State Games of America coming to Grand Rapids in 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Meijer State Games of Michigan are getting company in 2017 as the State Games of America will be in West Michigan that year, too.
The National Congress of State Games selected Grand Rapids to host the bienniel games in 2017 over San Diego, CA; Lincoln, NE; and Hampton Roads, VA. The State Games of America are an Olympic-style event that involves the winner of State Games medal winners from 31 different states. The games are held biennially, with the 2017 games slated for August 3-6, 2017. The 2015 State Games of America will be held in Lincoln, NE July 28 – August 2.
“It was a tough decision by our board, as all cities proved their ability to successfully host these games. Ultimately, the board felt that Grand Rapids offered the most compelling bid based on their successful Meijer State Games of Michigan and the many community and local sport partnerships involved in the bid.” stated Dan Duffy, President of the National Congress of State Games in an official release.
The West Michigan Sports Commission, Experience Grand Rapids and the Meijer State Games of Michigan partnered together to win the bid for the 2017 State Games of America.