Anecdotal evidence (read: what lands in our inbox) suggests Cleveland was the most enthusiastic about securing the 2014 Gay Games, but Boston and Washington, D.C. are still in it to win it. At 12:30pm EST the Federation of Gay Games will announce which American city is going to reap a few million bucks in tax revenue — and the largest concentration of hot jocks. (UPDATE: Cleveland gets it!)
THIS JUST IN: It’ll be Cleveland, Ohio, that will host the 2014 games, officials in Cologne, Germany (site of the 2010 Games) just announced. With 15,000 athletes and 28 events, it’s a boon to the local economy and, let’s face it, that giant Cleveland bathhouse.
And locals will say, they deserved it.
As we noted before, Cleveland’s LGBT community has been active in rallying support (and media attention) for the Games. And Cleveland’s City Council even approved a $700,000 grant to help host the event.
At Chicago’s 2006 games, Gay Games officials estimated 140,000 spectators came, generating between $50-80 million in additional tax revenue.
Says Valarie McCall, Cleveland’s government affairs chief: “Whether you are LGBT or GLBT or straight or minority or not, this awarding of the games to the beautiful city of Cleveland will really help take it to the next level … I promise you that on behalf of our leadership, when you come to Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., we will, we will, rock you.”