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2019 Warrior Games schedule

The ninth games run from Friday through June 30 across the Tampa Bay area.
The Tampa Convention Center is among the venues for the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games starting Friday. Others include Amalie Arena, the University of South Florida and the Long Aquatic Center in Clearwater. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Jun. 15
Updated Jun. 15

Five teams representing each U.S. armed service and five international teams will compete in 14 sports. You can find more information about each sport by clicking on the schedule at the games website.

Golf: With both team and individual competitions, the preliminary is Friday and finals are Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Eagles Golf Course, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. Free.

Opening Ceremony: In addition to celebrating the start of the Department of Defense Warrior Games, watch the lighting of the official cauldron and introductions of more than 300 athletes representing service teams from the United States and five allied countries. Country music singer and songwriter Hunter Hayes will perform and comedian Jon Stewart will emcee. $15 on Ticketmaster. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (800) 745-3000.

Track and Field: A variety of track events, including standing and wheelchair races at distances of 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, and a mixed classification 4 x 100 meter relay runs 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A quartet of field events, the seated shot put, standing shot put, seated discus, and standing discus are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free.

Wheelchair Tennis: A wheelchair tennis tournament, begins Sunday with a collective pool, before the winners advance into a bracket to determine the final winners 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. USF, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free.

Cycling: There will be a time trial beginning on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa at 8 a.m.-noon Sunday . The cycling road race the following Wednesday is at MacDill Air Force Base and not open to the public.

Archery: Tests of aim and bowmanship, including Individual Recurve and Compound Open, Team Recurve and Compound, and Individual Compound/Recurve (Visually Impaired). Preliminaries are on Monday and finals continue on Tuesday. The events are mixed-gender and participants may shoot from a standing or seated position. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free.

Powerlifting: A first-time event for the Warrior Games, powerlifting with four weight classes for each gender. Athletes use a specially designed bench press to allow for equal competition between athletes who may or may not have lower limbs. Free. 2-8p.m. Monday . Tampa Convention Center. Free.

Wheelchair Basketball: Watch as teams of up to 10 players of mixed gender and limitations compete across three days. Preliminaries are 3-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and finals are 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Convention Center. Free.

Indoor Rowing: See competitors of various functional abilities compete in either the one-minute individual sprint, the four-minute individual endurance race, or both. 2-8 p.m. Tuesday . Tampa Convention Center. Free.

Wheelchair Rugby: See teams of up to 10 players of mixed gender and physical limitations compete in the sport originally called Murderball. Prelims 8-1 p.m. on Wednesday-Thursday; finals 8-1 p.m. Friday. Tampa Convention Center. Free.

Sitting Volleyball: A player must have some part of the upper body (bottom to shoulders), in contact with the floor at the moment of ball contact. A player does not have to be in contact with the floor at all times. Preliminaries 3-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday -at the Tampa Convention Center, with the finals on Sunday noon- 4 p.m. at the Yuengling Center at the USF Tampa campus. Free.

Shooting: Competitors use air pistols and rifles to fire a series of shots at a stationary, electronic target. Athletes compete in different classification categories based on functional abilities, including impaired muscle power/range of movement, limb deficiency and visual impairment. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Tampa Convention Center. Free.

Swimming: Events include the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, and 50-yard breaststroke in both men’s and women’s categories. Relay races offered are mixed classifications men only, women only, and mixed gender. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Long Aquatic Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Click here for the full event schedule. Free.

Closing Ceremonies: Comedian Jon Stewart again will emcee and country star Sara Evans performs for the Closing Ceremonies 7-9 p.m. June 30 at Amalie Arena. $15 on Ticketmaster.


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