Opening Ceremony

August 2, 2019
show starts at 7p.m.

Vines Center - Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

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** Opening Ceremony has been moved from Williams Stadium to Vines Center due to weather. Please check the Facebook page @StateGamesOfAmerica for the most recent updates **


Parade of Athletes
All 50 states andWashington D.C. will be recognized as the chosen flag bearers lead their group into Williams Stadium.

National Anthem

Oath of Athletes

Lighting of the Cauldron
The 2019State Games of America officially kicks off as the 2019cauldron is unveiled and lit.

Friday Timeline:

4:00 - 6:00pm - Tailgate Party at LU Indoor Practice Facility. Enjoy music, entertainment and more. Visit theTailgate PartyPagefor more information.

6pm - Parade of Athletes staging will begin and doors will open for spectators. All athletes that walk in the parade must have an athlete credential or Opening Ceremony ticket. Parents, coaches, and guardians with Opening Ceremony tickets are encouraged to walk with younger athletes in the Parade. Spectators please proceed to the main entrance of Williams Stadium.

7pm - Opening Ceremony will begin! All spectators should be seated and athletes will begin parading into the stadium.


All spectatorsof the 2019State Games of America will need a ticket to attend.Athletes & Coaches do not need to purchase a ticket as it is free for them with their athlete/coach credential.Visit the Admissions page to purchase your spectator tickets.

Opening Ceremony Tickets will be emailed to those that purchase them, by the LU Ticket Office! Super Passes will still need to be picked up at Packet Pick up, only Opening Ceremony Tickets will be emailed!!

Additional Information

Take advantage of the athlete discounted rate by booking through the State Games of America. Click here to book your hotel.

Take lots of photos!Share lots of photos! All athletes and spectators are encouraged to get social and post your Opening Ceremony experience through photos using hashtag#SGA2019. Please share your photos on theState Games of America Facebook,@StateGameson Twitter, and @StateGamesofAmericaon Instagram.

Frequently Asked Questions:Click here to view FAQs on Opening Ceremony

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