BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Release- International recording artists Third EyeBlind, best known for the single "Semi-Charmed Life", will headlinethe Empire State Games Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday July 21kicking-off four days of gold medal athletic competitions.
The 2010 Buffalo Games will run through Sunday July 25 with morethan 6,000 athletes from across the state descending on Western NewYork to compete in the country’s oldest amateur, multi-sportcompetition.
“We are a little more than a month away from one of thegreatest events to be held in Western New York,” said JackQuinn, Empire State Games Buffalo 2010 Honorary Co-Chairman.“Athletic history will be made on the sports fields andarenas throughout our community. Buffalo has risen to the challengeof bringing the Games back to life when they may have been lostforever. This accomplishment is a true testament of Western NewYork’s dedication to its community and the state.”
Staged similar to an Olympic celebration, the Empire State Gamesopening ceremonies will include a day and night full of family funand entertainment featuring the traditional athlete procession,swearing in and cauldron lighting. Local Boy Scout and Girl ScoutTroops will lead the athletes along with a military flyover andcolor guard. An original music score will be performed and a robustfireworks display will cap off the evening concert.
Time Warner will broadcast opening ceremonies live fromUniversity at Buffalo North Stadium, as well as produce andbroadcast a daily Games’ wrap-up show.
A 30-plus member Local Organizing Committee (LOC), chaired byretired Erie Community College Athletic Director Ralph Galanti, hasbeen planning the 2010 games for the past two years. The BuffaloNiagara Sports Commission, the athletic marketing arm of theBuffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, secured the 2010Games for Buffalo back in 2008.
Opening ceremonies tickets are on sale now atwww.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations. Presaletickets purchased on or before July 8 are $10 for adults and $5 forchildren between five and nine years old. Children under five yearsold are free. Regular sale ticket prices after July 8 are $20 foradults and $10 for children.
“Because of the generosity of First Niagara, Blue CrossBlue Shield of Western New York and all of our partner sponsors weare able to bring to life an amazing opening ceremonies celebrationnever seen before in Buffalo for the Games,” said RalphGalanti, Local Organizing Committee Chairman. “We havelowered the ticket prices to encourage everyone in Western New Yorkand throughout the state to join us and help us congratulatetoday’s great athletes who will become the stars of thefuture. This truly is something that shouldn’t bemissed”
Empire Family Village
Prior to opening ceremonies, families young and old can enjoythe sights and sounds of the Empire Family Village. Athleticcompetitions,, live entertainment, and foods from local Buffalorestaurants will be featured along with plenty of sponsor bonuses.Ryan Miller’s Steadfast Foundation will bring MYESPN and theBuffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres will feature sport challenges forall ages. Located adjacent to UB North Campus Stadium, the EmpireFamily Village will be open from 3:30 – 6:30 PM on July 21and is free to the public.
Dozens of local athletic venues will come to life withcompetitions ranging from hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball,track & field, swimming and more. A master pass for all eventsand or individual day passes for attendance to athleticcompetitions can be purchased online at www.sportnation-housing.comor at each event venue for cash only. A full schedule of athleticevents and locations can be found at www.esgbuffalo.com orwww.empirestategames.org.
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