Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2014: Where and When to Watch Festivities

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

Fireworks are shot over the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the conclusion of a rehearsal for the opening ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, and the hype around the opening ceremony has even casual fans ready to watch the festivities.

The opening ceremony for each and every recent Olympic Games has been a one-of-a-kind experience that showcased the hard work and pride of the host country, and all eyes will be on Sochi to see how Russia responds.

There is little doubt that this will be must-watch television.

Here is all the vital viewing information for Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony.


When: Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia



Full Preview for Opening Ceremony

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The opening ceremony of any Olympic Games is one of the best moments. The native people that worked tirelessly to ensure that the city and the venues were ready for the start of the festivities will be rewarded with a celebration of epic proportions.

Sochi will celebrate its diverse culture, the strengths of Russia as an international power and the arrival of nations from across the world in what should be a great mixture of past, present and future.

The 2014 opening ceremony has a lot to live up to after London’s incredible 2012 Summer Olympics festivities.

Unfortunately for fans in the United States, one of President Barack Obama’s hand-chosen delegates for Team USA, Billie Jean King, will not attend the opening ceremony after her mother fell ill, according to Melissa Murphy of the Associated Press, via ABC News.

While King’s absence will put a small damper on the Parade of Athletes—the portion of the ceremony that features all of the athletes and representatives walking in front of the massive crowd at Fisht Olympic Stadium—there is no doubt that fans pulling for a certain sport or participant will have their eyes glues to the screen looking to support Team USA.

Photo via TeamUSA.com

This will also be the first chance many fans get to see the outfits designed for the ceremonies that have created so much buzz. As seen on Team USA’s official website, the sweaters and matching caps would make Bill Cosby proud.

The real highlight of every opening ceremony is the lighting of the Olympic torch. With plenty of surprises in store for fans across the world, Sochi officials have kept the details of almost every aspect of this ceremony quiet, including the details of the official lighting of the torch.

With so much to enjoy, sports fans from all walks of life should be ready for a wild opening ceremony that sets the tone for an exciting edition of the Winter Olympics.