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March 2, 2014


Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies

to Take Place at Pinnacle Bank Arena


Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games, and Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The annual mid-summer sports festival features competition scheduled July 18-27 in more than 60 sports at 50 different venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Officials expect more than 13,000 competitors, with several new offerings including a gravel race for cyclists, a new junior division in baseball and the return of crossfit after a one-year hiatus. 

The Cornhusker State Games also welcomes, for the first time, athletes from neighboring states which either a) have no official State Games of their own or b) don’t offer State Games of America qualifying sports that are offered at the Cornhusker State Games.

The National Congress of State Games recently relaxed the state residency requirement for participation in the event to accommodate athletes from states, like South Dakota and North Dakota, which don’t have official State Games of their own. The new ruling also opens a path for Dakotans to partake in the organization’s biennial national event, the 2015 State Games of America, which will also be held in Lincoln. To qualify for the national competition, non-Nebraska residents must earn a medal in a recognized State Games event in 2014.

Last year, 12,343 Nebraskans participated in the Cornhusker State Games. Top five team sports last year included basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. Top individual sports were track & field, shooting, 5K run, triathlon, swimming and wrestling. Participants ranged in age from one to 87.

All registered participants receive a shirt, souvenir yearbook and pass to the Opening Ceremonies. Entry fees vary by sport based on competition costs, but the average entry fee is $29 per person. Those interested can find information or register at CornhuskerStateGames.com.

The Games Opening Ceremonies moves from its traditional home at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena to provide an air-conditioned, rain-proof setting with top-of-the industry audio-visual production capability.

“We wanted to do something big and fun for the 30th Anniversary. Between the newness of the venue, the production capability and the climate control, the Pinnacle Bank Arena offers a chance to celebrate in style,” Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.

The Nebraska Sports Council, which conducts the Cornhusker State Games and the LiveWell Challenge Series, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality sports competition and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Platinum partners include BlueCross and BlueShield of Nebraska, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.

 

March 2, 2014 - Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games, and Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena. Read more...

February 21, 2014 - Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that this summer, South Dakota and North Dakota athletes are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Cornhusker State Games in Nebraska, marking a first in the event’s 30-year history. The Cornhusker State Games, which take place July 12-27, is an Olympic-style athletic festival featuring competition in 65 sports for athletes of all ages and abilities at more than 50 venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Read more...

January 27, 2014 - The Lincoln Jr. Saltdogs Baseball League (JSL) and the Cornhusker State Games have announced a partnership for 2014 that will affect over 2,000 area youth baseball players. As part of the JSL season, all JSL teams in the coach pitch thru U14 division will automatically qualify to play in the Cornhusker State Games Baseball Tournament at the end of July. In addition to tournament play, all players will receive a CSG T-shirt, passes to the Opening Ceremonies on July 18, a souvenir yearbook and a chance to play for CSG gold, silver and bronze medals. Read more...

September 3, 2013 - A fencer and a diver/triathlete from Omaha, a Taekwondo master from Hastings and a wrestler from Scottsbluff have earned top honors as 2013 Cornhusker State Games Athletes of the Year. Read more...

July 29, 2013 - Paul Creger of Lincoln earned a Cornhusker State Games Triathlon silver medal despite a short delay during the running portion.  The 22 year-old made time to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend Emma Hinrichs, who was cheering him on near the finish line at Holmes Lake.  She said “yes”. Read more...