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Opening Ceremonies

Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7:00PM
SDCCU (formerly Qualcomm) Stadium - (Could be the final year at the Q)
Home of 3 Super Bowls

2019 Opening Ceremonies Photos

Come celebrate with us on 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.

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To buy tickets go to the link above and select NEW REGISTRATION, then INDIVIDUAL You will be asked for your birthdate and gender. Then type 2019 into Search Divisions and select 2019 Opening Ceremonies and select 1 purchase and CHECKOUT.  Type your contact info and NEXT, and select how many of each item you would like to buy.

Opening Ceremonies tickets will be picked up at the Stadium Ticket Booth F on Friday after 4pm.  Basketball & Softball teams will pick up all items at Check-In on Thursday evening.  

Key Note Speaker:  tbd
Emcee:  Paul Rudy, KUSI

Torch Runners & Lighting of the Cauldron!

If you want to be a Torch Runner, submit this form by June 26 to be considered.

Live Entertainment & Fireworks Show Featuring:

Athlete Parade
Live Jumbotron
US Navy Leapfrogs
Gulliver from the San Diego Gulls
The Elements Band
more coming
Lighting of the Cauldron

Athlete Fun Zone

Arrive between 4:00pm-6:30pm to check out the FREE Athlete Fun Zone at Section L1.  Featuring:

Inflatable Obstacle Course
Palm Tree Climb
Giant Slide
LA Fire Department
US Army
Dunkin Donuts
Woodstock's Pizza
Spike Ball
Dave & Buster's
Prizes & MORE!


Free Coach's Gift

All Coaches that attend Opening Ceremonies with their team will receive a Free Coach's Gift Bag which includes a
$20 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Card 

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 13 at 5pm. After that time, they are only available at the Athlete Kick-Off Party or at the stadium, Ticket Booth F on Friday after 4:00pm. All Pre-paid spectator tickets (Premium & Open Seating) may be picked up at Dave & Buster's Thursday 4-8pm 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 - 6:30pm: Athlete Fun Zone area open in Parking Lot L1.
  • At 6:00pm: 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.
  • COACHES don't forget to pick up your $20 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card
  • 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.


StoneBrewing Beer Garden (must be over 21)

$10 wristband (buy online with tickets) gets you 2 -12 oz craft beers.  The  Stone Brewing Beer Garden will be held before Opening Ceremonies at the stadium in Parking lot O1 (near Athlete Fun Zone) from 4pm - 6:30pm.  You must be 21 years old to buy a wristband and you must show your ID at the Beer Garden to receive your wristband.

Thank you to our Opening Ceremonies Partners



2016 Video Highlights

2016 Guest Speaker - Olympian Willie Banks

Check Out Videos from past Opening Ceremonies on YouTube!

Padres Game

Saturday, July 18, 2020
San Diego Padres vs Milwaukee Brewers
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 18. Start time 5:40pm.

Use password:  GAMES


If you are purchasing 10+ tickets, contact Ryan Eifler