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Pinnacle Bank Arena to Host Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies - Tickets on Sale Now


400 Pinnacle Arena Drive • Lincoln, NE 68508 May 27, 2014


(Lincoln) – Officials with the Nebraska Sports Council and Pinnacle Bank Arena have announced that tickets for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies, which will be held at the arena on Friday, July 18, are on sale now at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office, online at, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

The showpiece of the midsummer annual sports festival features a performance by the Acro Dunk team, a national half-time show favorite and a finalist from last year’s edition of America’s Got Talent. Other attractions include a performance by Sioux Falls drum line Su Fu Du, the Parade of Athletes, the annual CSG mascot showcase, a patriotic tribute to the U.S. military, the national anthem performed by statewide vocal contest winner Ether Saure, a dance party featuring DJ Romeo, appearances by numerous celebrities and dignitaries, and the lighting of the caldron by a mystery athlete.

Athletes are admitted free with their paid entry, but must still order their tickets during the registration process from the Nebraska Sports Council. Additional tickets can be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office, any Ticketmaster location or online at Tickets are $10 for adults 19 and over, $5 for students ages 6-18 and free for children under five with a paid adult. Prices increase by $5 on the day of the event.

The ceremonies, which are presented by Allstate, WideRange Broadband and the Downtown Optimist Club of Lincoln, mark the official beginning of the 30th Anniversary Cornhusker State Games, which features competition in 65 sports at more than 70 venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. More than 13,000 athletes are expected to participate this year.

More information can be found at or by calling 402-471-2544.

WHAT: 2014 Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies WHEN: Friday, July 18, 2014 SHOW TIME: 7:30PM / Doors @ 5 PM ADVANCE TICKETS: $10 Adults 19 & Over, $5 Students Age 6-18, Children Under 5 -Free with a paid adult.

(plus applicable fees) DAY OF SHOW TICKETS: $15 Adults 19 & Over, $10 Students Age 6-18, Children Under 5 – Free with a paid adults (plus applicable fees) ON-SALE DATE: Now VENUE: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska MORE INFORMATION: or

Tickets can be purchased at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office, online at, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. # ##

About Pinnacle Bank Arena SMG-managed Pinnacle Bank Arena, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, opened in September of 2013. The $179 million state-of-the art multipurpose facility features a 15,200 seat multi-use arena, 36 suites, 20 loge boxes and 832 club seats. Distributed over approximately 450,000 square feet on four concourse levels, Pinnacle Bank Arena features the University of Nebraska-Lincoln men’s and women’s basketball teams as anchor tenants and will offer year-round entertainment, including concerts, family shows and other sporting events. For additional information, visit or contact SMG Lincoln at 402.904.4444

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