Was World Choir Games good for Cincinnati?

CINCINNATI - The World Choir Games took over Cincinnati for two weeks this summer, and the city says hosting the event was a collective success.

The city values the overall publicity value of the games being in Cincinnati was more than $49 million.

By the numbers, here is what the World Choir Games ended up promoting during the two weeks of coverage and the years leading up to it:

15,000 official participants from 64 countries

362 registered choirs

200+ events (free and ticketed)

208,567 estimated total attendance at World Choir Games events (free and ticketed)

4 sellout performances at Aronoff Center for the Arts

2 sellout performances at Cincinnati Music Hall

30,000 estimated attendees at Celebration of Nations Parade on Fountain Square sponsored by Fifth Third Bank

4,600 registered First Financial volunteers

125,000 bottles of water donated by Kroger and distributed to participants & volunteers

38,000 packaged snacks for volunteers and hospitality use donated by Kroger

100,000+ volunteer hours served

7,000 pictures taken by volunteer photography team and posted to 2012worldchoirgamesphotos.com

306 videos uploaded to ChoirTV.com

264 total medals awarded in The Champions Competition (106 Gold, 139 Silver, 19 Bronze)

153 total diplomas awarded The Open Competition (43 Gold, 86 Silver, 24 Bronze)

22 Champions of the World Choir Games named

413,362 page views to 2012worldchoirgames.com during the Games

13,283 Tweets that mentioned World Choir Games during event

52 countries from which the Tweets originated

7,530 estimated minutes of singing in competitions & concerts ­– about 5 days of uninterrupted singing

60,000 rides provided by Metro related to the World Choir Games

64 hours that Whirl and/or Twirl appeared during the Games

4,626 miles (7,445 kilometers) from Cincinnati to Riga, Latvia, host of the 2014 World Choir Games

You can prchase a 2012 World Choir Games commemorative poster designed by Cincinnati native C.F. Payne at www.2012worldchoirgamesstore.com .

Watch highlight videos, and hundreds more from the event at www.choirtv.com . There will not be a for-sale video produced from the World Choir Games, in part because of music rights expenses and restrictions.

And for the rest of the World Choir Games photos and memories, go to wcpo.com/worldchoirgames .

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