'It kind of has found its home here at Liberty;' countdown to Commonwealth Games begins
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Organizers are working on the final details for one of the biggest weekends in Lynchburg, the Virginia Commonwealth Games.
Liberty University will play host for the third year.
The seats are quiet now, and the fields empty, but in a few short weeks it will be the main weekend for the games.
"This year we will have over 40 competitive events," Dan Foutz, Virginia Amateur Sports President, said.
The games are Virginia's Olympics and will have their own Olympic-style village at Liberty.
"It kind of has found its home here at Liberty and we're just really excited for it this year," Kaycee Tipp, the Assistant Director of special events, said.
Their big events are baseball, girls fast pitch softball, and basketball.
"This year we've added wing racing," Foutz said. "It's actually a form of drone racing. That will be in Williams Stadium."
Last year's games generated $2.6 million of economic impact for Lynchburg.
"With that comes families and friends and grandpas and grandmas and uncles and cousins who all want to watch their loved one compete and that means dollars and cents," Megan Lucas, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance CEO, said.
Those participating create a diverse group, so that everyone can have fun.
"We've had participants from anywhere from the ages of 4 to 82," Foutz said.
"They're just such a great example for our little athletes kind of knowing like hey we have a role model and we can continue to go up and kind of grow up through the Commonwealth Games," Tipp said.
The Commonwealth Games kick off July 27.
Liberty University says this year will really help them prepare to host the State Games of America next summer.