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Division 1 wrestling championships coming to Cleveland in 2018

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association will bring three championship events to Greater Cleveland in 2017 and 2018, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Wednesday.

The championship events awarded will contribute a combined $18 to $23 million of economic activity to the region and bring over 25,000 visitors to the area.

"We are once again thrilled that the NCAA has recognized Cleveland as an outstanding host for its championship events," said David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO. "These events will bring tens of millions of dollars of economic activity to Cleveland over the coming years. Just as importantly, these events allow Cleveland to impress thousands and thousands of people from all over the country. We believe that the domino effect of exposing these sports fan to Cleveland will be felt long into the future."

The 2018 Division I Wrestling National Championship tops the list of awarded events. Hosted with the Mid-American Conference at Quicken Loans Arena from March 15-17, 2018 the event is expected to bring $15 to $20 million of economic activity to the region.

"The Division I Wrestling Championships is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Cleveland's ability to host outstanding major sporting events," said Gilbert. "Not only will the event infuse an estimated $15 to $20 million of economic activity into Greater Cleveland, it will highlight Cleveland's vibrant downtown to tens of thousands of athletes, fans, parents and coaches. This is a significant announcement in the continued quest to make Cleveland the premier destination for sporting events in the country."

Other championships awarded to Cleveland were the 2017 Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at SPIRE Institute and the 2018 Division III Wrestling Championships at Public Auditorium.

The announcement continues a long-standing relationship between the Sports Commission and the NCAA.

Since 2006, the Sports Commission has attracted 17 NCAA Championship events, accounting for $65 million of economic activity, to Northeast Ohio.

The Sports Commission will host three NCAA events this spring: the Division II Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at SPIRE Institute, Division II Wrestling Championships at Public Auditorium and Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship at The Game of Wickliffe.

The organization is also preparing to host the 2015 Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional at Quicken Loans Arena. 

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