Know Before You Go

2018 DoD Warrior Games Opening Ceremony

Getting to the Opening Ceremony:

Both the North and South Gate to the Air Force Academy will be open to inbound traffic from 3-8 pm. After 8 pm, fans may only enter through the North Gate. Exit from the Base following the Opening Ceremony will be allowed through both gates.


Entrance only through the South Gate between 3 and 8 pm. After 8 pm, entrance only through the North Gate.


  • This event is a FREE Show, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets may not be resold. If you order tickets but find you cannot attend, PLEASE give them to others to enjoy. Let’s show our Warrior Athletes and families a full stadium for this kick-off celebration concert!
  • No tickets available on-site aside from pre-arranged will call. ID is required to pick-up will call tickets. Lost tickets CAN NOT be reprinted on-site.
  • Ceremony will be at the Air Force Academy Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs.
  • All spectators may enter through either the North Gate or South Gate of the Air Force Academy. Both Gates open at 3pm for Ceremony ticket holders. For directions to Falcon Stadium, click here.
  • Parking is FREE and lots open at 3pm.
  • Those needing handicap parking, please follow signs. Shuttle is available from handicap parking to stadium.
  • Tailgating is allowed BEFORE the ceremony. After the ceremony, parking lots will be cleared as quickly as possible in preparation for a busy competition schedule the next day.
  • RV entry is permitted in specified areas, parking staff will direct you.
  • Stadium doors open at 5pm. Please be in your seats for the pre-ceremony concert starting at 6pm.
  • Stadium Food and Beverage concession stands will be open.


  • Early arrival is highly suggested. Persons/personal belongings are subject to search. Entry will be denied if you elect not to consent. Please be prepared to show keys, cell phones, or other metal related items during screening/metal detection process. For safety and security, please note size restriction of bags allowed inside Falcon Stadium. Prohibited items may not be left at entry gates; you will be required to either return them to your vehicle or dispose of them.
  • Express lines available for spectators entering the stadium with nothing to be searched.
  • Reentry is permitted at gates 3, 6, and 9 only.
  • Food is permitted, but must be displayed in a transparent 1-gallon zip lock bag. Only (1) one-gallon transparent zip lock bag per ticket holder.
  • Factory-sealed transparent soft plastic water bottles, 24 oz. or less is the only beverage permitted. Exceptions will be made for medical conditions and infants.
  • Sunscreen is permissible in 6 ounce tubes or less. (No bottles or aerosol sprays)
  • Infant diaper bags/carrier packs permitted if infant is present.


  • Marijuana is an illegal substance on Federal property
  • No Smoking or Tobacco of any kind---(this includes vape devices and e-cigarettes)
  • Weapons or dangerous objects of any type
  • Alcohol, glass containers, bottles/cans, aerosol sprays, hard sided (or Nalgene) plastic bottles
  • No hand bags larger than (12” x 12” x 12”). No hard-sided containers, or coolers
  • No backpacks to include bota bags, wine-skins, and camelbacks
  • Laser pointers, fireworks, or any item deemed unsafe by security personnel
  • Any unapproved Banners/Signs (No signs larger than 18” x 24”)
  • PETS: (Other than ADA Compliant Service Animals)
  • No sticks, bats, poles, umbrellas, footballs, Frisbees, balls or inflatable balls
  • Artificial noisemakers of any kind
  • Baby seats, Large Strollers-----(Collapsible umbrella strollers are permitted)
  • Any item that cannot be readily inspected
  • No flash photography
  • No seatbacks wider than 19 inches (no excessive pockets or protruding arm rests)


The following behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to automatic ejection:

  • Behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal in nature.
  • Intoxication or signs of alcohol/substance impairment that results in irresponsible behavior.
  • Foul, obscene, offensive or abusive language, gestures or actions.
  • Interfering with the event or throwing any object onto the field or in the venue.
  • Fighting, or verbal/ physical harassment of other spectators.
  • Any action that threatens the safety of others.
  • Wearing of obscene or indecent clothing.