Opening Ceremonies


Date: Friday, July 20, 2018

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: Seacrest Field (7400 A St, Lincoln - View Map)


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The Opening Ceremonies begins with the traditional parade of athletes, sponsored by BNSF Railways. Here, the stars of the show, Cornhusker State Games athletes get rock-star treatment, entering the stadium under a fogging archway, waving commemorative parade flags in front of the grandstands to cheers and applause before taking their seats in the east stadium.   

Skydivers from the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club then make their entrance from above, followed by the presentation of colors by the Nebraska National Guard. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by the winning group of this year’s National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Amigos/Kings Classic.

Nationally Renowned Freestyle BMXers, NoWear BMX, will be the highlight of the show.  Headed by veteran pro-style rider and Lincoln native Karl Hinkley and having played fairs and half-time shows across the country, NoWear BMX may be best known for its growing complex near Unadilla. Professional and hobby riders from around the world have traveled to the complex, furthering its reputation as a must-ride destination in the international BMX community.

Participants will then recite the Oath of Athletes prior to the traditional torchlighting, when the identity of the Mystery Torchlighter is revealed.  Once the flame is lit, the Games will be declared open!

The Ceremonies conclude with a rousing fireworks display, sponsored by Runza. 

Veteran Lincoln baseball and radio announcer Chris Lofgreen is the PA Announcer for the Opening Ceremonies.  KOLN-KGIN anchors Kevin Sjuts, Bridget Fargen and Bill Schammert will provide commentary on the field.

Registered Cornhusker State Games Athletes—FREE via the Super Pass, which is included in the athlete packet or team box. Super Passes for non-participants, which cost $15 and include free admission to all CSG sport venues, can be purchased on site or online prior to July 8 at Admission to Opening Ceremonies alone is $10 for adults, $5 for students (6-18 years), free for kids 5 and under, and can be paid on site at entrance gates.





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The 30th annual Cornhusker State Games officially opened Friday with eight year-old Jack Hoffman touching off the caldron as mystery torch lighter and capping off opening ceremonies at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Not quite tall enough to reach the bowl of the caldron, Hoffman got an assist from a pair of National Guard Soldiers who had rappelled from the building’s catwalk moments earlier.

“The purpose of the Opening Ceremonies is to inspire the athletes, and I doubt you get a more inspirational torch lighter than Jack Hoffman,” Games Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.

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Ortmeyer Lights Cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies of the 29th Annual Cornhusker State Games

On the eve of ice hockey’s debut in the Cornhusker State Games, 10-year NHL veteran Jed Ortmeyer was introduced as the Games’ Mystery Torchlighter at Opening Ceremonies held at Seacrest Field in Lincoln Friday.

The lighting of the caldron marked the official beginning of the 29th annual edition of the state’s annual multi-sport festival, with more than 12,000 registered to participate in more than 60 sports at venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Hockey is set for a solid beginning at Ralston and McLean Arenas with 24 teams and more than 350 players registered.

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Kevin Sjuts live interview with Jed Ortmeyer

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The 2012 annual Cornhusker State Games began with a unique torch-lighting ceremony as Erika Anschutz, one of the top archers in the world, ignited the caldron with a flaming arrow. The torch-lighting capped a ceremonies complete with skydivers, fireworks, a parade of athletes and a performance by New York’s Skyriders, a trampoline acrobat duo.

Five Husker track All-Americans, including discus thrower Tyler Hitchler from Fremont, hurdler Miles Ukaoma from Maize, KS, long- and triple-jumper Chris Phipps from Patterson, NJ, Crofton native discus-thrower Morgan Wilken and the Huskers’ most recent of 77 national champions, discus-thrower Chad Wright from Kingston, Jamaica. The group also led the athletes in the sportsmanship oath earlier in the program.

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Live Interview with Erika Anschutz

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