Pittsburgh named as host city for 2023 National Senior Games

Pittsburg has been named as the host city of the 2023 National Senior Games. The city previously hosted the event in 2005.
Pittsburg has been named as the host city of the 2023 National Senior Games. The city previously hosted the event in 2005.

PITTSBURG, Pa. – Pittsburgh will host the National Senior Games for the second time in the history of the multisport event in 2023.

Summer dates for the 2023 Games will be determined as plans are formalized. The city also hosted the National Senior Games in 2005.

The 2021 games, originally scheduled to take place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were postponed earlier this year due the COVID-19 pandemic. They will run May 10 to 23, 2022.

National Senior Games Association (NSGA) CEO Marc T. Riker said much has changed for both the city and the event since the last time it was in the Steel City.

“The city has seen a transformation of its downtown and has many new offerings,” Riker said. “We plan to extensively use the David L. Lawrence Convention Center as our hub of activity. Overall, the NSGA team agreed Pittsburgh will pleasantly surprise our athletes with what is offered.”

Riker also noted the 2019 National Senior Games held in Albuquerque set an all-time participation record with nearly 14,000 athletes competing in 20 sports over a two-week schedule, with an estimated $35 million local economic impact.

“Those games made us the largest qualified multisport championship competition in history, so Pittsburgh will also be surprised at the magnitude of the event and all of our expanded activities to engage the community,” Riker told the gathering.

Pittsburgh officials emphasized how the city has been growing and transforming itself, with new urban improvements, venues, attractions, and hotels that will enhance the quality of the athlete experience.

“SportsPITTSBURGH is thrilled to welcome the National Senior Games back to the City of Champions in 2023, and we would like to thank the NSGA for trusting Pittsburgh to host this prestigious event,” SportsPITTSBURGH executive director Jennifer Hawkins said.

The Keystone State Games hosts the annual Pennsylvania Senior Games, which serve as the state’s qualifying event for the National Senior Games. Qualifying for the 2023 Games will take place in 2022 in Luzerne County.

Competition is for athletes 50 and older and organized in five-year age divisions with medals awarded for each level.