AURORA GAMES MILESTONES

CREATED AS A PLATFORM FOR WOMEN’S SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, THE AURORA GAMES VISION WAS REALIZED THROUGH A SERIES OF “FIRSTS” INCLUDING:
  • First all women’s multi-sport, multi-country event since 1926
  • First Athletes Bill of Rights in conjunction with Global Athlete
  • First two point shot line in hockey
  • First quad lutzby a female figure skater (Alysa Liu)
  • First to include Parkour in a gymnastics event
  • First event to produce six different sports in six consecutive nights in one indoor facility

2019 GAME SHOTS

Photos by Robert Simmons

FACTS AND FIGURES

Attendance: 20,543 from 19 states and 10 countries over 6 sessions

Television coverage: ESPNU, espn3, CBC, Eurosport, ESPN International, MSG Network for over 20 hours of live coverage plus multiple re-airs

Athletes: 114 athletes in 7 sports from 22 countries. Their performances resulted in 4 of the top 10 espnWplays of the week being from the Aurora Games.

Souvenir Program distribution: over 100,000 copies through the Albany Times Union, Albany Hilton,Times Union Center, Empire State Plaza, Fan Zone and Conversations with Champions

Corporate support: 25 sponsors from the public and private sector

Press:434 stories generating over 17 million views (based on report from Ed Lewi Associates);four espnWtop 10 moments

YouTube views:over 1 million YouTube views of various clips (as of 9/5/19) and over 3.1 million Twitter impressions (March-August)

ATHLETES AND FANS REFLECT

“First of all, thank you for creating such a great event. It was a lot of fun and an honor to be part of it.”  Jenny Harss | Team World Hockey

“All of the athletes were so generous with their time, from the legends to the ones that were playing and still making the effort to high five the girls on the sidelines, and that really stood out to me.” Sara-Becca Smith |  Fan

“Thank you so much for inviting me. And hope this is just the beginning for events like this for women!”  Victoria Azarenka | Team World Tennis

“Thank you so much for all you’ve done to make the Aurora Games such a memorable experience for the athletes and fans. It was a very special event to be apart of!” Zoe Hicke | Team America Hockey

“I am asking you to consider expanding the Albany schedule to include women’s judo.” Raymond Conte | Fan and judo coach

“Thank you for including me in the inaugural Aurora Games. While there were many “hiccups”, the overall feeling we ALL went away with is one of joy, appreciation and positivity. I will forever remember the last night, Tatiana Nabievacame up to me with tears in her eyes and in broken English said‘Thank you for letting me feel happy competing gymnastics  for the first time in my life’. That is the biggest WIN.” Valorie KondosField | Seven-time NCAA Championship Gymnastics coach from UCLA