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June 13, 2014

Big Ten staying here

Indoor Track and Field Championships to return to Spire Institute for 2015, 2016 and 2017

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Big Ten and Spire Institute have announced a multi-year agreement to hold the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships at Spire Institute.

Spire Institute is one of the world’s largest indoor Olympic-grade multi-sport training, event, and academic complexes. Spire, which has hosted the Championships the last two years, will host the Big Ten Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. By utilizing Spire’s Indoor Track and Field Facility, one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the country, the Big Ten will host men’s and women’s championships together.

“We are so pleased to be able to host the Big Ten Track and Field Championship over the next three years,” Jeff Orloff, Chief Operating Officer at Spire Institute, said. “The level of competition and sportsmanship is unrivaled and we are so proud to be a part of such an illustrious conference championship.

“This is a great opportunity for Spire Institute to show off not only our facility, but to show off the Northern Ohio Region to yet another National Audience.”

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Big Ten Conference,” David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said. “Hosting the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships over the next three years will infuse over $1 million of economic activity and showcase our region to thousands of visitors and all those watching the Championships on the Big Ten Network.”

 Designated as a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site, Spire Institute has a 240,000 sq. ft. indoor Track and Field Complex.  The facility, according to Olympic gold medalist, and Spire Athlete Leadership Board Member Michael Johnson, is one of the best in the world.

An eight-lane, 300-meter Beynon synthetic track surface with 150-meter straightaways, sets the stage for easy setup and execution of any track event. For field events, the facility features two high jump pits, two long jump pits, two pole vault pits, and multiple throws areas, all which do not interfere with the track action.

Utilizing an Olympic-standard custom Lynx timing and scoring system, event results are posted quickly and accurately. The facility seats up to up to 5,000 spectators and features dynamic views of the entire track. A 25,000-square-foot, glass-encased banquet, hospitality and meeting space with gourmet dining options provides an ideal location to enjoy the event and allows participants to never have to leave the complex.

 Above and beyond track and field, Spire’s Olympic-grade facilities have the unique ability to simultaneously host tournaments and championship events in a variety of sports including volleyball, swimming and soccer. In addition to the Big Ten Track and Field Championships, championship events held at Spire in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to date include:

Big East Track and Field Conference Championship, NAIA Track and Field National Championship, MAC Women’s Volleyball Conference Championship, NCAA Div II Swimming and Diving National Championship, MAC Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championship and Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Conference Championship.

Spire’s Indoor Track and Field Complex also plays a major role for athletes attending Spire Academy. Spire began its high school and post graduate boarding academy in the fall of 2012. Spire’s nationally renowned coaches offer training programs in basketball, swimming, soccer, track and field, volleyball, soccer, and football.

Spire Institute is the world’s premier destination for high school and post graduates seeking to optimize athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Spire’s unique program delivers customized training, competition, and athletic development with Michael Johnson Performance. In addition, the integration of mental conditioning, nutritional guidance, character building and a variety of other educational options enhances the opportunity for athletes to reach their full potential.

The Academy offers residential semesters, weekend training sessions, as well as a full schedule of summer camps and features the most diverse and inclusive collection of athletes assembled on one campus.

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