The Opening Ceremony will be held today at London, this will be the third time the Games have been held in London as they were also there in 1908 and in 1948. There are Millions of people will watch through this event on YouTube, NBC website, TV Channels and many more. Catch all sporting event coverage and it also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.
The 2012 Olympic Games will use a mixture of new venues, present and historic amenities, and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade. Some of the other venues are resized and renovated according to Olympic association norms. The 2012 London Summer Olympic coverage is one of the biggest event in the world of sports today. Tonite, Time 20:12 BST.
- Hyde Park
- Victoria Park
- Trafalgar Square
The worldwide broadcast of 2012 London Summer Olympics will commence at 9pm according to British time. The Opening Ceremony Venue is London. London Olympics 2012 Opening ceremony live streaming and video from big screens will shown to the following places of London: The majority of venues have been divided into three zones within Greater London; they are the Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone.
The 2012 Summer Olympic features 26 sports and a total of 39 disciplines. The 2012 Paralympics Games features 20 sports and 21 disciplines. London’s actual bid featured 28 sports, in line with recent Beijing Summer Olympics, but the IOC decided to drop baseball and softball from the 2012 Games two days after it selected London as the host city.
The Venues are:
- Wembley Stadium
- Wembley Arena
- Wimbledon All England Club
- Lord’s Cricket Ground
- The O2 Arena
- Earls Court Exhibition Centre
- Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
- Excel Centre
The relay of the golden Olympic torch starts at Land’s End, Cornwall on the 19th of May and will travel through 1,018 places around the UK as anticipation for the games builds. Sites where the torch will pass such as, the Northern Ireland landmark, the Gaint’s Causeway on the 4th of June and Stonehenge on the 12th of July. On its final day it will travel down the River Thames to Olympic Park for the opening ceremony on the 27th of July 2012. The three sides of the golden aluminium Olympic Torch represent the 3 games hosted by London. It contains 8,000 holes with each perforation representing a torchbearer taking part in the relay.
The name of the Olympic Opening Ceremony show will be ‘Isles of Wonder’ and the worldwide broadcast will commence at 9pm. The Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene ‘Green and Pleasant’, which includes real farmyard animals. The Ceremony will also include a special sequence celebrating the best of British, featuring volunteer performers from the NHS.
Receiving the Head of State
The Head of State of the Host Country is received at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium by the President of the IOC. For the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Her Majesty the Queen will be greeted by Jacques Rogge.
Parade of Athletes
A procession of the participating teams in the Stadium, nation by nation. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country, apart from the Greek team, which enters first for the Olympics, and the team of the Host Nation (in this case Team GB), who march in last.
Once all the nations have arrived into the Stadium, LOCOG Chair Seb Coe will give a speech, followed by Jacques Rogge. They will end their speeches by inviting the Head of State to officially declare the Games open.
Olympic Anthem and Flag
Once the Games have been declared open, the Olympic Flag is then carried into the Stadium and hoisted into the air as the respective Anthem is played. The Olympic Charter states that each flag must fly for the entire duration of the Games – placed in a prominent position in the main Stadium.
A participating athlete, judge and coach from the Host Nation stand on the rostrum and, holding a corner of the IOC flag in their left hand and raising their right, take the Oath, vowing to compete and judge according to the rules of their respective sport,.
The Torch and Cauldron
The big finale is the entrance of the Olympic Flame into the Stadium. It is passed through the athletes to the final Torchbearer, who will ceremoniously light the Cauldron, indicating the beginning of the Games. The Flame will continue to burn for the whole of the Games.
A host of world-class British directors and producers are leading the artistic team to stage the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated audience of four billion.
Source: Official London 2012 Website