University News

Utah Summer Games Opening Ceremony

June 03, 2016
Author: Cami Mathews
Category: USG

Utah Summer GamesThe 31st annual Utah Summer Games will officially kickoff during the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m. in the Southern Utah University Eccles Coliseum. With nearly 10,000 athletes, 1,000 volunteers and 50,000 spectators, the Utah Summer Games has become a much-anticipated tradition in Cedar City.

The 2016 Opening Ceremony celebrates the athletes, athleticism and sportsmanship shown throughout the Olympic-style competition. The evening events will include the parade of athletes, the cauldron lighting, musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Featured performers include local talent from Canyon View High School, the Utah Jazz Stunt and Dunk team, the Jazz Bear, and a concert from Boogie Knights.

“The Opening Ceremony is used to highlight the athletes and all the preparation they have put in leading up to the Summer Games,” said Casey McClellan, executive director of the Utah Summer Games.

Two new sports are being added to the games this year; disc golf and sporting clays. “We are constantly looking at the next best sport for the games,” said McClellan. “We look for new trends and try to find what the participants want to compete in.”

The Utah Summer Games attracts athletes of all ages and skill level from across the western United States to compete in more than 50 different sporting events. The competition celebrates excellence in the human spirit and healthy lifestyles through extraordinary sporting events and competition.

General admission tickets for the 2016 Opening Ceremony are $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-11) and are on sale through SUU’s Centrum Ticket Office at (435) 586-7872 or online at www.tbirdtickets.com. They are also available for purchase at the gate. 



Contact Information:
Nikki Koontz, assistant director of marketing
435-586-5487
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