CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A decision has been made to bring the 2014 Gay Games to Cleveland.
In Germany, the announcement was made at 12:30 p.m. EST on the host city.
The other finalists were Boston and Washington D.C.
The City of Cleveland pledged $700,000 if the 2014 Gay Games comes to Northeast Ohio. In-kind donations totaling $1.3 million for police, logistical support and the use of certain facilities (like Cleveland Browns Stadium) are also part of the incentive package.
Cleveland City council members voted to grant the money hoping for a boost to the City's economy of $60 million or more. Although big sporting events are not uncommon in Cleveland (like the International Children's Games in 2004, the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2007 or the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2009), there has never been a single event of this magnitude. Reports from Chicago estimate the Gay Games it held in 2006 pumped $80 million into the Midwest city's regional economy.
"Because Cleveland is so centrally located for the participating athletes and their fans, incredibly affordable and has solid commitments from partners in the community, we really think we have a shot at this," says Dan Williams, Positively Cleveland's VP of Sales.
Since Positively Cleveland became involved with the bid in 2008, the destination marketing organization (DMO) has contributed close to $60,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.