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2004 Gravity Games in Cleveland
September 15-19, 2004
The Outdoor Life Network purchased the Gravity Games in early 2004, and
shortly after that ownership change was announced, they
confirmed that the Gravity Games will remain in
Cleveland, Ohio USA for at least one more year.
Stamford, CT (March 15, 2004): Outdoor Life® Network
announces that the Gravity Games - the world’s leading
action sports competition - will return to Cleveland’s
North Coast Harbor for the third consecutive year. The
event will take place from September 15-19 and OLN will
broadcast more than 20 hours of exclusive coverage during
"Cleveland has a proven track record of hosting this event
and drawing fans," said OLN Vice President of Business
Development Brad Friedrich. "OLN’s coverage of the event
will capture the unique spirit of the Gravity Games and
of the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. We’re excited
to work with local officials and the organizers to make
this a spectacular event."
The 2003 Gravity Games drew 163,000 spectators, as more
than 225 world-class action sports athletes from 13
countries competed in nine events, including bike, inline
skating, skateboarding, wakeboarding and freestyle motocross.
The Gravity Games held their first-ever live broadcast
from Cleveland on September 14, 2003, featuring the freestyle
motocross competition. The event also featured performances
from two of today’s top bands, Jane’s Addiction and Simple Plan.
"The success of Gravity Games the past two years is
indicative of our community's ability to successfully
host major events," said David Gilbert, President & CEO
of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "That has
led to a renewed partnership between Gravity Games and
Cleveland, and continues Cleveland's rise to be the
nation's premier destination for major national and
international sporting events."
"This is great news for Cleveland," said Mayor Jane L.
Campbell. "We are excited to welcome back the Gravity
Games this year. In addition to bringing people downtown,
to our hotels, our restaurants, and our waterfront, the
Gravity Games also bring national exposure to our great
City. I encourage all Greater Clevelanders to attend this
awesome extreme sports competition."
"We are pleased that the Convention & Visitors Bureau
(CVB) of Greater Cleveland is able to co-sponsor the
Gravity Games for the third consecutive year in a row,"
said Dennis Roche, Interim President for the CVB. "The
300,000 people in town for the Games bring excitement
to our city, and boost the economy."
"The Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners is proud,
once again, to sponsor the Gravity Games and to welcome
the event back for the third consecutive year," said
Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, President, Board of
County Commissioners. "Generating an estimated $30
million for our local economy, attracting hundreds of
thousands of spectators and filling downtown restaurants
and hotels with tourists, it is exactly the kind of
return on investment the county seeks."
The Gravity Games is the highest-rated, action sports
television event in the United States. NBC aired a total
of 10 hours of national coverage in 2003. In 2004, OLN
will double that coverage by broadcasting more than 20
hours of the event.
OLN has retained Octagon’s services for the staging of
the games in a multi-year agreement. Octagon will continue
to provide marketing, sales and event operations support
as well as advise OLN on the action sports industry.
In addition to the competitions, the summer Gravity Games
also showcase a variety of lifestyle elements that appeal
to its young and active audience. Spectators enjoy live
music from today’s hottest bands, interactive elements,
films, product displays and more. The interactive elements
allow spectators the unique opportunity to capture the
thrills of the Gravity Games. Spectators can inline skate
or skateboard on an obstacle-filled street course, soar
on a BMX dirt course complete with jumps, banks and berms
or scale a climbing wall. For complete information on the
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