Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony: Facts, Timing
|Opening Ceremony Date||August 5, 2016 (Friday)|
|Opening Ceremony Start Time||BRT 6:00 PM|
|US (ET) 5:00 AM (Friday, August 5)|
|Russia (MSK) 12:00 AM (Saturday, August 6)|
|India(IST) 2:30 AM (Saturday, August 6)|
|UK(GMT) 9:00 PM|
|Australia 8:00 AM (Saturday, August 6)|
|Venue||Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro|
|Ticket Cost||€634.00 to €2,850.00|
|Broadcast||NBC at 7:30 PM ET|
|Online Live Stream||NBCSports.com/LiveExtra|
About Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
Summer 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. Every big game has an equally big opening ceremony and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics is no different. The curtain raising ceremony will take place in the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, on the first day of the tournament - August 5, 2016.
The opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro promises to be a treat to the eyes for all spectators.
How to reach Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro?
To reach the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, you have plenty of options to choose. 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 that can be reached from the Flamengo, downtown Rio, and the Botafoga areas. The stadium can also be reached from line 1, which runs from the Ipanema and Copacabana 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.
You can buy tickets from the official website http://www.rio2016.com/en/tourist-information 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 the tickets. The ticket cost for the closing ceremony in Maracanã Stadium ranges from €634 to €2,850.
Summer Olympics 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.