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Gay Games Update: Site Selection Committee Officials Are in Town

n91874916644_5839This is a big weekend – perhaps the biggest! – in the District's bid to host the Gay Games in 2014.

The Washington Blade reports that, having already visited the other two cities vying to play host, Boston and Cleveland, the three members of the Federation of Gay Games' site selection committee are in town for a few days, starting today, to assess the suitability of various venues.

Among them: Nationals Stadium (opening ceremony), RFK Stadium (closing ceremony), George Washington University (basketball, racquetball, the "physique" competition), the University of Maryland at College Park (swimming and diving, power lifting, rugby, golf), Dunbar High School (track and field), and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington (self-explanatory).

The city will stage a Gay Games rally on Monday at Stead Field – the D.C. bid's slogan: "I'm Game! DC 2014" – that is expected to be attended by Adrian M. Fenty. The mayor has promised to stage "the most successful games in history.”

“We are the last city they visit,” Brent Minor, chairman of D.C.'s bid committee, told the Blade. "That’s why we say the rally is so important – because this is the last night of this entire trip that they have. We want to blow the roof off with our rally. We want to show them that Washington is ready, willing and able to host the Gay Games.”

The rally will feature DJ Rosie, the DC Different Drummers Marching Band, the Batala Batala Women's Drum Corps, and a free screening of Hairspray. Also, the first 2,000 people to arrive will receive free rally towels!

The winning city will be announced Sept. 29.

(Logo courtesy of the D.C. Bid for Gay Games Facebook page)

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  • Q™

    Politics and gender-issues aside, I wonder why the Verizon Center wasn't named as a venue.

  • games

    Wow its good to hear about it,it is just awesome ...feels gr8.