CLEVELAND – Although it’s still two years away, planning for the has already begun Pan American Championships 2024 (PAMG) in Cleveland.
The Pan American Masters Games is a flagship of the International Masters Games Association.
They are scheduled to take place in northeast Ohio from July 12-21, 2024.
This will be the first time the Games will be hosted in Cleveland, let alone the United States.
According to the International Masters Games Association, the event is expected to bring together more than 7,500 athletes and thousands more spectators from around the world.
“I’d like to say that we submitted our first bid back in 2017,” said Rachael Stentz-Baugher of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, who will also serve as executive director of the event.
The multisport event is expected to be the largest international gathering in the city’s history.
“I think we’re looking at potentially 20,000 to 40,000 people,” Stentz-Baugher said.
It is estimated that it will generate nearly $18 million in direct spending on Cleveland’s economy.
Similar to the Olympic Games, PAMG takes place every four years and includes athletes from more than 50 countries in the Americas competing for medals in up to 30 sports, including track and field, tennis, basketball, pickle ball and cycling.
The event is called the Masters Games because all of the participating athletes are 30 years or older, with some participants being over 100 years old.
Stentz-Baugher said the full list of sports to be hosted at the 2024 Pan American Masters Games is not complete, but many are expected to be hosted at Lake Erie.
“We decided to add as much as possible on the lake because we definitely want to show off our lakefront,” she told Spectrum News.
Stentz-Baugher said the main hub for the Games will be downtown Cleveland.
“We definitely plan to use the Huntington Convention Center and the Public Auditorium,” she said, alongside using area schools like Cleveland State University and possibly Baldwin Wallace University.
This major sporting event is one of many held in Cleveland. In recent years, the city has also hosted the NFL Draft and the NBA All-Star Game.
Stentz-Baugher said she hopes the PAMG is the first of many more international sporting events to make their way to Northeast Ohio.