Though the Sochi games technically begin on Thursday, Feb. 6, the sure-t0-be-amazing Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday Feb. 7. Find out what you need to know about the ceremony — like, for example, where and when to watch it — below!
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will air on NBC on the evening of Feb. 7, in a mega-million dollar telecast that will feature the U.S. team in all of their grandma-costumed glory.
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: Where To Watch & What To Know
NBC’s 7:30 p.m. EST airing of the Ceremonies are sure-to-be epic — Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are emceeing for the American crowd, with Bob Costas anchoring the ceremony from the International Broadcast Center. The actual performers and high-quality hijinks have been kept under serious wraps, but The Telegraph reports that 15 buildings, six trains, and six bridges will be built on the stage of the stadium for the event. Um, count us in.
The livestream from the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi — a gorgeous venue specifically designed to give viewers a clear shot of mountain peaks in the north and the sea in the south — will be available online, if you’re crafty. NBC is streaming everything but the Opening Ceremonies on their website (boo), but livestreams can be found if you use a VPN (virtual private network) service online. However, you can also tune in to the NBC broadcast with the rest of the country to get a clearer picture (and host a fun Friday night party with your friends).
Of course, the Opening Ceremony isn’t the true beginning of the Games. Fans will be treated to prime-time coverage Thursday, Feb. 6 of actual events, including snowboarding with Shaun White and team figure skating. These, of course, will be streamed live on NBC’s site.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you be watching with Matt, Meredith, and Bob during primetime, or with us Olympics freaks via livestream? Who are you most excited to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy