Opening Ceremonies


Friday, July 15, 2016 at 6:30PM
Qualcomm Stadium
Home of the San Diego Chargers

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 July 1 to be considered.

Fireworks Show!

Arrive between 4:30pm-6:00pm to check out the Athlete Fun Zone.
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!

  • Open Seating Spectator Ticket: $10.00 per spectator
  • Premium Spectator Seating:  We are no longer selling Premium reserved seats.  If you are interested in buying a block of tickets, we may be able to assist you so please call the office.   
    $25 includes admission and reserved seat in Center section of Plaza
  • Athletes that march in the parade are Free


Opening Ceremonies Tickets are available online through Monday July 11 at midnight. After that time, they are only available at Athlete Check-in or at the stadium, Ticket Booth F on Friday after 4:30pm. 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 4:30pm.

We highly recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time so you will not have to stand in line. Pre-paid Tickets may be picked up during Athlete Check-In or at Opening Ceremonies Will Call, Ticket Booth F after 4:30pm on Friday. 

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.

  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Athlete Village 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.
  • Wear your team jersey, jacket or T-shirt for the parade.
  • Concessions will be available at the stadium.

Check Out Videos from past Opening Ceremonies on YouTube!

The Champion

Official Program of the 2016 California State Games

All athletes or rosters registered before June 26 will have their names included in the the Official Program! You can also purchase an Ad in The Champion for your athlete or team!

Pre-ordered Programs may only be picked up at Athlete Check-In.
Programs will only be available for purchase at Athlete Check-In and Opening Ceremonies.

Padres Game

Saturday July 16
San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants
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 16 vs San Francisco Giants. Start time 5:40pm.

To redeem this special offer: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Scroll down to July 16th game and click on California State Games

Special Offer Password: STATEGAMES

If you are purchasing 20 or more tickets, contact Ryan Eifler 619-795-5162,

Once you click on the hyperlink above, follow these simple steps to get your Padres tickets:

  1.  Click on the link above
  2.  Scroll down to July 18th game and click on California State Games Buy Tickets
  3.  Enter the Special Offer Password: STATEGAMES
  4.  Create new Ticketmaster Account (or use your existing one)
  5.  Select seat location(s)
  6.  Print tickets at home