(Cleveland) - It's the largest multi-sport athletic even in the United States this year. The 2013 Senior Games open in Cleveland today with 13,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators in town. It runs through August 1.

Athletes will compete in 19 events in venues in several locations during the Games, including Cleveland State University, Baldwin Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University.

It's also the first event at the brand new Cleveland Convention Center. Spokesman Dave Johnson says the facility is packed with vendors and activities and is ready to go!

Some of the athletic events, including badminton and pickle ball, will be held inside the Convention Center.

The kickoff event at Mall B downtown tonight will feature a free concert from the band Rusted Root, along with food, a beer garden, fireworks, and the lighting of the cauldron for the Games.

The festival opens at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 9:30 p.m. with the lighting of the cauldron. The Senior Games Village will be open to the public and will have vendors and special programming.

It's estimated that the Senior Game will bring $35 million to Greater Cleveland.

WTAM's Darren Toms talked to Convention Center spokesman Dave Johnson:

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