Main Weekend of the Meijer State Games of Michigan Begins Thursday

Contact:        Jesse Campbell – Meijer State Games of Michigan                         

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                      Eric Engelbarts – Meijer State Games of Michigan

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Main Weekend of the Meijer State Games of Michigan Begins Thursday

Opening ceremonies takes place on Friday at Fifth Third Ballpark


Grand Rapids, Mich., June 22, 2015 – The Meijer State Games of Michigan 2016 Summer Games is now in full swing, as 37 sports will take place from June 23-26 along with opening ceremonies on Friday, June 24 at Fifth Third Ballpark. The new sport of weightlifting and the returning sport of ultimate {Frisbee} will also take place this weekend with both of those events being scheduled for Saturday, June 25.

The opening ceremonies program will take place on Friday, June 24 and run from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The program will include a performance by former America’s Got Talent Winner the Olate Dogs (, presented by Fox Motors. The opening ceremonies will also be broadcasted live through GRTV and BCTV and can be streamed live at

Before the opening ceremonies program begins, athlete check-in presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network and the athlete village presented by Funny Business Entertainment Agency will take place. Athlete check-in will open at 2:00 p.m. in the Pepsi Stadium Club. The athlete village will open at 4:00 p.m. in the north parking lot of the ballpark, and include vendor booths, inflatables, and a variety of entertainment for participants to visit.

More information on the rest of the events taking place throughout the weekend can be viewed on the attached schedule or at

The venue map and locations for all of the Meijer State Games of Michigan 2016 Summer Games events can be viewed at

To see more information and to view the athlete village map, please visit

All activities preceding the opening ceremonies program, including athlete check-in and the athlete village, will close at 7 p.m., so athletes can begin to line-up for the opening ceremonies parade of athletes. For more information on all of the opening ceremonies festivities visit

The opening weekend of the 2016 Summer Games concluded last weekend on June 18-19 with girl’s lacrosse, sporting clays, and synchronized swimming all taking place. There will be a total of six more weekends of Meijer State Games of Michigan events throughout the summer including the main weekend of 37 sports this weekend.


Sponsors of the 2016 Meijer State Games of Michigan include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay Mobile Storage, Fox Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network, MC Sports, Lacks Enterprises, SIBSCO, Peppino’s SOS, Neurocore, 105.3 Hot FM, MOS, The GR Shop, Heguland Sova Realty Inc., Marks Photo and Video, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Tele Rad, Life EMS, and Teleperformance.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan totaled 7,867 athletes in 2015 and looks to continue this growth by offering 42 sports in this year’s Summer Games event. For more information on the Meijer State Games of Michigan, visit our website at


About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability, and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship, and healthy living among residents of Michigan. In August 2017, the Meijer State Games of Michigan will play host to the State Games of America.

A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan, is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners.


About the West Michigan Sports Commission:

The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked nearly 500 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 650,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $190 million in direct visitor spending. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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