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 on the North side of the Coliseum, across from the Natural History Museum.
Please plan to arrive early for security screenings in order to enter the Coliseum. All spectators will be subject to metal-detector screening prior to entering. Please remove all objects from your pockets and have them visible upon entry. All items are subject to inspection and may not be admitted.
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. Will call and ticket sales are located near Bill Robertson Lane and West 39th Street, and open at 10:00 AM.
Prohibited Items Not to Bring Include:
• Bags and backpacks larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 16 inches
• Hard or soft coolers or baskets and bottles or cans
• Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
• Weapons including firearms, knives, explosives, fireworks and laser pointers
• Professional cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches, video and/or audio
• Banners, sticks and poles, inflatables, umbrellas, balloons, strollers,
folding or beach chairs
• Horns or other noisemakers, musical instruments or large music players
• Frisbees, balls, skateboards or hard fruit
• Pets (Service Animals OK)
LIMITED PARKING – USE METRO
All spectators are encouraged to use public transportation. The recommended Expo Line Metro station is Expo Park/USC Station. For more information please visit GO METRO TO THE LA2015 WORLD GAMES.
Limited disabled and spectator parking will be available at Exposition Park’s Visitor Parking Structure (500 Exposition Park Drive). Parking is $20 (cash only). Spectator parking is also available in USC Campus Lots for $12. The USC Campus is located one block North of the Coliseum and North of Exposition Boulevard:
• Exposition Boulevard Entrance at Watt Way (#1)
• Exposition Boulevard Entrance at Pardee Way (#2)
• Figueroa Street Entrance at 35th Street/McCarthy Way (#3)
• Jefferson Boulevard Entrance at Royal Street (#4)
• Jefferson Boulevard Entrance at McClintock Avenue (#5)
• Vermont Avenue Entrance at 36th Place (#6)
• Jefferson Boulevard Entrance West (#8)
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.