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Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony

  Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony - Dates, Time & TV schedule  
Closing Ceremony DateAugust 21, 2016 (Sunday)
Closing Ceremony Start TimeBrazil (BRT) 6:00 PM
US (ET) 4:00 PM
India(IST) 2:30 AM
UK(GMT) 9:00 PM
Australia(EST) 8:00 AM (August 21)
Sochi Time Zone(UTC+04:00),
VenueMaracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
Capacity Apprx 80,000
Ticket Cost€634.00 to €2,850.00
Ticketing Website
BroadcastNBC at 3:30 PM ET
Online Live
Next Summer Olympic GamesTokyo 2020, Japan

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony

The countdown for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has already begun and so is the curiosity of Olympic fans to watch their favourite athletes perform in front of their eyes. Besides the regular sports events in the Olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies are also much anticipated affairs. In the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, the venue chosen for the closing ceremony is the Maracanã Stadium that has a capacity to seat approximately 80,000 spectators. The closing ceremony will witness national anthems of three countries being played. These include Greece, which is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Brazil, which is the host for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Japan, which will host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Just like the opening ceremony, the closing on August 21 will also feature a wide spectrum of performances by various artists.

About the Venue
Built to serve as the flagship venue for the 1950 World Cup, Maracanã is officially called Estádio Mário Filho. The construction of the stadium began in 1948 and it was completed on June 16, 1950. Till 1966, the stadium was called Maracanã; however, it was renamed that year following the death of Mário Filho, a reputed Btazilian journalist. Still, it is referred to as Maracanã. Owned by the state of Rio de Janeiro, Maracanã was the biggest stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 200,000. However, it underwent refurbishment for almost three years and reopened in 2013 with a capacity of approximately 80,000.

How to reach Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro?
To reach the Maracanã Stadium, you have plenty of options to choose from. The International Airport Galeão is well-connected to other parts of the world. The stadium is also easily accessible by train and the metro. Maracanã station is a stop on Metro line 2. it can be reached from the Flamengo, Downtown Rio, and Botafoga areas. Another alternative is to take the commuter train from the Central do Brasil railway station. If you are traveling by train to Maracanã then take the one on the red Ramal Deodoro line.

Tickets Information
You can buy tickets from the Authorized Ticket Reseller (ATR) in your region as listed in the official website of the Summer Olympics 2016, Rio de Janeiro. There is complete information available on the site right from the venue of the game to the actual pricing of tickets. The ticket cost for closing ceremony in Maracanã Stadium ranges from €634.00 to €2,850.00.

Closing Ceremony Protocol
The closing ceremony takes place in a stadium after all events have been completed. The flag bearers of the participating nations enter the stadium in single file. Behind them, the athletes march together, without distinction of nationality, and hence demonstrating their unity.

The President of the IOC and the President of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games mount the podium. To the sounds of the Greek national anthem, the Greek flag is hoisted on the flagpole to the right. The flag of the host country is then hoisted on the central flagpole while its anthem is played. Finally, the flag of the host country of the next Olympic Games is hoisted on the left flagpole to the strains of its anthem.

The mayor of the host city joins the President of the IOC on the dais and returns to him the Olympic flag. The president of the IOC then entrusts it to the mayor of the host city of the next Olympic Games. This flag must be displayed in the latter city's main municipal building. After an address by the President of the OCOG, the President of the IOC gives the closing speech of the Olympic Games.

The Olympic flame is extinguished, and while the Olympic anthem is played, the Olympic flag is slowly lowered from the flagpole and carried out of the arena, followed by the flag bearers as a farewell song resounds.

Last Updated : March 7, 2016

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