The National Congress of State Games has awarded hosting rights for the 2015 State Games of America to Lincoln, Nebraska. The biennial multi-sport festival will take place July 28–August 2, 2015 and could draw as many as 18,000 competitors, 5,000 volunteers and 22,000 spectators.

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman met with members of the news media Friday, July 19 to share the good news and details of the event:

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The State Games of America have been conducted biennially since 1999, with host cities including St. Louis (1999, 2001), Hartford (2003), Colorado Springs (2005, 2007, 2009) and San Diego (2011). The 2013 State Games of America will be held in Hershey-Harrisburg, PA.

Under the State Games of America format, all residents of the host state are eligible to participate along with State Games participants from all other states who’ve earned a medal in the two years leading up to the State Games of America.

Participants will have an opportunity, as they register, to book excursions / entertainment, which may include a concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball Game, outings to Mahoney State Park, the Strategic Air & Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Wessels Living History Farm and other attractions.

More information will be added as details are finalized. If you would like to sponsor, contribute or volunteer for the 2015 State Games of America, email or call the Nebraska Sports Council at 402-471-2544.


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