Event Résumé

10+ Years of Bringing Sporting Events to the Greater Columbus Region

Big-time sporting events bring big-time dollars to Columbus. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission works with community partners to land events that attract thousands of visitors and generate millions of dollars in visitor spending.

The Sports Commission constantly works to secure multiple events by turning bids into bookings, submitting new bids and identifying future opportunities. Navigate through the tabs to learn about major bookings and bids and check out the major events coming to Columbus in 2014.

In the last 10+ years, Columbus has hosted over 50 NCAA championships and 25 Big Ten championships in baseball, basketball, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, polo, volleyball and zone diving. Columbus is also home to 21 (of 28) Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments, believed to be one of the largest numbers for any single U.S city. In 2014, the state high school football finals will return to iconic Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes football team.

In addition, Columbus has hosted the following events since just 2010:

  • National Association of Sports Commission’s Annual Symposium
  • McDonald’s All-American High School Games
  • Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament (four consecutive years)
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series
  • FIFA Women’s Soccer Exhibition and Men’s World Cup Qualifiers
  • USA Swimming Grand Prix (two years)
  • U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championships
  • USA Weightlifting National Championships and Olympic Trials
  • USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships,
  • USA Fencing National Championships and North American Cup
  • The Presidents Cup among other national events

In the last decade, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission has bid on and brought more than 240 new sporting events to Columbus, while retaining annual bid events that together generate hundreds of millions in visitor spending.

2002

  • NCAA Women’s Volleyball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships
  • US Fencing Association North American Cup

2003

  • FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Regional Championships
  • NCAA Men’s College Cup
  • NCAA Baseball Super Regional
  • USA Gymnastics Region 5 Boys Championships
  • USA Volleyball Junior Regionals

2004

  • NCAA Men’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Volleyball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Soccer First, Second, Third and Fourth Rounds

2005

  • NCAA Frozen Four
  • MLS All-Star Game
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifier – U.S. vs. Mexico
  • ITA National Indoor Championships
  • NCAA Women’s Volleyball – First and Second Rounds

2006

  • U.S. Olympic Trials – Synchronized Swimming
  • International Diving Invitational
  • USA Volleyball Mizuno Midwest Qualifier
  • Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
  • US Club Soccer State Cup
  • NCAA Field Hockey – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships
  • NCAA Zone Diving
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional

2007

  • NCAA Men’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s Soccer – First, Second, Third and Fourth Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships
  • NHL Entry Draft
  • Big Ten Men’s Polo Championships
  • NCAA Softball Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional

2008

  • USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships
  • Professional Bowlers Association Tour
  • USA Wrestling Kids Regional
  • USA Volleyball Mizuno Mideast Qualifier
  • NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships
  • NCAA Synchronized Swimming National Championships
  • NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional
  • NCAA Zone Diving
  • NCAA Men’s Golf Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional
  • NCAA Fencing National Championships

2009

  • Big Ten Baseball Tournament
  • Big Ten Track & Field Outdoor Championships
  • NCAA Women’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional
  • NCAA Women’s Volleyball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s & Women’s Soccer – First, Second, Third and Fourth Rounds
  • NCAA Softball Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional
  • NCAA Women’s Golf Regional
  • NCAA Fencing Midwest Regional

2010

  • Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament
  • McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Games
  • NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series
  • National Association of Sports Commissions National Symposium
  • NCAA Men’s Soccer – First, Second, Third and Fourth Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Soccer – First, Second, Third and Fourth Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships
  • NCAA Softball Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional
  • USA Diving Winter National Championships
  • USA Swimming Grand Prix

2011

  • NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  • NCAA Women’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Championships
  • NCAA Fencing National Championships
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Exhibition – U.S. vs. Japan
  • Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament
  • US National Synchronized Swimming Championships
  • NCAA Zone Diving
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional

2012

  • Big Ten Baseball Tournament
  • Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament
  • MLS Business Summit
  • NCAA Men’s Fencing National Championship
  • NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship
  • NCAA Rifle National Championship
  • NCAA Women’s Golf Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Match – U.S. vs. Jamaica
  • USA Swimming Grand Prix
  • USA Weightlifting National Championships and US Olympic Team Trials
  • USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships

2013

  • Big Ten Track and Field Outdoor Championships
  • Bowling’s U.S. Open and International Family Tournament
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Match – USA vs. Mexico
  • MLS Business Summit
  • NASCAR Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball – First and Second Rounds
  • NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional
  • NCAA Rifle National Championship
  • NCAA Men’s Golf Regional
  • NCAA Men’s Tennis Regional
  • The Presidents Cup
  • USA Fencing National Championships

2014 Events

  • NCAA Zone Diving | March 13-15 | Ohio State - McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
  • National Collegiate Fencing Championships | March 20-23 | Ohio State - French Fieldhouse
  • NCAA Division III Track & Field Outdoor Championships | May 22-24 | Ohio Wesleyan – Selby Stadium
  • Association of Chief Executives of Sports Annual Meeting | June 2 | Hyatt Regency Columbus Downtown
  • USA Fencing National Championships | June 22 – July 3 | Greater Columbus Convention Center
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association State Football Finals | December 5-6, 2014 | Ohio State – Ohio Stadium
  • USA Diving Winter National Championships | December 16-21, 2014 | Ohio State – McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion