|Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony - Dates, Time & TV schedule|
|Opening Ceremony Date||February 7, 2014 (Friday)|
|Opening Ceremony Start Time||US (ET) 11:00 AM|
Russsia (MSK) 8:00 PM
India(IST) 9:30 PM
UK(GMT) 4:00 PM
Australia(EST) 3:00 AM
|Venue||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|Ticket Cost||500 RUB to 50,000 RUB|
|Broadcast||NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Online Live Stream||http://www.nbcolympics.com/ & http://www.nbcsports.com/|
Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics
Winter Olympics are always loved and respected worldwide because of the participation of athletes from different countries around the globe. It provides a stage where people of mixed nationalities meet and enjoy the beautiful game of winter sports. Every big game has an equally big opening ceremony and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are no different. The curtain raising ceremony will be done in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, on the first day of the tournament i.e. on 7th February, 2014.
How to reach Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi?
There are three prominent routes to reach Sochi by plane, by train and by sea.
There are several international flights directly connected to important cities of Russia like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Saratov, Arkhangelsk, Krasnodar and Yakutsk. As the date closes in, many cities will directly have flights connected to Sochi. Once you get down from your flight, you can hire a taxi, city shuttle bus or the special Sochi Aeroexpress that lands you right at Sochi’s main train station. The international airport of Sochi is located 30 kms away from the center of Sochi.
There is a direct connecting train to Sochi from the capital city of Moscow which takes approximately 24 to 30 hours to reach. For more information on the type of trains, their schedules and ticket prices, please visit the official Russian Railways website viz. eng.rzd.ru.
Sochi is directly connected to two ports including Novorossiysk and the port of Trabzon, Turkey, via the sea 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.
The tickets for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics can be bought from the official website of the event. Under the Ticket Ordering tab, you can select your desired match ticket from the list of venues given. Ticket charges for every venue differ as per the sporting event. The cheapest ticket cost 500 RUB while the costliest ticket is of 50,000 RUB of the opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. For complete details and terms & conditions, please visit the official website of the Winter Olympics at www.sochi2014.com.
Opening Ceremony Protocol
The Head of State of the host country is received at the entrance of the stadium by the President of the IOC and by the President of the Organising Committee (OCOG).
The parade of the participants then follows. Each delegation must be preceded by a nameboard bearing its name and must be accompanied by its flag. The delegations parade in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country, except for Greece, which leads the parade, and for the host country, which brings up the rear.
The President of the OCOG gives an address, then adds these words: "I have the honour of inviting ..., President of the International Olympic Committee, to speak."
The President of the IOC then gives a speech which he ends with, "I have the honour of inviting ... (the Head of State) to proclaim open the Games of the Olympiad of the modern era."
The Head of State proclaims the Games open by saying: "I declare open the Games of ... (name of City) celebrating the ... Olympiad of the modern era."
While the Olympic anthem is being played, the Olympic flag, unfurled horizontally, is brought into the stadium and hoisted on the flagpole erected in the arena.
The Olympic torch is brought into the stadium by runners relaying each other. The last runner lights the Olympic cauldron. The Olympic Flame shall not be extinguished until the closing of the Olympic Games.
The flag bearers of all the delegations form a semicircle around the rostrum. A competitor of the host country mounts the rostrum. Holding a corner of the Olympic flag in his left hand, and raising his right hand, he takes the following solemn oath: "In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams".
Immediately afterwards, a judge from the host country mounts the rostrum and, in the same manner, takes the following oath: "In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship."
The national anthem of the host country is then played.
This is followed by the artistic programme designed and developed by the organising committee for the opening ceremony.