Opening Ceremony 2012: What to Expect from Tonight's Epic Festivities

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2012

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With roughly one billion people expected to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight in London, the heat is on to give everybody a show they will never forget (7:30 p.m. ET NBC).

This is a $42.3 million dollar event called “The Isles of Wonder” that has been planned out for years. There have already been two rehearsals to ensure the Danny Boyle-directed show goes off without a hitch.

According to The Daily Mail, the stadium is going to cram a minimum of 62,000 people, 16,000 athletes, 10,000 performers, 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chickens, three cows, two goats and dog and geese into the Olympic Stadium.

While I’m dying to know what exactly the animals are going to be doing there, the sheer volume of people is going to make the environment electric.

Guests are expected to include the Royal Family, Paul McCartney, Daniel Craig and Elton John in a star-studded affair that's truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

One of the big question marks is who will light the Olympic cauldron. Some wonder if soccer star David Beckham will do the honors, but I think the choice is pretty clear.

Great Britain’s own Roger Bannister has closed as the favorite with most sportsbooks, and it makes plenty of sense. He was the first ever athlete to break the four-minute mile back in 1954. Being able to celebrate Great Britain's history with an incredible feat from the past makes this decision a no-brainer.

We won’t know for sure until tonight.

There are rumors floating around that Beckham may be involved in a different capacity. The Daily Mail reports there was been wide speculation Beckham will be kicking a flaming soccer ball.


Looking to score a ticket to tonight’s unforgettable performance? Hope you have roughly $2,000 (£1,600) to spend. That’s for the cheapest seats available. According to Yahoo! Sports, the majority of tickets still available run for roughly $3,157.

With the entire world watching, the pressure on the city of London is monumental. After the incredible light show and performance in Beijing four years ago, the bar has been set sky-high.

Any sort of miscue is going to be criticized by every nation in the world. Social media might explode.

The pressure is on.