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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: July 27, 2015

For more information contact
Gwen Thorpe: (402) 441-7447

State Games of America are here!
Lincoln/Omaha, Nebraska, July 28-August 2

State Games of America 2015 is approaching 15,000 entries and is already the largest State Games of America competition since the event began in 1999. Athletes from 47 states and the District of Columbia are expected to participate. Competition in most of the 67 events begins July 28 and concludes August 2.

SGA 2015 is expected to have a $20 million impact on the economy of the Lincoln/Omaha area. Nearly 4,000 hotel rooms have been reserved through the SGA Lodging Bureau. More than 3,000 volunteers are registered to help with SGA 2015 and more spots are available. Volunteers assist with competitions, onsite medical care, communications and other event operations.

Opening Ceremonies are Friday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The event features former Olympians Jordan Burroughs and Lolo Jones, and Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott, a former Creighton All-American. McDermott, Jones and Burroughs will sign autographs prior to the Opening Ceremonies at the SGA SportFest at Hawks Championship Center from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies are free for all competitors. The event is open to the public with the purchase of an all-event SuperPass, or individual tickets may be purchased; $15 for adults, $5 for students aged 6-18, children under five are free. The Army's Golden Knights parachute team will lead off the entertainment which includes Nebraska native Brian Deegan's Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross daredevils.

Lancaster County is proud to be a sponsor of the joint Closing Ceremonies for the State Games of America and the 2015 Lancaster County Superfair. The Closing Ceremonies will be held at the Lancaster Event Center on August 2, 2015, 8 PM.

Details about the State Games of America events can be found at and on the organization's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners welcomes the athletes and visitors to Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln. We hope you enjoy your stay!

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