It's a dream facility for both athletes and coaches from Wisconsin to New York

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GENEVA -- Opening day at Progressive Field is three weeks away, but if you can't wait that long, there are plenty of major sporting events in the area this weekend.

Downtown is busy with college basketball fans at the MAC tournament filling up hotels and restaurants.

The Q isn't the only place hosting sports fans, though.

Spire Institute in Geneva is home to the NCAA Division II men's and women's national swimming and diving championships through Saturday.

"It's a really nice facility, and I think the pool setup is great, and the boards are good," Wayne State senior diver Paige Kortman said.

Diving in and breaking records, it's a dream facility for both athletes and coaches from Wisconsin to New York.

"If you look at this facility, it's just gorgeous," Wayne State coach Sean Peters said. "The pool is extremely fast, it was well-designed. When we came here, my jaw dropped. It was that beautiful. I don't think I've ever been to a facility like this where it's just so wonderful."

It's not just the pool, though. With more than 750,000 square feet of indoor space and hundreds of acres outside, Spire inspires athletes from the high school level to Olympians and all of their fans.

"The events are coming here, they're coming back to us," Spire Chief Operating Officer Jeff Orloff said. "It's growing and will continue growing in all areas."

And that includes growing the area around Geneva. Spire welcomes people from 2 to 92, athletes and spectators. While many consider it "in the middle of nowhere," it's 45 minutes away from downtown Cleveland and earning a spot on the map.

"There wasn't a whole lot here, so this is really a neat situation. I grew up on Mentor on the Lake and this is a beautiful facility," Clarion coach Dave Hrovat said. "Great to be back home. In fact, I went back to Mentor-on-the-Lake and picked up my mom. So, she's spending the week with me."

All of the coaches say a road trip is worth it for the state-of-the-art facility.

"It's a great trip over for us, and I would love to have it here every year," Peters said.

Spire has hosted 10 major college events in the past five weeks, and there's more to come through the spring.

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