The 2018 FIFA world cup – the largest event in the football world – will, for the first time, be held in Russia. This will be the 21st edition of the global event and a total of 32 teams will be participating. Set to begin on the 14th of June 2018, the event will be kicked off with a Grand Opening Ceremony at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, just 2 hours before the opening game (which will be between the hosts and Saudi Arabia). At the same time, a parallel concert will be held at Moscow’s red square but will have different performers and involve different people.
The 2018 world cup opening ceremony will be graced by over 500 dancers, trampolinists and gymnasts from the host country and are expected to give a tribute to all things Russian. Juan Diego Florez will perform alongside opera singer Placido Domingo, who is famous for providing soundtracks to Italia 90. Other opera singers expected to perform on this event are Albina Shagimuratova, Yusif Eivazov, Aida Garifullina, Ildar Abdrazakov and Anna Netrebko. However, the main acts of the event are not yet known but traditionally, the official song singers always headline the event and for this year’s world cup, the official song is “Live it up” by Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi.
The opening ceremony of the previous world cup took place on the 12th of June 2014 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It lasted for a very short time – about half an hour – and had a wide array of performers that included more than 600 dancers, stilt walkers and gymnasts from the host nation, who paid tribute to Brazil’s culture, people and football. These dancers were dressed in different attires that resembled trees and flowers and performed in 3 different acts, all leading up to the revelation of Brazilian singer, Claudia Leitte, who was hidden inside a “live football”.
The event had culminated with performances from Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, who joined Claudia on stage and performed the official song for the tournament, “We are one (ole ola)”. This ceremony was well attended, with well over 62000 of the Arena’s 68000 seats being filled. Among those in attendance included Brazil’s president at the time, Dilma Rousseff, the UN Secretary General at the time, Ban Ki-Moon and FIFA’s president at the time, Sepp Blatter.
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What time is the Opening Ceremony starts
The opening ceremony will be held in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at about 4 p.m. Moscow time (1 p.m. UTC). The opening match between Russia vs Saudi Arabia will kick off exactly 2 hours later at 6 p.m. Moscow time (3 p.m. UTC) and will be held at the same venue.
Where is the World Cup Opening Ceremony 2018
Luzhniki Stadium has the largest seating capacity of any stadium in Russia. It can hold up to 81000 people, making it also one of the largest in Europe. It is located in the capital, Moscow and is actually the country’s national stadium. It was opened in 1956 and has received major renovations over the years with the most recent one, which began in 2013 and was finished in 2017, upgrading it to fit world cup standards. Apart from holding the opening ceremony, this stadium will also hold the opening and closing matches for the tournament.
How to watch FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony Live Stream with or without cable
The host nation, Russia, and the broadcasters of the FIFA World Cup have made sure that this event is available to watch globally, whether you have cable TV or not. Everything has been made easily accessible because the opening event is used to set the tone for the entire tournament.
Most of these official broadcasters will air the opening ceremony through cable TV. However, with the ever-changing times and busy schedules that people have, not everyone has as much time to sit down in one place and watch the entire event on TV. Therefore, these broadcasters have made sure that they avail live streaming services on their websites to cater for viewers on the go. Some broadcasters even have tailored solutions for mobile users in the form of mobile apps. These apps can be found on the major app stores of the leading mobile platforms and are also capable of live streaming the opening ceremony.
The official broadcasters for the FIFA 2018 World Cup opening ceremony are quite many. According to the largest viewer markets, the US has two official broadcasters that include Fox and Telemundo. Mexico’s citizens will view this ceremony on Televisa, SKY Mexico or TV Azteca, while Spaniards will have Mediaset Espana to tune into. Globo and SporTV will air the event live in Brazil while CTV and RDS will cater for the Canadian population. This list goes on and on because almost all countries have at least one official broadcaster to air the event live in their territories.
Other official broadcasters include:
SBS is the official broadcaster for the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup as well as the 1-month event to the people of Australia. It will provide TV and radio broadcast on both of its TV and radio platforms so as to loop in more Australians on the happenings of that first day. Additionally, SBS has partnered with Optus Sport to live stream the event on both PC and mobile platforms.
BBC will broadcast the World Cup opening ceremony live in the UK. Its broadcasting rights, however, will be shared with ITV in the country so the viewers will have 2 options to consider. Apart from TV broadcast, the BBC will also stream the opening ceremony live from its iPlayer, making it more convenient for Britons who want to view the event on the go.
beIN Sports is the leading provider of sports content in the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa. As an official broadcaster of the World Cup, beIN sports will also broadcast the opening ceremony live and in HD on the streaming channel of its official website.
NBC will air the event live through its cable network as well as through its live streaming channel on its official website. The Spanish community in the United States will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony live through NBC’s Telemundo network. Telemundo will also air the entire one-month event in Spanish.
