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The Erie Sports Commission offers comprehensive support for attracting and hosting sporting events in Erie County, based on your event’s individual needs. Services offered could include:

  • Bid Development
  • Grant Funding
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Venue/Facility Procurement
  • Sponsorship Development
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Government Relations & City Support Services
  • Event Management
  • Media Relations
  • Entertainment & Hospitality
  • Economic Impact Reports


Apply for Event Support

Services offered vary based on the size and scope of hosted events. Past examples of event support have included:

Marketing and Promotional Assistance

  • Social media matching grants
  • Co-host a Facebook event to expand audience
  • Professional photography for use in future promotions
  • Organic social media promotion based on event timeline
  • Custom event page on that includes ticket links, host hotel and visitor information
  • Event listed on and local community calendars
  • Ensure event information is highlighted in various community outlets, such as VisitErie and other community e-newsletters, partner social media platforms and in venue signage and websites
  • Event included in VisitErie annual calendar of events brochure and Adventure Guide
  • Engage local sports clubs to promote the event to its members
  • Provide welcome and safety signage for display at hotels and event site

Event Enhancements

  • Gift baskets
  • Host hotel room blocks and booking links
  • Participant surveys
  • Local organizing committees
  • Work with VisitErie partners to offer restaurant or attraction discounts
  • Create event-specific guides to attractions based on athlete interests

Media Relations

  • Press release distributed with key event news, including event announcement, registration and ticketing deadlines or schedules
  • Host an event press conference with local media
  • Schedule interviews with local sports media
  • Event stories pitched for local news or sports travel media features