Develop a Downtown Field House
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The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) has had great success in recent years attracting sports events to Columbus.
The GCCC hosted 34 events in 2009, leading to 53,500 hotel rooms being booked and $104.6 million in economic impact. Even in a down economy, the GCCC will grow this segment of its business in 2010 with 42 events scheduled to take place.
A new Downtown Field House, located on the Convention Facilities AuthorityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parking lot east of the Ohio Center, would allow the GCCC to expand its sports event capacity and boost the Downtown and local economy. A dedicated facility, designed especially for sports events, would be a significant upgrade over current facilities that were designed for trade shows and other business events. With the sports events moved to a new facility, space would free up in the Convention Center to add to its convention business. In addition to sports events, this facility could also have gym space for Downtown residents and office workersÃ¢â‚¬â€providing a needed Downtown amenity.