Sky is the official broadcaster of this opening event to a group of countries that include Chile in South America, Honduras and New Zealand. Sky will also provide a live stream coverage of the event through a channel on its official website. For mobile users, the event can be watched live from the Sky Sports mobile app, which is readily available for download from the major app stores.
Fox sports owns a big share of the sports viewing market in the US. It will live stream the event on its official website as well as on its mobile app, Fox Sports GO. This app is available for iPhone and Android users as well as on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and Fire TV. Their broadcasting plans for the whole 1-month event – including the opening ceremony – will also include a dozen commentators to explain the event as it occurs live on your screen.
Eurosport provides live coverage of several sporting events across several countries in Europe and in different languages. It will air the opening ceremony live across its online channels on its official website, with a possibility of providing live commentary in different languages so as to cater for its diverse European market.
How to watch FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony Live Stream 2018
Apart from the official broadcasters of the ceremonial opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, other options do exist that can allow you to live stream the happenings of the day from any phone, tablet or PC. These options provide a live coverage at a subscription premium without the need of having cable at home. They usually have free trials for beginner accounts, giving you a limited amount of time to enjoy the event before requiring payment. With a monthly subscription from as low as $25, these streaming options enable the billions of football fans without cable, to catch the opening event as well as the rest of the tournament live and in HD. Some of the most popular streaming services include:
Sling TV is one of the cheapest online TV service that you can get. For starters, you get a free trial period of 7 days after signing up. This is more than enough time to watch the opening ceremony, which takes less than one hour. It offers three packages which are reasonably priced. The first one is Sling Orange. It has 30 channels, including ESPN and costs $20 per month. Sling Blue costs $25 and has FOX and NBC among its channel list. Sling Orange + Blue is the most ideal package for watching the opening ceremony plus the entire one month event. It costs $40 and contains all the world cup channels.
Fubo TV is entirely dedicated to sports channels. You have to pay $19.99 for the first month of subscription and this affords you one free day of trial. This package gives you access to channels like NHL, Fox, CBS and ESPN, which will air the opening ceremony, giving you a live feed of the event. It includes other packages such as Fubo Latino and Fubo Portuguese, all priced equally.
PlayStation Vue has a 5 day free trial period awarded after signing up. When this time lapses, you need to pay a monthly subscription fee of $39.99. This 5-day free period is more than enough to watch the opening ceremony for free, then cancel your connection to avoid deductions on your credit card if you are not interested in the rest of the event.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu live TV is relatively expensive as compared to most of the other online streaming services. However, with more spending, comes high definition streaming with high-quality sound. It costs $39.99 per month to subscribe and gives you a 7 day trial period. This gives you enough time to watch the opening ceremony plus a few first games for free if you sign up for a Hulu account just before the football event begins.
DirecTV is owned by AT & T and gives you access to over 60 channels for only $35 per month. It is the official broadcaster of the footballing event in the Caribbean countries but one can opt to sign up on its official website for live streaming. This awards you with a 7 day trial period, which is long enough to watch the opening ceremony plus a few first games for free.
A virtual private network is ideal for bypassing issues such as geo-restriction, ISP monitoring and censorship, enabling you to watch the opening ceremony from any geographical location so long as you have an active and fast internet connection.
Creating a VPN is quite easy. Below are a few steps that can help you create a VPN on your Mac computer:
- Locate your IP address: Find and write down your IP address because you will need it later on in the steps that follow.
- Create a new VPN network: Go to your Mac’s “system preferences” and select “Network”. At the bottom left corner of the screen, click on the + button then select VPN. Select which type of VPN you want from the list then create the VPN. L2TP is recommended because of the additional passphrase requirement, which is optional but makes it more secure to use.
- Configure the VPN: Select the VPN created and enter your IP address in the server address line then enter your Mac username and password. Click on “authentication settings” to include the optional passphrase as an additional security then click Ok. Back in the network window, check on “show VPN status” then hit apply to configure your VPN.
- Connecting to the VPN: After you create and configure your new VPN, a new icon should appear on the menu bar which can be clicked to connect your Mac to the VPN, allowing you to route all your traffic through the virtual private network.
From this VPN, you can connect to any live streaming service that showcases the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup, including the ones with free trial periods. This enables you to watch the event for free, regardless of your geographical location.
How can I get World Cup Opening Ceremony Tickets?
Tickets to the opening ceremony of the World Cup can be bought via the FIFA official website on a first come first served basis. They can only be paid for via Visa payment cards and are categorized according to their location in the stadium. Category 1 tickets are the most expensive but give you a seat in the most ideal areas to watch the various performances. Category 2 and 3 are located in less prime areas while category 4 tickets are the cheapest but are exclusively reserved for residents of the host country.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is without a doubt, the biggest event in sporting history. It is a month of football heaven in which fans and players get to experience a very rare competition to determine the best in the world. Such an occasion deserves a unique and an unforgettable grand opening ceremony to kick start the one-month event and set it in motion. Therefore it is important to find a way to watch the opening ceremony live at the venue, on TV or on various online platforms.