Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships Extend Relationship with City of Dayton

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20 Jul 2018

At their recent annual meeting, the WGI Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept a proposal renewing Dayton, Ohio, as the host city for the 2020-2024 WGI World Championships. The approved plan will keep the world championships as well as the headquarters office in the Dayton area. After 24 months of thorough consideration, the bid was determined to be the best option for the continued growth of the indoor marching arts activity.

Jacquelyn Powell, Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau President/CEO, coordinated a comprehensive proposal with all current contest venues and hotels to keep the WGI World Championships in the Miami Valley area. Community leaders from Montgomery County and Greene County rallied to bring together the entire Miami Valley area to remind WGI that Dayton is their home.

Ms. Powell states, “On behalf of the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Dayton community I would like to express how thrilled we are that the WGI Board voted unanimously to continue to host their WGI World Championships in Dayton through 2024! We are proud to say that WGI, and the WGI World Championships, have become a part of the fabric of our community. We feel privileged to be the home of WGI’s world headquarters and their World Championship events and look forward to a partnership that will continue to grow for many years into the future!”

A major factor in the decision is the bold and significant $72 million renovation the University of Dayton Arena is currently undergoing to better accommodate fans and performers. New seats and handrails, upgraded ADA seating, new video boards, and an improved audio system have already been completed.

“Bringing nearly 60,000 visitors to the area and almost $20 million in revenue over the course of the two championships weekends, WGI is the largest event in the Miami Valley and has a significant impact on the Dayton economy. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Dayton and the surrounding Miami Valley area,” said WGI Director of Operations, Bart Woodley.

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