1, 2014

COLUMBUS TO HOST 2014 USA DIVING WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to Host 125 of the Top Divers in the United States for 10 Titles Over Six Days
March 12, 2014

COLUMBUS EAGLES FC BRINGS WOMEN’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE TO OHIO
Women’s Soccer Franchise One of Four Regional Expansion Teams Joining 70+ Other U.S. Cities
March 6, 2014

INTEGRITY RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TO HOST COUNTRY’S LARGEST INVITATIONAL MEET WITH 6TH ANNUAL SPRING FLING INVITATIONAL APRIL 4-6, 2014
More than 500 gymnasts are expected to compete at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
February 19, 2014

GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION LAUNCHES “GRIDIRON GANG” FOR 2014 AND 2015 OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE FOOTBALL FINALS
Archie Griffin to Sell 5,000 All-Session Tickets for 2014 and 2015 State Football Championships at Ohio Stadium
February 14, 2014

COLUMBUS NAMED A FINALIST FOR NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR IN 2017-2020
Ohio State, GCSC and Nationwide Arena One Step Closer to Hosting America’s Marquee Women’s Sporting Event
January 27, 2014

COLUMBUS AWARDED NINE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENTS FOR 2014-15 THROUGH 2017-2018
Columbus Receives Championship Events including 2016 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships and 2017 Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight
December 11, 2013

2013 CLARK KELLOGG TIP-OFF CLASSIC FEATURES THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAMS IN FOUR-GAME SHOWCASE IN COLUMBUS
Four-Game Event Showcases Local and State Basketball Powers and Elite Players in the Midwest
November 8, 2013

COLUMBUS AWARDED THE 60TH NHL ALL-STAR CELEBRATION IN 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission Awarded One of the National Hockey League’s Signature Events November 2, 2013

COLUMBUS NAMED A FINALIST FOR EIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS IN 2014-2018
Ohio State, Ohio Dominican and  Sports Commission Garner Total of Eight Selections, Tied for Second-Highest of Any City in the Country October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS TO HOST THE ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVES FOR SPORT ANNUAL MEETING IN 2014
Sports Commission to Host CEO’s of United States Olympic Committee National Governing Bodies
October 21, 2013

COLUMBUS TO HOST THE USA VOLLEYBALL BOYS’ JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2015
USA Volleyball Returns to Columbus after Hosting Girls National Championships in 2012
October 15, 2013

DETROIT, COLUMBUS SELECTED TO HOST USA VOLLEYBALL EVENTS IN 2015
Columbus will serve as the host city for the 2015 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships
October 11, 2013

COLUMBUS BIDS ON 30 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS FOR 2014-15 THROUGH 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEARS
Ohio State, Ohio Dominican and the Sports Commission Submit Bids to Host 12 Championship Events in Seven Sports in Multiple Years October 1, 2013

COLUMBUS TO HOST USA FENCING’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JULY NORTH AMERICAN CUP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
The World’s Largest Fencing Tournament Returns to Columbus After an Estimated $5M in Visitor Spending in 2013
September 30, 2013

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS RETURN TO COLUMBUS FOR NBA PRESEASON GAME VS. THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
NBA Preseason Action Comes to Columbus
September 5, 2013

COLUMBUS ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO HOST VIEWING EVENT FOR ESPN FILMS AND ESPNW’S NINE FOR IX DOCUMENTARY, “BRANDED”
ESPN Vice President Carol Stiff to Visit Columbus for Documentary that Addresses Media Double Standard on Female Athletes
August 13, 2013

BOWLING’S U.S. OPEN AND BATTLE OF THE SEXES ROLLS INTO COLUMBUS
 Final Match Broadcast on ESPN Pitting Bowling’s U.S. Open Male and Female Champions Against One Another for the Ultimate Championship Title
July 11, 2013

COLUMBUS TO HOST ELITE SHOWCASE IN “BATTLE OF THE SWORDS”
2012 Olympic Champion Ruben Limardo Gascon and 2013 National Champion Miles Chamley-Watson Headline World Fencing Championship E
June 28, 2013 

COLUMBUS TO HOST LARGEST FENCING TOURNAMENT EVER IN USA FENCING’S 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NORTH AMERICAN CUP THIS SUMMER
10-Day Event Will Represent More Than an Estimated $5M in Visitor Spending and 9,000 Hotel Room Nights for City
June 3, 2013

OHIO STATE’S URBAN MEYER AND NATIONAL SPORTS BROADCASTERS CLARK KELLOGG, KIRK HERBSTREIT, EDDIE GEORGE AND CHRIS SPIELMAN TO HEADLINE “THE MORNING SPORTS REPORT”
Breakfast presented by Marathon  head to OSU campus to focus on Columbus’ unique connection to sports broadcasting on a national level May 10, 2013

THE GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION’S WEBSITE RECEIVES NASC OUTSTANDING ONLINE PRESENCE AND PRSA CENTRAL OHIO PRISM AWARDS
ColumbusSports.org Redesign in 2012 Garners National and Local Recognition
April 26, 2013

OHIO WESLEYAN TO HOST THE 2014 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
University Hosts Championships at Historic Shelby Stadium for Second Time in Four Years
April 16, 2013

CREW LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE ONCE AGAIN THROUGHOUT OHIO
Fan-Sponsored Petition Succeeds in Bringing Back Crew-Branded Ohio Plates; Sale Begins Today
April 11, 2013

CREW STADIUM TO HOST USA VS. MEXICO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER ON SEPTEMBER 10
U.S. Holds 3-0-0 Record in Three Shutouts Against Mexico in Columbus
March 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO, EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH TSE
GCSC and TSE Consulting to Continue Relationship through 2014 to Boost Event Bidding and Hosting Strategy for NCAA Championships
March 7, 2013

EXPERIENCE COLUMBUS YEAR-END 2012 VISITOR INDUSTRY REPORT
Record Amount of New Business Booked, Hotels Outpace National Average for Growth in 2012
March 5, 2013

GREATER COLUMBUS CERTIFIED TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAM LAUNCHED
More Than 300 CTAs Will Hit the Streets to Welcome Guests of the Arnold Sports Festival
February 26, 2013

INTEGRITY RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TO HOST COUNTRY’S LARGEST MEET WITH SPRING FLING INVITATIONAL – APRIL 5-7, 2013
Nearly 400 Gymnasts are Expected to Compete at the GCCC, including U.S. Top Gymnast Audrey Whitaker from Worthington
February 6, 2013

COLUMBUS SELECTED TO HOST THE 2015 NAGAAA GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES
Event First Held in 2010 Returns to City with Strong Community Impact Including an Estimated $5M Million Visitor Spending
January 29, 2013

COLUMBUS TO HOST MEN’S AND WOMEN’S USA HALF MARATHON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON IN 2016-2017
USATF Awards Houston 2014 & 2015 and Columbus 2016 & 2017 Championships
January 16, 2013