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Sports commission submits bid to host State Games of America

June 2, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Meijer State Games recognized as state's top event
The Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games and Winter Games are multi-sport, Olympic-style events. Photo via fb.com

With the first four years of the Meijer State Games of Michigan a growing success, the West Michigan Sports Commission is looking to go national.

The commission said last week that it has submitted a bid to host the State Games of America in 2017.

13,000 athletes

The Olympic-style event is produced by the National Congress of State Games every two years and features the State Games medal winners from across the country since the previous games.

The commission estimates that the games would bring in more than 5,000 out-of-state athletes — and 8,000 Michigan athletes as the home state. More than 30 states send athletes.

The event would feature more than 50 sports, with all facilities being within a 30-minute drive of downtown Grand Rapids.

The commission estimates the event would generate more than $5 million of spending in the community.

Guswiler added that the success and growth of the Meijer State Games of Michigan has positioned the commission “well in successfully hosting the State Games of America.”

Competing cities

Grand Rapids is up against four cities to host the national event: Hampton Roads, Va., Lincoln, Neb., Oklahoma City and San Diego. The 2015 event will be in Lincoln.

By June 20, the National Congress of State Games will announce which of the five cities will receive site visits. The final host city announcement will be made in October.

The 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games will be held in the Grand Rapid area June 20-22.

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