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Cleveland to Host 2013 NACB Finals
2013 NORTH AMERICAN GAELIC GAMES FINALS TO BE HOSTED IN CLEVELAND
Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie Championships
CLEVELAND, OHIO (December 5, 2011) - The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association are pleased to announce that the 2013 North American Gaelic Games Finals will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the annual championship of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie and will bring approximately 80 men's and women's teams from around the United States to Victory Park Ohio over Labor Day Weekend.
"The Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association is very excited to have won the rights to host the 2013 North American Gaelic Games. We are equally excited that Cleveland will be the host city due to its long and celebrated history of Gaelic Games going back roughly 90 years," stated Mark Owens, Chairman of the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association.
Cleveland's own St. Pat's Gaelic Football Club has campaigned to host the games for six years on behalf of the division. St. Pat's Club Chairman and also current Midwest Divisional Chairman Mark Owens, originally from Derry City, Ireland, has spearheaded the bid each time.
"Cleveland has a tremendous history with the Gaelic Games and the Irish community in general. Gaelic football, hurling and camogie are typically very high tempo with constant action. Having the National Games here will give us a great opportunity to bring awareness and our hope is that we can further develop the games here in the Cleveland area. I would especially like to thank the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission for their assistance with both resources and ideas over the past few years and look forward to working together once again to help make this a memorable event for participating athletes and spectators," continued Owens.
"The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is thrilled to support the Midwest Gaelic Athletic Association in hosting a successful tournament and welcome athletes and visitors from all across the United States to Cleveland. I am confident that everyone will have a first-rate experience here," said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
In addition to the competitions, Kamm's Corners in Cleveland will host several social events throughout the weekend. With authentic Irish Pubs and several live music venues, great restaurants and shops, Kamm's Corners is a fun and vibrant neighborhood with eclectic entertainment options.
"We are so happy to see the Gaelic Games are coming to Cleveland in 2013. With our large Irish population in Kamm's Corners and St. Pat's Gaelic Football Club right around the corner, we look forward to seeing many of the athletes in our neighborhood after the games conclude each day," stated Steve Lorenz, Executive Director of Kamm's Corners Development Corporation.
The Gaelic Games are expected to bring an estimated $1.2 million into the local region through economic activity. For more information, please visit http://www.clevelandsports.org/ or http://www.northamericangaa.com/.