Euro 2021 opening ceremony: artists performing, times, TV, how to watch
Ahead of the opening match of Euro 2020 between Italy and Turkey, Rome's Stadio Olympico will play host to UEFA's virtual spectacle to get things going.
The 2020 European Championship is almost with us. Friday 11 June 2021 will see Italy face Turkey in the opening fixture of the tournament, one that concludes with the final on 11 July. But before a ball is kicked, we have an opening ceremony to enjoy.
Read on to find out all you need to know about the virtual performances that will get UEFA Euro 2020 officially started.
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Euro 2020 opening ceremony: where is it held?
The opening ceremony for the covid-19-delayed Euros is taking place in the famous Stadio Olympico in Rome, a 70,000-seater stadium that will be approximately 25% full given the health protocols. What a venue to get things going in what is a unique edition of the tournament, given that matches are being played in 11 host cities.
Euro 2020 opening ceremony: what time does it start?
The ceremony begins at 2pm ET (that’s 11am PT, 7pm in the UK, 8pm local time CEST) which is an hour before we get to see the Beautiful Game itself.
Euro 2020 opening ceremony: who is performing?
With the use of state-of-the-art technology, a virtual performance will give centre stage to Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge. As UEFA announced, ‘the collaboration of the U2 rock legends and one of the world’s biggest DJs/producers on the Official Song of UEFA EURO 2020 has extended to a digital recreation of the Olimpico which will see the three artists come together as never before for a celebratory performance of We Are The People.’
UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein excitedly added:
“The opening ceremony in the Olimpico in Rome will be a fitting preamble to the tournament, and I am pleased that the collaboration between three great artists, Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge, has also produced a virtual performance that will enable fans across Europe and the world to feel closer to the tournament. We Are The People encapsulates the celebration of togetherness and festivity at the heart of UEFA EURO 2020, and I am sure fans will be thrilled by the virtual performance whether they are watching at home or online.”
As well as this, global music icon Andrea Bocelli will sing Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ from the stadium. Expect goosebumps!
It will be a pleasure and an honor to be able to offer my voice, tomorrow, at the opening ceremony of @UEFA @EURO2020, in the spotlight of the Olympic Stadium in Rome. It will also be a precious opportunity to send a strong message of hope and positivity.— Andrea Bocelli (@AndreaBocelli) June 10, 2021
Euro 2020 opening ceremony: how can I watch it?
In the United States the ceremony will be broadcast on TUDN Radio, TUDN.com, TUDN USA, TUDN App, ESPN, Univision, and Univision NOW.
Euro 2020 opening ceremony: is AS English covering it?
What a question to ask! Of course we are and you can join it here. Our Kieran Quaile will be describing all the action as it happens, and bringing you live reaction from around the world as kick-off edges closer.
Then, as the curtain falls on the virtual entertainment, Kieran will seamlessly take you into the game between Italy and Turkey as the action we have been waiting for begins…
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