Opening Ceremonies - 30th Anniversary


Friday, July 13, 2018 at 6:30PM
Qualcomm Stadium - (Could be the final year at the Q)
Home of 3 Super Bowls

A spectacular night not to miss! Olympic stars will lead the parade of California State Games athletes onto the same field as 3 Super Bowls. The Opening Ceremonies is an event when all athletes, parents, and coaches gather to share in the spectacle and pageantry of the Games. This is the night when every athlete is treated like an Olympian.

Buy Tickets Here    Qualcomm Stadium Map


Torch Runners & Lighting of the Cauldron!

If you want to be a Torch Runner, submit this form by June 27 to be considered.

Fireworks Show!

Athlete Fun Zone!

Arrive between 4:00pm-6:00pm to check out the Athlete Fun Zone.  Inflatable Obstacle Course, Spike Ball and more!
Vendors will be giving out prizes, samples, and selling souvenirs at Section L.

Spectator Seating

In the past, all spectator seating has been open seating, so you had to get there right when the gates opened to get a premier seat. Now you have the opportunity for an additional $15 to purchase reserved seats in the center section for spectators. There will still be open seating for spectators, but we are offering a new option to buy reserved seats.
First ones to purchase, get the best seats!  Last year we sold out of Premium seats - so get your tickets early!

  • Open Seating Spectator Ticket: $10.00 per spectator
  • Premium Spectator Seating: $25 includes admission and reserved seat in Center section of Plaza
  • Athletes that march in the parade get in Free


Opening Ceremonies Tickets are available online through Monday July 9 at 5pm. After that time, they are only available at Athlete Check-in or at the stadium, Ticket Booth F on Friday after 4:00pm. All Pre-paid spectator tickets (Premium & Open Seating) may be picked up anytime during Athlete Check-In or at the stadium Ticket Booth F Will Call on Friday after 4:00pm.

We highly recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time so you will not have to stand in line. 

Please Note: Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Athlete Participation

All registered athletes are invited to participate in Opening Ceremonies.
All athletes participating in the parade get in free.

  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Athlete Fun Zone area open in Parking Lot L1.
  • At 5:30pm: Line up for the Parade of Athletes at Parking Lot M1. If athletes are too young to be dropped off, a coach/parent may stay with the child. Athletes will be supervised at all times.
  • After dropping off kids, parents can enter through the Main Gates at Section G. Souvenir booths will be available at both sections.
  • ONLY 2 COACHES PER TEAM may march in the parade with their team.
  • PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARADE WITH THE KIDS, unless their child is alone and very young
  • Wear your team jersey, jacket or T-shirt for the parade.
  • Concessions will be available at the stadium.


2016 Video Highlights

2016 Guest Speaker - Olympian Willie Banks

Check Out Videos from past Opening Ceremonies on YouTube!

Padres Game

Saturday, July 14, 2018
San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs
at Petco Park

The California State Games have teamed up with the San Diego Padres to offer discounted tickets to all California State Games participants & their supporters for the game on Saturday July 14 vs Chicago Cubs. Start time 5:40pm.

To redeem this special offer: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

  • Please check your competition schedule first to make sure you are available to attend the Padres game
  • Select the game - July 14
  • password:  games
  • Select tickets and complete purchase process

If you are purchasing 10+ tickets, contact Ryan Eifler