President's Cup 2013 Opening Ceremony: Start Time, TV Preview for Rascal Flatts

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03:  (L-R) Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel on December 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The 2013 President's Cup will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, but the opening ceremony will rock Columbus with many great attractions, including a performance from the Grammy-award winning Rascal Flatts.

The pre-event festival is trying to infuse a more lively spirit into the fans before the big 24-man team competition that will take place on the course. With Team United States taking on 12 of the best international players (sans Europe), the event organizers are trying to bring a team-sport feel to a notoriously independent game.

Adding a Preakness Stakes InfieldFest concept to the tournament is a great idea to get behind for golf fans, and the result should be a much rowdier crowd on the course cheering on their favorite players and booing those stars they do not like.

This will be a fun twist on such a tradition-rich sport.

 

Team USA
Team USAAllan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Location: Columbus Commons, Columbus, Ohio

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

TV: Golf Channel

Live Stream: Golf Channel Live Extra

Tickets: SOLD OUT

All information via PresidentsCup,com.

 

EventTime (ET)
President's Cup Opening Ceremony Events and Times
International Festival5 - 7 p.m.
Formal Opening Ceremony7 - 8:15 p.m.
Rascal Flatts ConcertStarts at 8:30 p.m.

 

The International Team
The International TeamAllan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Full Opening Ceremony Preview

Wednesday’s event will start off with a huge banquet of international foods celebrating the culture and people represented by the members of the international team. During that time, international music and performances will highlight the multi-cultural event.

After the festivities have subsided, the official opening ceremony will begin with Dan Hicks of NBC Sports hosting the show. Not only will the Ohio State University marching band get a chance to play, but Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem will also make speeches, per the tournament’s official site.

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Jack Nicklaus (R) poses with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem after the 2013 President's Cup was awarded to the Muirfield Village Golf Club prior to the start of the 2010 Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on Ap
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Add in the introduction of the two teams of 12 players and a pre-taped video from U.S. President Barack Obama, and this is the perfect way to start off the one-of-a-kind event.

As if that wasn’t enough for the fans in attendance, country trio Rascal Flatts will rock the stage into the night. The addition of Rascal Flatts to the event was a major coup for golf, and this could be the key to attracting a much younger audience to the sport.

The fans are welcomed to enjoy themselves responsibly and take in the fun associated with the 2013 President’s Cup. This wild ceremony is only the opening of the event, though, and it’s going to be a long week in Ohio.