Feb. 15, 2012
GENEVA, Ohio – February 15, 2012 – In 2013, The Big Ten will hold its Track & Field Championships at SPIRE Institute (www.spireinstitute.org), one of the world’s largest indoor Olympic-grade multi-sport training, event, and academic complexes. SPIRE will host the Big Ten Championships in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. By utilizing SPIRE’s Indoor Track & Field Facility, one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the country, the Big Ten will host their men’s and women’s championships together.
SPIRE’s 240,000 sq. ft. indoor Track & Field Complex, 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 two, 150-meter straightaways sets the stage for easy set-up 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 and ample concessions. Overlooking the 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.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2013 Track & Field Championships at SPIRE,” said Wendy Fallen, Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Championships. “The facilities and commitment put forth by SPIRE and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will undoubtedly lead to a terrific event.
The agreement calls for the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships to be held at SPIRE, with additional years to be decided individually. In addition to Track & 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.
“Northeast Ohio has built a reputation as being one of the premier destinations in the country for hosting major sporting events,” said David Gilbert, president & CEO, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “The addition of SPIRE Institute takes it to a new level. Being awarded the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships is evidence of what SPIRE can mean to our community.”
SPIRE’s Indoor Track & Field Complex will also play a major role for athletes attending SPIRE Academy. SPIRE will begin its high school and post graduate boarding academy in the fall of 2012 for student athletes seeking to optimize athletic, academic and leadership abilities. SPIRE’s nationally renowned coaches will offer training programs in swimming, soccer, track and field, volleyball and basketball. 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 on and off the track.
The Academy will offer residential semesters, weekend training sessions as well as a full schedule of summer camps; and will feature the most diverse and inclusive collection of athletes assembled on one campus.
“We are honored that the Big Ten has recognized our track & field complex by selecting us to host their joint men’s and women’s championships,” said Ron Clutter, founder & CEO, SPIRE Institute. “SPIRE was designed to have the capacity and facilities to host all sized competitions – from clubs and leagues to collegiate championships and multi-day events. We are excited to work with the Ben Ten to make the 2013 event a success and look forward to welcoming the teams, coaches and fans to SPIRE.”
About SPIRE Institute
SPIRE integrates sports and education, training and learning with a focus on the development of the whole self. It features 750,000 sq. ft. of Olympic grade facilities under roof, acres of outdoor fields and a multi-sport stadium complex. SPIRE can simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events no matter the weather or the season. Spire Institute and its nationally renowned coaches offer residential training programs in soccer, track & field, volleyball, swimming and basketball. Junior athletes will train alongside collegians, professionals, wounded veterans, Olympians, Paralympians and masters level athletes. SPIRE will offer residential semester athletic programs, weekend and weekly sports training sessions, mental conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition and wellness programs, and a variety of customized academic options. SPIRE Institute is a part of the Geneva area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust, a non-profit organization that re-invests every dollar back into the development of its athletes, its programs and its facilities.