Opening Ceremony

until Opening Ceremony starts



Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm


East Kentwood High School
6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE,
Kentwood, MI 49508


$10 Adults (18+)
$5  Students (6-18)
No charge- 5 and under, athletes, coaches
Cash and credit card accepted
Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at will call. Please have purchase confirmation ready.

$5 per car parking fee
Parking will be charged starting at 4:30 pm
Cash only


Skydivers will drop into the East Kentwood Football Stadium with the American Flag.

Check out the Classic K-9 show at Opening Ceremony & Athlete Village
The Classic K-9s have been shown on Good Morning America, ESPN"s Incredible Dog Challenge, America's Talking, Animal Planet's Pet Star and the Late Show with David Letterman. 

National Anthem Contest
Macy Krew received the most votes of the top 3 and won the 2018 National Anthem contest sponsored by Heglund Sova Realty. Macy will sing the National Anthem at Opening Ceremony. 

Athlete Parade
Athletes have the opportunity to represent their sport as they parade into Opening Ceremony. Parade lineup will start at 7:00 pm and athletes will start walking into Opening Ceremony at 7:30 pm (Entrance is by sport in alphabetical order). 

Lighting of the Cauldron
The 2018 Summer Games will officially kick off as the torch enters the stadium and the cauldron is lit. Jim Slater, a member of the Team USA hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, will light the cauldron.

Grand Rapids Drive Dance Team
Come check out Grand Rapids best dance team! They will be doing performances at both Athlete Village and Opening Ceremony!

Michigan Olympians
Appearances by Olympians from Michigan include: Gary Morgan (Racewalking 1988), Bill Smoke (Canoeing 1964), Jim Slater (Hockey 2018), Mark Beaufait (Hockey 1994) and Kevin Miller (Hockey 1988).

Parade Grand Marshall Mrs. Michigan America Jodi Byers!
Jodi Byers is the newly crowned Mrs. Michigan America 2018. As a brain injury survivor, Jodi is spending her year of reign as an active advocate for brain injury awareness and prevention. Jodi has recently partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and will be traveling the state to community events, support groups, fundraisers, and athletic departments, where she will be sharing her own personal story. 

Mascot Appearances
Buckets from the Grand Rapids Drive, Pounce from Davenport University, Louie the Laker from Grand Valley State University and Felix from the West Michigan Sports Commission.