State Games kicks off with opening ceremony in arena

State Games kicks off with opening ceremony in arena

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The lights dimmed. A piano melody began its crescendo. Snapshots of Memorial Stadium flashed on the screen at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Someone in the crowd of about 7,500 whispered, “You think it’s Jack?”

“Oh, it has to be.”

A woman leaning over a railing cried: “I have goosebumps already.”

And then the announcer’s voice: “Our 2014 Cornhusker State Games torchbearer — Jack Hoffman.”

The crowd cheered, a different kind of cheering than earlier in the ceremony — none of the waving and whooping that family members did during the parade of athletes or the performance of the trampoline-jumping basketball team AcroDunk or even during the tribute to the troops.

Friday marked the opening ceremonies of the 30th annual Cornhusker State Games, this year held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The games will run through July 27. This was the first time the opening ceremonies had been held indoors.

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