First of Its Kind Athletic Event for Women Comes to Albany in 2019

Aurora Games

It’s a first-of-its-kind athletic competition, and it will be held at the Times-Union Center.

Female athletes from at least 15 countries will take part in the inaugural Aurora Games, scheduled for August of 2019.

Organizers expect international media and tens of thousands of fans to the area.

Professional athletes will compete in indoor sports such as gymnastics, tennis, basketball, ice hockey, and figure skating. 

Plans are to hold the games every two years. 

Future sites have not been determined, but Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is hoping organizers can make Albany a permanent home.

Monday's announcement event featured a special appearance from two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Donna de Varona, who is serving serves as a consultant for the Games.

Creator and executive producer Jerry Solomon says the recent and ongoing renovations at the TU Center and the addition of the Capital Center downtown were a big factor in selecting Albany as host.

Photo: Aurora Games


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