Empire State Winter Games Announces Significant Expansion Plans
Becomes a model for destination sporting events in the Northeast
LAKE PLACID, NY (December 5, 2017) – The Empire State Winter Games has announced ambitious expansion plans that will make the 2018 Games, February 1-4, the largest annual multi-sport destination festival in the Northeast. The 38th Games are projected to draw a record-breaking 2,500 athletes, a significant increase from the 858 participants in 2011 and even the 2,314 in 2017. The Games will also play host to more than 5,000 friends and family members, and up to 15,000 additional spectators.
2018 expansions include an inaugural torch relay from Manhattan to Lake Placid, and a significant new central village that will host athlete and spectator sports, family activities, an athlete lounge, food, and live music and media coverage. As a result, direct economic spend in the region is projected to be nearly $3.5 million for 2018, up from $622,000 in 2011 and $3 million in 2017.
The growth and impact of the 2018 Games are made possible through the commitment of title sponsor Community Bank, N.A., I LOVE NEW YORK, The NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). The Games wouldn’t exist if not for the efforts of Titus Mountain and the nine towns and villages throughout the Adirondacks that host the games, including: Brighton, Harrietstown, Lake Placid, Malone, North Elba, Paul Smith’s, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Wilmington.
New and improved for 2018:
• Inaugural Empire State Torch Relay
• New Athletic Events: Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam with $8,000 in prize money
• Spectator Events: Speed Tubing
• Private Athlete Lounge
• Enhanced Opening Ceremony featuring live music, singing, and the Parade of Athletes
• All New Central Village in the heart of Lake Placid, with daily activities including:
- Musical performances by the Brooklyn Children’s Theatre and Nik and the Nice Guys
- Award Ceremonies
- Taste of the Games Food Festival
- Speed Tubing
- Winter Bike Competition