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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

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  Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony - Dates, Time & TV schedule  
Closing Ceremony DateFebruary 23, 2014 (Sunday)
Closing Ceremony Start TimeRusssia (MSK) 8:00 PM
US (ET) 11:00 AM
India(IST) 9:30 PM
UK(GMT) 4:00 PM
Australia(EST) 3:00 AM
Sochi Time Zone(UTC+04:00),
VenueFisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Capacity 40,000
Ticket Cost4,500 RUB to 37,000 RUB
BroadcastNBC at 7:30 p.m. ET
Online Live Stream &
Next Winter Olympic GamesPyeongChang 2018 Olympics , South Korea
The countdown for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi 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 Sochi Winter Olympics, the venue chosen for the closing ceremony is the Fisht Olympic Stadium that has a capacity to seat 40,000 spectators. The organising committee has chosen 3,000 young artists from drama schools across Russia which will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics as well as the Paralympics. The closing ceremony will be held on 23rdFebruary, 2014 i.e. the last day of the Winter Olympics. Just like the opening ceremony the closing will also feature a wide spectrum of Russian artists of repute.

About the venue
Fisht Olympic Stadium is named after the famous Mount Fisht. The stadium is being constructed in the new Sochi Olympic Park and is close to the site of Olympic Village. Designed by the renowned sports architecture Populous and UK design consultancy Buro Happold, the gigantic stadium has the capacity to hold 40,000 spectators. It is being designed to appear like a shell with its roof and walls of one continuous sheet of glass to reflect the sunlight off the sea during the daytime.

How to reach Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi?
To reach the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi you have plenty of options to choose. You can either use plane, train or ship/ boat to reach Sochi. It has an international airport and is well connected to other parts of the world. During the games, many airlines will have direct flights to Sochi. If you are somewhere near Moscow, you can reach the location via train, it will take 24-30 hours of time. Sochi is well connected to Novorossiysk and the port of Trabzon in Turkey via the water route. The travel time between Novorossiysk and Sochi is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes, while from the port of Trabzon to Sochi takes 4.5 to 12 hours depending on the type of sailing vehicle you choose.

Tickets Information
You can buy tickets from the official website of the Winter Olympics 2014, Sochi, which is the first for any Olympics. There is complete information available on the site right from the venue of the game to the actual pricing of the tickets. The ticket cost for the closing ceremony in Fisht Olympic Stadium ranges from 4,500 RUB to 37,000 RUB. Before booking the tickets you need to ensure that your card is a Visa one, as the 2014 Winter Olympics orgnizers are accepting payments only through Visa cards.

Closing Ceremony Protocol

The closing ceremony takes place in the Olympic 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, demonstrating their unity.

The President of the IOC and the President of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games mount the rostrum. 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 rostrum 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, declaring the end 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 : December 02, 2013

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