Press Releases

Press Releases

CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOMEN’S SPORTS REPORT, PRESENTED BY OHIOHEALTH The Greater Columbus Sports Commission will host its 5th annual The Women’s Sports Report, presented by OhioHealth, on Tuesday, February 10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand Ballroom from 7:15-9 a.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park, presented by Worthington Industries, outdoor rink at McFerson Commons and snow slide along Nationwide Blvd., 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
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO HOST 2015 PROMOTIONAL SEMINAR IN COLUMBUSThree-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 Event featuring Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and renowned recording group New Politics 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 Greater Columbus Sports Commission 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” John Davidson, Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson to participate in breakfast presented by Marathon highlighting 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 With All-Time High of More Than 4,000 Athletes, 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 Honorary Chair for Group of Business Leaders United 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, Greater Columbus Sports Commission 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 2017-2018Columbus 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 All-Time High of 4,000+ Athletes, 400+ Teams, 9,000 Hotel Room Nights and 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” espnW 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 Week Long Tournament Will Culminate in Special 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 Experience presented by SwordSport June 28, 2013  COLUMBUS TO HOST LARGEST FENCING TOURNAMENT EVER IN USA FENCING’S 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NORTH AMERICAN CUP THIS SUMMER With All-Time High of Nearly 4,000 Athletes and 400+ Teams, 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 will head to OSU’s campus and 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 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 Selby 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 Greater Columbus Sports Commission 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 Greater Columbus Convention Center, 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 5,000 Participants, 4,600 Room Nights and 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