Bigger Spectator Village Debuts at 2018 Empire State Winter Games
Zipline, snow tubing, local food, and live music bring festival atmosphere to downtown Lake Placid, New York.
An expanded outdoor village located on Lake Placid’s Main Street anchors the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games from February 1–4, 2018. New Village features include a zipline, snow tubing, local food and brews, live music and event coverage, and a high-energy winter bike competition. The venue brings a festival atmosphere to New York’s oldest and largest amateur sports event.
“It’s more than a competition—it’s a festival. If you come with a family, there’s something for everyone to do,” says Tyler Berliner, a two-time ESWG competitor who now advises the winter bike sport director. “And with the [winter bike races] in downtown Lake Placid, amateur athletes will experience the type of cheering you get at the professional level.”
The 38th Empire State Winter Games open on Thursday, February 1, at 5 p.m. with a free opening ceremony in the Herb Brooks Arena in the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Athletes, families, spectators, and general public are all welcome in the Village, open through 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 4. On Friday, February 2, ESWG will send the US Aerialist Team off to the 2018 Winter Olympics with a fireworks display and live music.
The ESWG is the largest multisport destination festival in the Northeast, with 2,500 athletes expected to compete in more than 30 events across 17 sports. The Village serves as a basecamp for the weekend. A Jumbotron livestreaming competitions throughout the region, live coverage by ESWG TV, and award ceremonies bring all the excitement of the Games to one centralized location.
A two-stage zipline soars over the winter bike course, where cyclists must maneuver banks and jumps in a sprint for the podium. Mere steps away, enjoy craft beer, soups, and chili provided by local chefs and restaurants at Taste of the Games. A high-speed tubing hill gets everyone’s adrenaline racing, and performances by the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre and Rochester party band Nik and the Nice Guys provides live music and entertainment.