The 2016 Invictus Games kicks off with a star studded line up tonight!
The 2016 Invictus Games will kick off starting tonight at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Invictus Games showcases injured military athletes from 14 US allied countries. These athletes compete in multiple competitions such as swimming, track and field, powerlifting, and archery.
The games, who are supported by both Prince Harry and the Obamas, will kick off in style tonight in a major way! Both Prince Harry and Michelle Obama will be on hand here at Disney to kick off the games as well as musical performer James Blunt. The opening ceremony will be full of surprises, suspense and the magic that only Walt Disney World can bring!
“The Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will be a spectacular event that reflects that awe-inspiring spirit and courage of the competitors, family, friends and care givers,” said Donaldson. “With breath-taking military performances, stories of courage and musical acts that are unmatched, fans won’t want to miss the epic display that will be put on at the Opening Ceremony and should buy their tickets now before they sell out.”
The Opening Ceremony will include musical performances by British sensation Laura Wright and international star James Blunt and other surprise guests. The Ceremony features an unprecedented number of military performances, including the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Band, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Dill Team. In addition, the audience will hear emotional first-person narratives from injured servicemen MSgt Israel Del Toro Jr., LCpl John-James Chalmers and Louis Nethercott. The show is bound to be one of the most inspirational events Orlando has ever hosted.
“The pageantry of the opening ceremony will begin a week that will give us all the opportunity to pay tribute to service and honor the sacrifice of our injured servicemen and women and their families,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “I hope that every American can join us for the Invictus Games, cheer on these amazing competitors, and show those just starting out on the road to recovery what is possible, despite their injury or illness.”
Thousands of friends, family and fans will welcome more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations at the Opening Ceremony, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., while audiences across the globe can watch the event live on ESPN 2. Fans can go to http://invictusgames2016.org/tickets/ to purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.