Americans who wish to attend the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympics on Friday will get a first glimpse of the significant time difference between the continental United States and Japan.
But more on that later: Friday’s opening ceremony, which will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, will be the first global meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. And although it will take place will take place in front of around 10,000 spectators – compared to 75,000 spectators at the 2016 Games – it will be the must-see television for those who are even temporarily interested in sports on the national scene.
It remains to be seen how the events of the past year will affect Friday’s Opening Ceremony, if at all. A difference from previous Parades of Nations is that the teams that will host future Olympics (France in 2024 and the United States in 2028) will also be honored. This means that these respective countries will parade right in front of Japan at the end of the parade, as opposed to alphabetical order.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Olympic Opening Ceremony, including time, date, TV channel, and live streaming options:
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Start time of the Olympic Opening Ceremony
- Dated: friday 23 july
- Time: 7 a.m. ET | 4 hrs PT
- Bis: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
Many Americans will wake up on Friday with the Olympic Opening Ceremony already underway, if it’s not over – assuming they don’t want to watch it live. Savannah Guthrie and Mike Tirico will host NBC’s first-ever live broadcast of the Olympics at 7 a.m. ET. Tokyo, which operates outside of Japanese Standard Time, is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time, which means the ceremony will begin at 8:00 p.m. local time.
NBC will rebroadcast the show at 7:30 p.m. ET for those who cannot watch it live; it will also include special coverage of the US national teams.
What channel is the opening ceremony taking place on?
NBC will air the Olympic Opening Ceremony at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. PT) and rebroadcast it at 7:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. PT) Friday before breaking coverage of Olympic events on its family of networks. This is the first time that NBC will broadcast an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony live in the morning.
Here’s NBC’s full TV broadcast schedule for Friday, July 23:
|6:55 am-11am||Live coverage of the opening ceremony|
|11 am-1pm||Special Olympics Edition of “Today”|
|1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Tokyo Olympic Games Day|
|7:30 p.m. to midnight||Replay of the opening ceremony|
|12:35 am-1:38 am||Special Olympics Edition of the “Tonight Show”|
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Opening ceremony live
For those who don’t want to be glued to a TV for the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympics, other wireless options to watch include the streaming service from NBC, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com or fuboTV, which offers a seven day free trial.
Olympic Games program today
friday 23 july
|Opening ceremony||–||6:55 a.m. – 11 a.m.||CNB|
|Rowing||Qualifying heats and repechage||7:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.||United States|
|Cycling||Road race men||7:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.||United States|
|Tennis||Men / Women 1st round single, double||10 p.m. – 2 a.m.||Olympic channel|
|Women’s water polo shirt||United States vs. Japan||12h00 – 2h00||NBCSN|