SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2015 WORLD SUMMER GAMES
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games are coming to Los Angeles!
THE LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM
Site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games Presents
2015 Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the only venue in the world to host two Olympiads (1932 and 1984), two Super Bowls (I and VII) and one World Series (1959). The star-studded show will celebrate the true stars of the Games, the athletes of Special Olympics, along with exciting entertainment, the Parade of Athletes, and the culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run that ends with the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron. To be broadcast internationally by ESPN, fans around the world will be able to participate in this memorable start to the World Games! For detailed event information please visit LA2015.org.
Gates Open: 3:00 PM
Show Starts: 5:00 PM
Special Olympics Volunteers will be on-site to help direct you to the main spectator entry plaza. Please also check back for a detailed event map closer to the date. Please plan to arrive early for security screenings in order to enter the Coliseum. Children age 2 and under do not need a ticket for entry but must sit on a lap. Children age 3 and older will require a ticketed seat. Services, including Merchandise and Spectator Information, will be provided starting at 3:00 PM.
All spectators are encouraged to use public transportation. The recommended Expo Line Metro station is Expo Park/USC Station. Limited parking will be available at designated USC campus lots. Please check back for further details on specific parking lot locations closer to the date of this event.
The honorary chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. The Summer Games are expected to bring more than a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area and will feature world-class competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, soccer and many other summer sports. Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes representing 177 countries, along with 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators. The Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.