The opening show of the World Cup will be at the Luzhnikí Stadium in Moscow and includes a show tribute to Russia with opera stars such as Plácido Domingo.
The inaugural ceremonies of the World Cups do not show the grandeur and resources used in the opening of the Olympic Games.
But we can expect Russia to offer a memorable spectacle for the World Cup, in the tradition of the opening gala of the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Opening day and time
The opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place on Thursday, June 14, at 4 pm Moscow time, which equals 9 am Eastern Time (6:00 am Pacific time). .).
Where will it take place?
The opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held in Luzhnikí State, in Moscow. This site is in the center of the Russian capital, within the Olympic Complex of the city.
In parallel to the opening ceremony, a concert will be held at the Red Square, as part of the celebration celebrations of the 2018 World Cup Russia.
Who will participate?
As of today, it has not been announced which pop stars will participate in the ceremony (many remember Shakira and Pitbull, musicians who entertained the opening of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014).The participation of the tenor Plácido Domingo with the Peruvian lyric singer Juan Diego Florez is confirmed.Many remember that Plácido Domingo was one of the members of Los Tres Tenores, together with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras, who offered a concert at the Baths of Caracalla , in Rome, on July 7, 1990, as part of the inaugural acts of the World Cup Italy ’90.On the Russian side, the pianist Denis Matsuev and the Russian stars of the Opera Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Aida Garifullina and Albina Shagimuratova will perform.
Also, the opening show will feature the interpretation of Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi, performers of the song ‘Live It Up’ , official theme of the World.
On the other hand, the presenter will be one of the most charismatic football characters of today: Ronaldo Nazario de Lima , world champion in 1994 and 2002.
The organizing committee has announced that there will be a show that will pay tribute to Russian culture, with the participation of around 500 dancers and gymnasts. This show will culminate with a display of pyrotechnic fires that will illuminate the Moscow sky.Since FIFA has already selected its official World Cup song – “Live It Up”, performed by Nicky Jam with Will Smith and Era Istrefi -, it is not excluded that these singers could make an appearance at the ceremony.
Who will broadcast the inauguration?
The inauguration of the World Cup will be broadcast in the United States through the following means. The television channels that will broadcast the ceremony are Fox, FS1, Telemundo and NBC Universo. You can also watch live, streaming , through FoxSports.com , Fox Sports app, Fox Soccer Match Pass app , TelemundoDeportes.com and Telemundo Deportes en Vivo app