Qualcomm Stadium to give California athletes the Olympic dream

Preparing for the singing of our national anthem! Mandatory Photo Credit David Frerker

The Opening Ceremonies mark the beginning of a three-day statewide sports festival across San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — Since 1988 Cal State Games has given athletes what they want most: to feel like an Olympian. The non-profit grassroots program of the US Olympic Committee puts on an Olympic-style event complete with an Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village and medal ceremonies.
This Fri., July 11, at 6:30 p.m. the 2014 Opening Ceremonies will set off the Cal State Games at Qualcomm Stadium. Athletes attend at no cost, but family, friends, and sports fans are welcome after a $10 ticket purchase.

  • Similar to the Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremonies at Qualcomm Stadium mark the beginning of the Cal State Games. In 2013 more than 20,000 people attended Opening Ceremonies.
  • More than 8,000 athletes from across California march out in a parade, view staged entertainment and watch fireworks.\
  • Olympian and world record holder, Mike Powell, will guest speak at the event.
  • Athletes that medal in their respected sport are invited to the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln, Neb.

“It’s the Olympic experience,” says Executive Director, Sandi Hill. “Isn’t it what every young athlete has dreamed of?”
The following sporting event schedules and locations can be found at the Cal State Games website:




BOILERPLATE: California State Games is a non-profit 501-c (3) grassroots program of the US Olympic Committee that has been in operation for 26 years. The organization’s mission is to nurture the health, education, and competitive spirit of residents of California by managing a quality amateur sports event that encourages participation and provides an Olympic experience.


About DavidSDSU (1259 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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