What time does the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony start on Friday, February 7 and will it be broadcast live online?
The ceremony will be held at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia at 11 a.m. ET, but will be shown on tape delay here in the U.S.
Watch the big celebration on your local NBC TV channel starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.
Although all of the Winter Games competition will be available to watch online via NBC Live Extra, NBC will not broadcast the opening ceremonies online.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly spent more than $50 billion (USD) on the Winter Olympics, so viewers can expect a spectacular show on Friday night.
The Sochi Media Center reports that almost 1,070 people will take part in the ceremonies that will include "singers, theater actors, ballet dancers, directors, musicians, students of Russia's leading choreographic schools and circus performers."
City News Toronto states that the opening ceremony will "open with great fanfare" and will end with fireworks.
"Loud music and light displays could be heard and seen through the roof of the stadium as part of the rehearsals which lasted a little over two hours and ended in a crescendo of fireworks." - City News Toronto
James Fielden, a reporter for TalkSportLive tweeted about the opening ceremony rehearsal, "Just been to #Sochi2014 opening ceremony rehearsal at the Fisht Olympic Stadium (WC 2018 venue). Very impressive & felt like a nightclub."
Moscow Times reported earlier in the week that pianist Denis Matsuev will be one of the many performers at the ceremony. The Telegraph writes that viola player Yuri Bashmet and conductor Valery Gergiev will also be part of big event.
There is no doubt that it will be an over-the-top and extravagant event. According to Latin Times writer Oscar Lopez, Russia is hoping to outdo the amazing opening ceremony that took place at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Lopez writes that the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games will include over 1,000 people taking part in the show.
"Indeed, a chorus made up of over one thousand Russian children is expected to perform as part of the event. Russia will no doubt be trying to outdo the extravagance of China's 2008 ceremony, which was one of the largest and most exciting ever."
Tune in to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC TV at 7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 7, 2014.
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