While the actual opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is officially in the books, American audiences will get the chance to experience it on Feb. 7 on NBC.
The broadcast information is as follows:
2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony
Date: Feb. 7
Time: 7:30 p.m. (local time)
Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia
TV Broadcast: NBC
The name opening ceremony is a bit misleading for these Games, as it takes place after the first Olympic action. Audiences stateside were treated to a broadcast on Feb. 6 of events including slopestyle snowboarding and team figure skating.
Those who tune in to watch the opening ceremony will be “hosted” by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira as the primary anchors of NBC’s coverage.
One of the highlights of watching an opening ceremony for any Olympics is getting an initial look at the primary stadium that will be used for the following two weeks. Fisht Olympic Stadium, which seats 40,000 people, will be the centerpiece of the Olympic Park in Sochi and the location for the opening ceremony.
The stadium was designed with Russia in mind and to give audience members clear views of both the mountain peaks in the north and the sea in the south.
The official Sochi Winter Olympics website described the design:
The design of the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium in Sochi is unique across Russia. For the first time in the construction of a large-scale structure, a translucent polycarbonate roof will be used which will give the building an appearance of snowy peaks, ensuring it sits in harmony with the landscape of the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.
Outside of seeing the actual stadium for the first time, another highlight of the opening ceremony broadcast will be watching the Parade of Nations.
In the de facto grand finale of the event, athletes from every participating country will file out in front of the cheering crowd. It is something of a metaphor for the for the entire Olympics spirit, with nations from all over the world theoretically putting aside their differences for one night to march in unison.
There will also be the dazzling performances and musical numbers that have come to be expected at events like this. Look for a heavy Russian influence in the majority of the performances as the host country tries to leave a positive impression on the world that is tuning in.
The opening ceremony is always one of the most memorable broadcasts of the entire Olympics, and the 2014 version should not disappoint.
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