District of Columbia Named Finalist to Host Gay Games XI in 2022


(WASHINGTON, DC) – March 2, 2017 Washington, DC has been named one of three finalists to host Gay Games XI in July 2022, surpassing other bidding U.S. cities Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Denver. The District joins Guadalajara, Mexico and Hong Kong, China in the Federation of Gay Games’ final round in selecting a host city.

“The Gay Games embody our shared DC values of inclusivity and diversity and it would be an honor and privilege for Washington, DC to host Gay Games XI," said Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. "When so many things in the world divide us, events like the Gay Games bring us together and give us the opportunity to celebrate our differences while recognizing our many similarities. We are proud that Washington, DC has been a leader in LGBTQ rights and I am thrilled that we have been chosen as a finalist.”

“On behalf of the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC is honored for Washington, DC to have been selected to represent the U.S. as one of the top three bid finalists for the Gay Games XI,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, Events DC president and CEO. “This is an unmatched opportunity to showcase our nation’s capital on a global stage and to continue to create buzz and excitement over the District as a cosmopolitan and world-class destination. With the length of the Gay Games, influx of visitors and broad use of venues across the greater Washington, DC area, the opportunity to host the Gay Games XI in DC would generate significant economic impact across our region – from restaurants and hotels to attractions and retailers.”

Held every four years, the Gay Games is a celebration of the LGBTQ community through sports and culture. If selected, DC is projected to have an economic impact of more than $100 million generated by Gay Games XI. The Gay Games would also bring in 12,000-15,000 competitors and 80,000-100,000 spectators to the city.

“We are thrilled that Washington, DC is a finalist. If chosen, attendees will enjoy our city filled with incredible restaurants, arts and culture, nightlife, free attractions and so much more,” said Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC, the District’s official marketing organization. “The entire hospitality community looks forward to welcoming the Gay Games and organizers as they finalize their decision.”

As a finalist, the nation’s capital will hold a citywide site visit in May to welcome executives of the Federation of Gay Games in addition to comprehensive meetings, inspections of all proposed facilities, evaluation of the city’s logistics, and appraise the level of community support for hosting the Games.

“We are thrilled and honored to have reached the final round of this bid process,” said Brent Minor, Chair of the Gay Games Washington DC 2022 (GGDC2022) Bid Committee.  “Now, we will intensify our efforts to bring the Games here in 2022. We know that Washington will be a fantastic host for LGBTQ athletes from around the globe and we can’t wait to put our city on display for the world.”

The DC Armory, RFK Stadium Campus, and Walter E. Washington Convention Center are among the bid’s proposed DC venues to host Gay Games events.

The next Gay Games will take place in Paris, France in 2018. 

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC).

About Destination DC
Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 900 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.
About GGDC2022
Gay Games DC 2022 is a volunteer committee established to assemble a bid to host Gay Games XI in 2022. A 501c3 non-profit organization will be created should Washington be selected as one of the three finalists. To learn more, go to