Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Looking forward to Cleveland's new convention center and medical mart

FreshWaterCleveland interviews Tony Prusak, the guy in charge of promoting the new Cleveland convention center currently under construction. The center is set to host several Gay Games sport and culture events. Here's an extract:

The new convention center will be largely underground occupying approximately the same space as the old one. What's really new?

The ceiling height of the old center was about 17 feet with pillars 30 feet on center, which just doesn't work compared to modern convention centers. The new facility will feature 235,000 square feet of Class A exhibit space with 30-foot ceilings and a minimal amount of pillars. The old facility only had two dock doors. Now we'll have 18 with easy accessibility to move trade shows through.

The other really nice thing we'll have is a 32,000-square-foot grand ballroom with 30-foot windows overlooking Lake Erie, Browns Stadium and the Rock Hall that will accommodate about 2,700 guests.

How do you sell convention space that won't be open for more than two years?

We have fantastic renderings of the facility. We're able to show people exactly what the meeting space is going to look like, but the real secret is selling the vision of what Cleveland is about.

Cleveland is a foodie town. Not every Midwest city has world class restaurants like Cleveland. People are amazed by East 4th Street, Tremont, and the Warehouse District. The new casino is another added amenity to offer our conventioneers, and we have an aquarium on the horizon. Then there's the ease of access getting into greater Cleveland. It's just 30 minutes from the luggage carousel at Hopkins to Downtown. Cleveland is also a very affordable destination.

Read in full HERE.

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