The 2016 Rio Olympics will take center stage across the world, starting on Friday, Aug. 5 with the opening ceremony.
Athletes and fans from all corners of the globe will convene to kick off the Games of the XXXI Olympiad by gathering at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The ceremony will include traditional Olympic features like the oath and the parade of nations, along with unique celebrations highlighting Brazilian culture and accomplishments.
The person who lights the cauldron during the opening ceremony is a closely guarded secret. The odds-on favorite was Brazilian soccer legend Pelé, but he was forced to miss the ceremony due to health concerns.
NBC has announced it will broadcast the opening ceremony on a one-hour delay in the Eastern time zone (two hours for Central Time, four hours for Pacific Time) in order to “curate” the coverage. The live stream will also be delayed.
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When: Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT (here are some options if you want to watch live)
Where: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil