If you've ever been to a public shindig downtown, then you know how to spot the symptoms of a lost reveler. Neck extended and head turning on a swivel. Feet circling in the middle of a crowded street. No one wants to be that person, and you don't have to be, thanks to this look at shows and events happening at the Olympic Downtown Celebration.
At the time of this writing, organizers couldn't offer a hard-and-fast schedule, and were doubtful that one would be released ahead of time. But they could assert that with the exception of brews at the Beer Garden, all offerings will be free to the public.
1. Main Stage
KOAA-TV Channel 5 will shoot its 5 and 6 p.m. live news broadcasts here, and at 7:30, a 15-by-27-foot high-definition video screen on the stage will broadcast the tape-delayed opening ceremony from London. When the Olympic torch is lit on-screen, 1992 figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband, Stanley Cup champion Bret Hedican, will simultaneously light a torch here, in front of this stage.
2. Rodney Atkins Stage
Country singers Rodney Atkins and Andy Gibson will perform a free concert where attendees can donate to the Battle the Blaze Fund; 100 percent of the proceeds support Waldo Canyon Fire first responders.
3. Beer Garden
A 21-plus Budweiser outpost.
4. Flying Aces
The Flying Aces All-Stars, Olympians and acrobatic athletes from across the country will perform a trampoline stunt show. That may sound tame, but many of these athletes will be jumping and flipping with skis and snowboards. The troupe boasts names such as Karen Cockburn, the only trampoline athlete who has brought home medals from the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
5. Synthetic Ice Rink
USA Figure Skating will open this 1,800-square-foot space, constructed from a solid polymer material, to the public and make free skate rentals available. But be forewarned: It won't be all public skating, all the time. Yamaguchi will perform a figure skating demonstration, and there'll be demos from both USA Hockey and USA Curling. Plus, Christopher with Puppets, a former contestant on the FOX talent show 30 Seconds to Fame, will also skate here with his four life-size puppets.
6. Tennis/Sport Court
Kids 10 and younger can play on the United State Tennis Association's miniature tennis court, which is specially designed for youngsters with smaller tennis rackets, custom balls and lower nets.
7. Gravity Play
If the kids aren't too keen to run around on the tennis court, then maybe Gravity Play Events' inflatable slides, bounce houses and climbing walls will pique their interest.
8. Maximum Velocity Stunt Team
Here you can watch a performance stunt team composed of bicycle freestylers, in-line skaters and skateboarders that has performed at NBA games and was featured on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover. Wherever Maximum Velocity's name is mentioned, the words "high energy" always seem to follow. Expect ramp flips and jumps.
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