Opening Ceremony FAQs

Where is OC?
Liberty Univeristy
Williams Stadium
Lynchburg, VA

When is Opening Ceremony?
FridayAugust 2, 2019at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

How long will Opening Ceremonybe?
We expect Opening Ceremonyto last about 2 hours and end at 9:30pm.

Where should athletes line up for the athlete parade in?
Athletes should go to athlete parade line up area, this will be called for near the conclusion of the Athlete Tailgate Party. Line up will occur at the Athlete Tailgate Party.

What time should I line up?
Line up for athlete parade intoOpeningCeremony starts at 6:30pm. Make sure to be lined up NO LATER than 7:15pm.Flag bearers should be there no later than 7:00pm.Please note, there will be bag check for all the athletes in the parade.

What should I wear?
Athletesand flag bearersare not required to wear anything specific. Make sure you are wearing your athlete/coach credential or you will not be permitted to march.

Do athletes have to pay?
Athletes DO NOT have to purchase Opening Ceremony tickets! Just make sure that you are wearing your athlete/coach credential toensure admission to the Opening Ceremony and entry into the parade of athletes. 

How much are tickets?
$10 for a spectator opening ceremony ticket

You can purchase your purchase tickets in advance.

Click here for more information on admissions costs

Where do I buy my tickets?
All tickets can be purchased through our website.

If tickets are still available, they will be sold at Williams Stadium ticket windows. More information coming soon.

How do Ireceivemy tickets?
Tickets can be picked up at Packet Pick Up until Friday, August 2at 6:00 PM. Tickets will be available at Williams Stadium beginning at 7PM for the duration of the show.

DoesWilliams Stadium provideaccessibilityaccommodations?
Williams Stadium provides a full range of accommodations for guests with disabilities to ensure their safety, comfort, and enjoyment oftheirevents and facilities.Williams Stadiumhas elevators.

Will there be bag checks?
Yes, spectators andathleteswill both go through bag checks.

Will there be any strobe lights or smoke during Opening Ceremony?
Yes, during the show smoke, pyro, and fireworks will be used.

Do athletes need to purchase an Opening Ceremonyticket?
NO, please see our Admissions page for more information.

Do coaches need to purchase an Opening Ceremony ticket?
NO, please see our Admissionspage for more information.

I am a coach/parent/guardian, can I walk with my athlete(s) in the athlete parade?
Yes, coaches/parents/guardians will be able to walk in the athlete parade.

Can I take photos at Opening Ceremony?
Guests are welcome to bring cameras into Williams Stadium for Opening Ceremony for personal/non-commercial use, providing they conform to the following regulations. Still cameras must not have a lens that extends over 80 mm or a detachable lens over 80 mm. Pocket-sized video recording devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras and flip cams, are permitted. Anyone wishing to use a still camera with a lens larger than 80 mm or wishing to record video with a camcorder or larger video camera must request and be approved for a credential by the State Games of America PR department. Guests must not stand in the aisles or obstruct the view of others while taking pictures or video, and tripods, monopods and other camera support pods are not permitted. Flash photography and the use of lights on video recording devices are prohibited.State Games of America reserves the right to remove any guests who do not cooperate with this policy.