Why Erie?

why Erie Page 2Home to four professional sports teams with state of the art venues and centrally located between three major cities on Pennsylvania’s only shore, Erie, Pennsylvania is the ideal place for hosting your sports event. The Erie Sports Commission, the National Sports Commission of the Year in 2014 and 2016, offers a variety of support services that set our city apart and make hosting an event in Erie easy.

Even winter weather does not hinder Erie’s capability of hosting a wide range of sporting events. Quality venues like the Erie Insurance ArenaBayfront Convention Center, ErieBank Sports Park (formerly Family First Sports Park), Presque Isle State Park, and four local college campuses allow for both indoor and outdoor activities all year round.  While events in such sports as soccer, running, basketball, wrestling, and fishing have been most noteworthy, the ESC is prepared to assist in promoting, supporting, and maximizing the potential of all kinds of sporting events and competitions!

It’s easy to get to Erie, and with more than 4,000 hotel rooms, you’ll always have a comfortable place to stay. We’re less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo, and a three hour drive from Toronto. Erie’s vibrant cultural scene and unique dining establishments will complete a great experience for any group when the competition is over!  Visit VisitErie.com for a more detailed description of all Erie has to offer.

Erie has great sports facilities, plentiful and quality housing options, experienced sports leaders, and many sponsorship options. We also boast of a great base of support for your sporting event, whether you are seeking fans, participants, or volunteers! Erie has hosted many great sporting events at the local, regional, state, and national levels, including the 2014 NCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Elite 8, 2013 B.A.S.S. Masters Mid-Atlantic Divisional, 2011 Women’s Division I Frozen Four, 2014 PA State Bowling Championships, PA Junior Wrestling Championships, and more. Check us out! We Get Sports!

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