New Britain, Conn. - The Connecticut Sports Management Group announces the 32ndAnnual ShopRite Nutmeg State Games will kick off this Saturday, July 10. Hosted by the City of New Britain for the 11th year, over 7,000 athletes will compete in 650 plus team-sport games and nine individual-sport competitions from July 10 through August 1.
The opening weekend's events will feature four individual sports – figure skating, track and field, golf and gymnastics. The "Games'" Figure Skating Competition will help kick off the festivities on Saturday, July 10, with all of the weekend’s action taking place at Newington Arena. The event will feature over 200 competitors skating for the gold, silver and bronze medals from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, the track and field meet will be hosted by New Britain's Veteran's Memorial Stadium beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 10 and featuring over 750 participants. Runners, jumpers and throwers ranging from ages eight and under to 80 and older, will compete in respective divisions.
The gymnastics meet will also take place throughout the day on Saturday at New Britain High School. The XL Bronze and Silver Divisions as well as Levels Two and Three will begin events at 9:55 a.m. Session two will kick off at 12:55 p.m. with members in Levels Four through Eight in addition to XL Gold, Platinum and Diamond competitors.
The opening weekend's events will be capped off on Sunday, July 11 at New Britain's Stanley Golf Course with the golf tournament. Both the 16U and 18U groups will tee off at 12:40 p.m. for their 18-hole tournament, while the 10U, 12U and 14U age groups will play nine holes beginning at 2:50 p.m.
Team sports offered in the 2021 ShopRite® Nutmeg State Games include baseball, basketball, fast-pitch softball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, roller hockey and soccer. All team-sport tournaments will be a round-robin/pool-play format, with a minimum guarantee of three games and the top teams advancing to “Medal Round” games. Individual sport competitions for this year’s games will consist of Archery, Shooting, Cycling Criterium, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Gymnastics, Pickleball and Track & Field will be held over a one or two-day period.
This summer’s events will mark the final year of the City of New Britain hosting the Nutmeg State Games. New Britain has hosted the event from 1991 – 1994, and then for 11 years from 2010-2019 and 2021.
For more information on the tournament and its offerings, please visit www.nutmegstategames.org. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nutmeg.games, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram using @NutmegStateGames. Do not forget to use the #GoForGold throughout the games.