The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be kicking off on Friday 9th February. With only a couple of days to go, everyone is beyond excited – and the cold temperatures in Pyeongchang isn’t stopping anyone.
The theme for the ceremony is ‘peace’ – a fitting topic seeing as North and South Korea have agreed to march under one flag in the ceremony.
Its bound to be an exciting opening ceremony that you won’t want to miss!
Here’s all the info you’ll need to know about the opening:
Where is it being held?
The opening ceremony will take place in the Peyongchang Olympic stadium, which was made specifically for the games. Its a stadium with a pentagonal design, and can seat up to 35,000. The build of the stadium cost $58 million and will be dismantled at the end of the Olympics.
Adjacent to the stadium is the Olympic exhibition hall, traditional food markets, other attractions, and the medal plaza which will host medal ceremonies.
Is it too late to buy a ticket to South Korea?
When does it start?
The live performances for the ceremony will begin on Friday, February 9, at 6 a.m ET, or if you don’t want to lose any sleep, NBC will be airing primetime coverage at 8 p.m ET. The entire ceremony is expected to last two or three hours, so you’ll want to get your snacks ready.
What’s the program?
According to the Telegraph, here’s what’s in store for the ceremony:
- Entry by the head of state
- Playing of the national anthem
- Parade of participants
- Symbolic release of doves
- Head of state declares the Games open
- Raising of the Olympic flag
- The Olympic oath is taken by an athlete, official, and coach
- The Olympic flame and the torch relay
- The artistic program
The artistic program is usually kept secret until the actual day, however, according to Korea Joongang Daily , K-pop stars Ha Hyun-Woo from Guckkasten, Ahn Ji Young from Bolbbalgan4, and Deulgukhwa’s Jeon In-kwo are reported to be performing.
So stay tuned, this ceremony’s going to be a good one!