What are the Aurora Games?
The Aurora Games is a multi-sport, multi-country, multi-day event showcasing the best in women’s sports,
entertainment and culture and was created as a platform for “women to take center stage”. The foundation of
the event is a team sports competition, the Americas Team vs. the World Team, featuring world-class athletes
from gymnastics, figure skating, tennis, beach volleyball, ice hockey and more but it’s also a convergence of
athletes, entertainers, media, corporate executives and cultural figures – creating a new and dynamic platform
for sports, competition and the exchange of ideas. Simply put, our mission is to invite the women of the world
to meet every two years to celebrate their accomplishments and bold visions for the future set against a
backdrop of world-class sports competition and entertainment.
How did you arrive at the name for the event?
The Aurora Games were named after the Roman Goddess of Dawn as the dawn represents the beginning of a
new day where anything is possible.
What venue(s) will host the 2019 Aurora Games?
The Times Union Center in Albany, NY will host the inaugural Aurora Games from August 20-25, 2019. The
Times Union Center annually hosts NCAA Women’s Basketball, major concerts, cultural events and more and
has recently undergone a $25M renovation. Each day of the Aurora Games will feature a specific sport with a
7:00pm start on the weekdays, a 1:00pm start on Saturday and an 11:00am start on Sunday. With an average
capacity of 11,500 depending on the sport configuration, the Times Union Center will be the ideal host for our
inaugural event. In addition, the adjacent Albany Capital Center provides a state-of-the-art convention center
and will host the Aurora Games FanZone each day with daily seminars, press conferences, player meet &
greets, autograph sessions, sport-specific demonstrations, food vendors & tastings, live music, sponsor
activations and more. Other activities and ancillary events associated with the Aurora Games are planned in-
and-around Albany and will be announced soon.
What sports will comprise the inaugural Aurora Games and how are the athletes chosen?
The foundation of the event is a team sports competition, the Americas Team vs. the World Team, featuring
world-class athletes from gymnastics, figure skating, tennis, beach volleyball, ice hockey and more. We
anticipate all-star athletes, coaches and trainers representing 15+ countries including the United States,
Canada, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Korea, China, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland and the UK. The athletes
are identified and chosen by a panel of experts that includes Executive Producer Jerry Solomon and Aurora
Games executive management along with representatives from each sport. Geographical representation plays
a role as do achievements like Olympic and World medals, National Championships, etc.
How will the winning team of the 2019 Aurora Games be determined?
The Aurora Games is a team sports competition pitting an all-star team from the Americas against an all-star
team from the rest of the World competing in an array of sports including gymnastics, figure skating, tennis,
beach volleyball, ice hockey and more. Teams will earn points for each competition within each sport and the team with the most cumulative points at the end of the event will win the Aurora Games title. The scoring format for each sport will be announced soon.
Will I be able to watch the 2019 Aurora Games on television?
Absolutely. We are in advanced discussions with several domestic and international linear and OTT partners
for distribution of over 20 hours of live worldwide coverage including four nights of prime-time coverage
beginning at 7:00pm each night. Our broadcast partners will be announced soon.
How can I get up to date information about the Aurora Games?
You can follow the Aurora Games on Twitter (@AuroraGamesFest), Facebook and Instagram or visit us online
at www.auroragamesfestival.com for additional information and to register for the Aurora Games Newsletter
for the latest news and updates.
What will I be able to do in the Aurora Games FanZone?
The Fan Zone will be an exciting addition to the Aurora Games and feature daily activities including
demonstrations by the athletes competing in the Games, meet & greet opportunities, autograph sessions,
music, a daily “Taste of the Aurora Games” food tasting, games and sponsor activations.
Who is Babe Didrikson Zaharias?
Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who participated and excelled in golf,
basketball, baseball and track and field. In her athletic career she won two gold medals in track and field, 10
LPGA championships and won the AAU Championships as the sole member of her track and field team.
How will the Aurora Games give back to the community?
The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau has estimated that the Aurora Games will generate an economic
impact for Albany in excess of $10M supporting jobs, direct sales and tax revenues for the City. The Aurora
Games will be soliciting volunteers to help in staging the Games with information on how to get involved
available on our website in the second quarter of 2019. In addition, the Aurora Games Foundation will raise
money to provide grants to organizations around the world that are dedicated to providing opportunities in
sports for girls and women of all ages. Grants will be made annually based on applications received from
qualified groups. Additional information on the Aurora Games Foundation and the grant application process
will be made available in the first quarter of 2019.
Who is involved in promoting the Aurora Games?
The Aurora Games was created by sports entrepreneur Jerry Solomon who has brought the BNP Paribas
Showdown, World Tennis Day, Halloween on Ice, King of the Beach Invitational, A Salute to the Golden Age of
American Skating and more to sports and entertainment fans around the world. The Aurora Games has key
support from iconic personalities across sports, entertainment and business from Nancy Kerrigan, Nadia
Comaneci and Chris Evert to Christine Brennan, Leslie Visser, Olivia Munn and more.