Get set! Gay Games organizers finishing up last-minute details

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Organizers of the Gay Games are finishing up some last-minute details before the open ceremony on Saturday.

"We've been planning this for five years when Cleveland and Akron we're first selected. I've been involved for two and a half years and to think that we're four days away, it's surreal," said Steve Sokany, co-chair of the Gay Games.

He was downtown on Tuesday helping pass out T-shirts to all the volunteers. He said without them, it would be very hard to pull off such a large event.

"They always say it takes a village, but we've got a great staff of about 20. We've got interns from all of the local universities, and then we've got thousands of volunteers," he said.

Besides passing out T-shirts, they're also printing out credentials for the athletes and getting ready to move their temporary headquarters to the Convention Center downtown.

Sokany said he knows the games will go off without a hitch and hopes everyone comes out to support them.

"We are very confident, and we know it's going to be the best Gay Games ever. Our international federation of Gay Games has already told us that they feel this is the best organized Gay Games, so we're excited to have that vote of confidence," said Sokany.

The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

RTA has been working with Gay Games organizers and will run the B-Line trolleys during the event.

**For the RTA's Gay Games guide, which includes a list of events and transportation details, click here.**

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