Opening Ceremony

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

Williams Stadium - Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

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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:

2:00 - 6:00 pm - Opening Ceremony tickets will be available at the LaHaye Student Center. More information on the Packet Pickup page.

4:00 - 6:30 pm - Athlete Village at LU Indoor Practice Facility. Enjoy music, entertainment and more. Visit theAthlete Village Pagefor 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 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.

Tickets can be picked up or potentially printed at home (Super Passes can not be printed at home) - stay tuned for more details!

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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