The Subway Commonwealth Games kicks off this weekend with the fourth annual Grand Home Furnishings Athlete Tailgate Party on Friday and the 24th anniversary of the Opening Ceremonies at the Roanoke Civic Center on Saturday.
The Grand Home Furnishings Athlete Tailgate Party will be held Friday at The Special Events Center and will feature inflatables, face painting, a corn hole tournament and more. Doors open at 4:30, and admission is free. Athletes and coaches will attend the event.
The 24th anniversary Opening Ceremonies at the Roanoke Civic Center marks the official beginning of the Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia, organized by Virginia Amateur Sports, on Saturday, July 20 at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:00. Olympic Silver Medalist Fencer Tim Morehouse will be the guest speaker, and the ceremony will include the parade of athletes, pyrotechnics, Miss Virginia, lighting of the cauldron, and a variety of events with participating athletes.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students 6-12, free to children under age 6. Gold medal passes are $15 and allow entry to all sporting events and to Opening Ceremonies.
Over the weekend, competition begins in 20 different sports. Basketball is held in a number of gyms, NSA girls’ softball is held at the Moyer Complex, Botetourt Complex, Northside High School, Green Hill Park and Darrell Shell Complex. Track and field will be at William Fleming High School, karate at West Salem
Elementary School, and bowling at the New River Valley Superbowl facility in Christiansburg. Archery will be held at Green Hill Park, Badminton at North Cross High School and Auto Cross in the city of Verona.
9,500 athletes are expected to compete in 58 sports and events that are being offered this year, according to a news release.
For more information, visit www.commonwealthgames.org or call 1-800-333-8274.