Located at I-90 and State Route 534 in Geneva, Ohio, SPIRE Institute is one of the largest indoor sports complexes in the world and an official Olympic Training Center. With more than 750,000 square feet of indoor space and acres of outdoor competition areas, the facility attracts athletes, clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events from all over the world.
In February 2013, SPIRE Institute became an official Olympic Training Center.
The facility offers resources, services, and facilities to US track & field and wheelchair basketball athletes. SPIRE is also the home of USA Wrestling and USA Paralympic wheelchair basketball.
Founded in 2008 as the GaREAT (Geneva Area Recreational, Educational, Athletic Trust), SPIRE Institute's 175-campus has grown from 450,000-square feet of indoor athletic space to more than 750,000-square feet with more under construction. The brainchild of Ashtabula County businessman, Ron Clutter, SPIRE Institute is attracting school teams, amateur athletes and professional athletes from around the world.
The three-building complex includes a full-size indoor field that can be used for soccer, rugby, football, baseball, softball or field hockey; a multi-purpose court surface that can be divided into 12 volleyball courts, nine tennis courts, six basketball courts and a variety of gymnastic and mat sports; an eight-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a separate field event area; a 10-lane, 500-meter, Olympic-size pool; a diving area with one and three meter boards and a 25-yard training pool
In addition to the sports facilities, there are locker rooms, concessions, viewing boxes and performance training and medical facility.
Outdoor facilities include a multi-sport, lighted field with eight lanes and seating for up to 10,000 spectators. A second outdoor track and field stadium as well as an outdoor sports field complex opened in 2012.
SPIRE and the Community
SPIRE isn't just for professional athletes. The facility offers a walking program for local residents.
Residents can walk the designated indoor sports path Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. SPIRE also has a coffee shop near the main building's front entrance that serves house-made soups, pastries, sandwiches and coffee as well as a cafeteria-style restaurant that serves as the training tab;e for athletes as well as a place where members of the community can get a healthy lunch.
SPIRE Institute in the News
Northeast Ohio's SPIRE Institute has been showing up in a myriad of national publications and television broadcasts recently. "ESPN" magazine called SPIRE "a perfect ten" in their June 2011 issue and the "Washington Post," "USA Today" and ESPN all featured articles in early 2011 about Michael Johnson joining the SPIRE staff.
Where to Stay Near SPIRE Institute
There are several hotels near SPIRE Institute. The Motel 6 in Geneva is located across the street, the Lodge at Geneva State Park is just four miles away and there are several hotels in Austinburg, just four miles east of I-90.