Opening Ceremonies

33rd Annual Opening Ceremonies

No matter where you finish, Opening Ceremonies is the place to start! The Friday, July 20, 2018 Opening Ceremonies of the 33rd Annual Big Sky State Games, sponsored by Wendy’s, will be a colorful evening packed with exciting family entertainment!

Gates Open at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium (Third & Grand) in Billings at 5:30pm.


Park with ease at the YMCA and ride the shuttle to the stadium.

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2018 Torch Lighter: Mike Powell

Long Jump World Record holder Mike Powell is the special guest athlete of the 33rd Annual Big Sky State Games Friday, July 20. He will speak and light the torch during Opening Ceremonies at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings.

Powell is a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist in long jump winning silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He set the World Record at the 1991 Track and Field World Championships in Tokyo; leaping 8.95 meters (29ft. 4 ¼ in.) to break Bob Beaman’s almost 23 year old record. Powell’s record still stands nearly 27 years later.

Powell was one of the most consistent long jumpers during his era winning 34 competitions in a row. He is the fourth person since 1900 to hold the long jump world record for over 20 years. His victory over Carl Lewis to set the world record helped him earn the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1991. Powell was the 1990 World Indoor Long Jump Champion and the 1991 and 1993 World Outdoor Long Jump Champion.

During the Big Sky State Games Powell will also coach long jump at the World Record Track & Field Camp on Friday, July 20, 9:00 am – 3:00 p.m. at Billings West High School Track. In addition to Powell, the Track & Field Camp features Willie Banks - three-time Olympian and World Record Triple Jumper, Dick Fosbury- Olympic Gold Medalist (High Jump), Tom Pukstys- American Record Holder and two-time Olympian (Javelin), Byron Robinson - 400m Olympic hurdler at the Rio Games, Gregg Simmons- speed and performance specialist for elite, pro, collegiate, and youth, and Dave Nielsen – Eastern Washington Jumps Coach and former Idaho State University Head Coach (coached Olympic Pole Vault Champion Stacy Dragila).

The entry fee is $135.00 (includes camp and BSSG Track and Field registration). The coaches fee is $50.00 or is free if three or more of a coaches athletes attend. Register at under Track & Field.

Fun for the Whole Family

Festivities kick off with SOAKED, a crazy fun two mile water walk/run through and around Pioneer Park. Other festivities include the Soaked Run, climbing wall, family entertainment and games, food trucks, TNT Dunk Team, Parade of Athletes, Montana Mile, and Torch Lighting. State Games participants are admitted free with their Opening Ceremonies tickets. Tickets are $5, children under 6 are admitted free. It's truly a night for the whole family!

The Ceremony officially begins at 7:30pm. The program includes Parade of Athletes (walk in the parade and receive a commemorative State Games gift), fun entertainment and interactive events, and the Men's and Women's Montana Mile (fastest milers in Montana), and traditional torch lighting by an Olympic athlete.

Mark Your Calendar
  • Friday, July 20th
  • Gates Open at 5:30pm
  • Admission $5/Adult
  • FREE Children under 6
  • Parking is Limited
  • Soaked Fun Run
  • T-shirt Pickup

Admission and Tshirt Pickup

Don't Forget Your Ticket

Admissision is $5/Adult and FREE for children 6 and under. Particpating athletes are admitted for free with their Opening Ceremonies ticket (postcard) mailed prior to the Games.

Particpating athletes can also use their entry ticket to pick up their commemorative t-shirts at Daylis Stadium during Opening Ceremonies (between 5:30pm and 8:00pm) on Friday, July 20, or between 9:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday or Sunday. Don't forget to bring your ticket and/or t-shirt claim letter (for teams), as you will not be able to pick up your t-shirts without it!