“We are excited to work with Liberty University and the City of Lynchburg,” said Virginia Amateur Sports President Pete Lampman. “From our very first conversations, the commitment of Liberty University to amateur athletics was evident. We are excited that our athletes will have the opportunity to compete at exceptional Division I athletic facilities. The central location will be convenient for athletes and their families across the state. It’s a great partnership.”
As part of the new agreement, Liberty will host the opening ceremonies as well as the vast majority of the events. Liberty’s campus, including its nationally recognized stadiums (Williams Stadium and Liberty Baseball Stadium) and dining facilities, will not only give amateur athletes a professional competition experience, but will also give families exciting recreational options like ice skating, rock-climbing, and tubing. The accessibility of the Liberty Snowflex facility will also continue to provide the opportunity for skiing and snowboarding events to be incorporated into the Games.
Liberty is the largest university in Virginia: it is home to approximately 14,500 residential students and educates more than 100,000 online students around the world. Its 7,000 acres of campus and mountain property offer diverse terrain options for a variety of athletic events. The City of Lynchburg is located near the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and on the south bank of the historic James River, in a region known for its vistas and plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities. It was ranked “2nd Best Small City” by Money Magazine and was included in the top 50 “Best Places to Raise a Family” by Reader’s Digest.