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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Matt Mace added to this discussion on January 3, 2018

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180103/blogs06/147266/sports-commission-estimates-10-big-events-it-will-host-2018-will-top

In an article on the economic impact of the 10 biggest events hosted by Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in 2018, Crain's highlights the NCAA D1 finals in the article and expects it to have a $15 million impact. 3 of the 7 events that are expected to have at least $1 million impact are wrestling. In addition to D1 championships, NCAA D3 Championships will also be in Cleveland and the USA Wrestling Cadet and University National Championships are each projected to have a $1 million impact.
These events bring in lots of out of town guests that stay multiple nights at area hotels. It states that wrestling has a "cult-like following".

This article only mentions events that will be hosted by the GCSC, but Walsh Ironman is another local economic stimulant with all of the out of town guests it brings in.

I know people love St Louis, but enough already! NCAA needs to spread the wealth to other cities that support wrestling too. St Louis has hosted 8 times since 2000 and has 2021 locked up already.



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Mark Niemann added to this discussion on January 3, 2018

Hopefully half of that money goes to Hank!

Concerning site: I'd like to see NCAAs rotate but use STL as the hub.

EX:
2018: Cleveland
2019: STL
2020: Denver
2021: STL
2022: OKC
2023: STL
2024: NC or TN



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Mark Cummings added to this discussion on January 3, 2018

I'd like to see Indianapolis host. Great arena with lots of hotels and eateries within walking distance. The city hosts the Big Ten basketball tournament every couple years and it gets good reviews from fans. Same with the Big Ten football championship although that's just one day.



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Matt Mace added to this discussion on January 3, 2018

Quote from Mark Niemann's post:

"Hopefully half of that money goes to Hank!

Concerning site: I'd like to see NCAAs rotate but use STL as the hub.

EX:
2018: Cleveland
2019: STL
2020: Denver
2021: STL
2022: OKC
2023: STL
2024: NC or TN"


Ouch! So you'd like NCAA to increase the number of times that they go to St Louis. Just curious why? Is it that much better than all other sites?

Future dates that have been determined are:
2018:Cleveland
2019:Pittsburgh
2020:Minneapolis
2021:St Louis
2022:Detroit



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Mark Niemann added to this discussion on January 4, 2018

I do believe I’ve been to STL twice and both times I enjoyed it. And it is centrally located. Having it in STL allows for most teams to travel to support their guys. I dislike the idea of the event taking place in an overly awkward location - such as Miami, FL, Maine, or Seattle, Washington (not that anyone has mentioned it but I offer them as examples as to why STL is a good fit). All great places in their own right I’m sure.

I missed listing Indy. I like that!



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Hank Kornblut added to this discussion on January 4, 2018

The dirty little secret is that the majority of D1 programs are in the east. St Louis is central to Oklahoma and Iowa.

Cleveland, Philly, NY, Columbus are much more central locations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NCAA_Division_I_wrestling_programs



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Jeff Streu added to this discussion on January 7, 2018

Quote from Hank Kornblut's post:

"The dirty little secret is that the majority of D1 programs are in the east. St Louis is central to Oklahoma and Iowa.

Cleveland, Philly, NY, Columbus are much more central locations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NCAA_Division_I_wrestling_programs"



Agreed, Hank.

Here is a map of all NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA college wrestling teams https://batchgeo.com/map/c0e81f035bb980370884a6157e67ed9a

Not 100% up to date, as it still shows Boise State, but it supports the argument that the D1 tournament would be best suited somewhere east of the Mississippi. Somewhere in Ohio or Indiana would be driving distance for almost three quarters of the teams' fans.



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Discussion Topic: Economic impact of wrestling on NE Ohio
Mark Niemann added to this discussion on January 8, 2018

Jeff: the more I thought about Indianapolis, the more I loved the idea! Perfect location!



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