2013 Senior Games start Friday in Cleveland; event expected to bring $35 million to the area

CLEVELAND - Organizers believe the 2013 National Senior Games will bring $35 million to the Cleveland area over the next couple of weeks.

President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission David Gilbert said 30,000 people are expected to visit the city for the games. Gilbert said he found out that's the largest number of visitors to the city for one single event in decades.

Twenty-two cities across the country wanted to host the event, but Cleveland was selected this year.

Three-thousand volunteers will help at the games and nearly 11,000 athletes are taking part in 19 different sporting competitions.

The new Cleveland Convention Center is one of the locations where the games are being played. Cleveland State and Case Western will also host competitions.

The Senior Games run from July 19 to Aug. 1.

For a list of all the events happening, you can check out the National Senior Games website: http://on.wews.com/11ZpL7B

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