Summer Games to Open with Extreme Sports Sensation Nitro Circus

Published: June 08, 2012 | Read Time: 1 minutes

The 2012 Utah Summer Games will open with dirt bikes flying—and flipping, spinning and careening—when the extreme sports sensations Nitro Circus and the popular novelty act Thrillbillies perform in Southern Utah University’s Eccles Coliseum as for the 27th annual Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 14, at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to death-defying performances, the Opening Ceremonies will also feature the traditional parade of athletes, cauldron lighting, concert and fireworks that, alone, make for a night unlike any other in Southern Utah.

This year’s ceremony also marks the first and only time horses—English Shires, no less—will be permitted in stadium, with a full wagon routine and stampede.

The Utah Summer Games is a longstanding seasonal tradition in Southern Utah and across the state, bringing athletes of all ages and skill levels to Cedar City for Olympic-style competition in nearly 50 different sports. The Opening Ceremonies have long been a seasonal highlight to near sellout crowds year after year. This year will be no exception.

General admission tickets for the 2012 Opening Ceremonies, which are just $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-11), are now on sale through SUU’s Centrum Ticket Office at 435-586-7872 or online at

The 2012 Utah Summer Games runs June 7 through July 1, with competition venues across the region.

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