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Why Erie?

The Erie Sports Commission has earned a reputation for hosting safe and successful events in Erie, Pennsylvania over the last nine years. 

So, why should you host your next great sporting event on our Great Lake? Here are five reasons to get you started. 

Contact Ben Huggler, Event Services Director, and we'll tell you more.  


Working with the experts, Erie has remained an active sporting event community throughout the pandemic, and has done so with athlete and community safety above all else. From the beginning, our team has consulted with our partners at the Erie County Department of Health to help event directors make informed decisions to best keep athletes safe. Sporting events in Erie are safe sporting events.

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When you host here, consider our team a part of your own. Our support services are in place to help you host your event successfully, including grant money and marketing services. The ESC team collectively has more than 20 years of experience in sports tourism, we’re all SafeSport Certified, and we’re game to host whatever type of sport you throw at us. From hockey and lacrosse, to cornhole and yo-yo competition, we’re ready to assist in any way.


With updated sports venues, vast outdoor spaces, four colleges with DI, DII and DIII facilities, and direct access to Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay, Erie County has a wide variety of facilities with proven success hosting regular sporting events. Many of our premiere and collegiate venues have undergone major renovations in the last five years, and they’re well-versed in executing high profile sporting events. Check out our venues by sport, and contact us so we can arrange a site visit. 

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Erie is a year-round tourism destination with attractions to interest athletes of all ages. Spend a day at the water on Presque Isle State Park, where millions of people visit each year to enjoy 13 miles of sandy beaches, picturesque hiking and biking, kayaking, fishing and so much more. Families love the rides and slides at Waldameer Park & Water World or Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park, and cheering for our minor-pro sports teams. Our waterfront isn’t just picturesque, it’s an outstanding location for water sports and recreation. Check out for a full list of attractions and amenities.


Erie is Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, located at the intersection of two major interstates and less than a 90-minute drive to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Once you arrive, more than 4,500 sleeping rooms have been cleaned, prepped and ready for your stay. Erie's hotels can accommodate groups of many sizes and all budgets, and are located in close driving distance to our best facilities and attractions.

Consider our city location on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, along with our stellar sports venues, easy access, fun attractions and a true partnership with an award-winning sports commission, and you’ll see what operators of many types of sporting events know to be true: Erie Gets Sports.

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