Friday, January 31, 2014

College championship season at SPIRE Institute looming

The sprawling SPIRE Institute in Geneva continues to increase its big-event profile.

The facility's plush indoor track is booked with college events for five of the next six weekends. The signature events are the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 28-March 1 and the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 6-8. SPIRE also hosted the Big Ten meet last year.

Other indoor track events coming to Geneva include this weekend's SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track and Field Open, SPIRE Division II Indoor Track and Field Challenge Feb. 7-8 and SPIRE Division I Indoor Track and Field Invitational Feb. 14-15.

SPIRE's pool will also be filled with trimmed athletes. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Feb. 12-14), Atlantic 10 Conference (Feb. 19-22) and Mid-American Conference (Feb. 27-March 1) are conducting conference championships in Geneva. SPIRE's collegiate swimming cycle concludes with the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships March 12-15. The Division II meet is the same weekend as the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at Public Auditorium in downtown Cleveland.

The volume of championship events represents a good sign for SPIRE and raises the possibility of an NCAA Division I championship coming to Geneva. SPIRE's track and swimming facilities are arguably the best in the Midwest and being located directly off Interstate 90 makes it an attractive site for selection committees.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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