Gay Games registration extended as excitement builds

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CLEVELAND --  First the RNC, then LeBron and now another major institution is heading to Northeast Ohio.

Opening ceremonies for the Gay Games 9 will be held at the Q on August 9.

From open water swimming at Edgewater Beach to beach volleyball at Whiskey Island, the Gay Games is promising an Olympic feel, but with a Cleveland and Akron flair.

The Gay Games is the largest LGBT sports and culture festival in the world. It's been going on since 1982 and held every four years. And much like the Olympics, there are lots of different competitions that will bring in athletes from 40 countries and from every state in the U.S.

Just like the RNC, organizers had to bid for the games, and we came out on top.

Executive director of the games Tom Nobbe says, "They were blown away by all the people down at the Rock Hall to show their support for Cleveland and Akron getting the games. And this is indicative of this area.  We all pull together, whether it's getting the Browns back or whatever it is, we pull together and make things happen."

Athletes do not have to be a part of the LGBT community to participate.

Registration has been extended to Monday, July 21 at midnight.

And you don't have to be an athlete to take part in the excitement. Tickets for opening ceremonies are $20 each, where you can see athletes from all over the globe represent their countries.

Lance Bass from N'Sync, the Pointer Sisters and local bands are also set to perform.

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