By making waves in the 2016 Democratic National Convention site race, Columbus proved it has what it takes to become a host city. Here are a few extravaganzas we want to welcome to Central Ohio.

By making waves in the 2016 Democratic National Convention site race, Columbus proved it has what it takes to become a host city. Here are a few extravaganzas we want to welcome to Central Ohio.

Gay Games Columbus is emerging as the LGBT capital of the Midwest-so what better next step than to host the world's biggest LGBT sporting event? The quadrennial games were held in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, last August, drawing 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement conference Over the last 20 years, this patient safety organization has emerged as a leading influencer of health-care practices across the globe. Central Ohio's burgeoning health care industry-whose major systems spent $2.7 billion on expansions in the last five years alone-makes Columbus a natural pick.

NHL Winter Classic We just hosted All-Star Weekend; now let's move the cannon outdoors for pro hockey's biggest attraction (recent TV ratings have topped those of the Stanley Cup). Ohio Stadium would be an idyllic stage. And, if it's filled to its 104,000-plus capacity, attendance would rival that of the record-setting 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Men's NCAA Final Four Nationwide Arena has hosted early-round men's tournament games periodically since 2004. The women's Final Four is already on the docket for 2018, so let's check this off the list, too.