FAIRFAX, VA – (February 10, 2015) Fairfax 2015 and the World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) have announced the official venues and locations for the rapidly approaching event. The Games are one of the largest multi-sport events in the world with over 12,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies expected to compete between June 26 and July 5, 2015. Venues span the National Capital Region providing opportunities for the entire community to get involved and support the global first responder community.
The Games will feature 61 sporting events hosted across 53 venues in and around Fairfax County, Virginia. Notable venues include:
- George Mason University - One of the largest sports hubs for the Games, GMU will host 13 events at their athletics facilities, including baseball, basketball, boxing, bodybuilding, Judo, swimming and several others. As many as 4,200 athletes are expected to compete over 10 days at GMU’s Field House, Aquatic Center, the RAC and Center for the Arts. In addition to the athletic events, GMU will also house approximately 500 athletes at student resident housing.
- Lerner Town Square at Tysons II - Centrally located in the vibrant Tysons Corner area, Lerner Town Square will be the site of the dodge ball, CrossFit® and beach volleyball competitions. The location is easily accessible via the new Silver Line metro and is located near shopping and dining at Tysons Corner Mall. This marks a venue change for the beach volleyball competition.
- Springfield Town Center – Newly re-opened in October 2014, Springfield Town Center is the final Games venue addition. The town center will play host to the Ultimate Firefighter Competition, a multi-day competition that tests participants capabilities in four stages – Hose Task, Weight and Strength, Obstacle Course and High Rise.
“The World Police & Fire Games truly unite our community in support of the brave first responders who keep us safe. The range of locations across the National Capital Region illustrates the local community’s enthusiasm for the Games,” said Bill Knight, Fairfax 2015 President and CEO. “From large venues like George Mason University to local high schools and parks, we are thrilled to bring this year’s Games to so many locations around the area, allowing Fairfax and the greater D.C. area to show their support for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to public safety”.
Two of the larger participatory competitions will take place in multiple venues with Ice Hockey featured at the Kettler Capital Iceplex, Reston Skatequest, Ashburn Icehouse and the PrinceWilliam Ice House and Golf teeing off at the Laurel Hill Golf Club, Lansdowne Resort and the Evergreen Golf Club. Both Indoor and Outdoor Soccer competitions will take place in Loudon County at the Dulles Sportsplex and Morven Park respectively.
As previously announced, Opening Ceremonies for the Games will be held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on June 26 and Closing Ceremonies will be held at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center on July 5. Reston Town Center will be the home of Athletes Village and Games Expo.
“While it has been a daunting task to schedule so many events into so many different venues, it has been a pleasure working with each of our partner venues,” said DJ Mackovets, Fairfax 2015 COO. “Each venue, from the smallest to the largest, is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our participating athletes and showcasing Fairfax County and the Capital Region to the world”
For a complete and up-to-date list of sporting events and locations, please see the Interactive Venue Map on the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games website.