Americans who want to see the opening ceremony of the 2021 Olympics on Friday will get a first taste 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 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, will be the first global gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. And although it will take place in front of Approximately 10,000 viewers, compared to the 75,000 who attended the 2016 Games, will be must-watch television for those with a passing interest in sports on the national stage.
It remains to be seen how last year’s events will affect Friday’s opening ceremony, if at all. One difference from previous parades of nations is that teams that will host future Olympics (France in 2024 and the US in 2028) will also be honored. That means those respective countries will march right in front of Japan at the end of the parade, as opposed to alphabetical order.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the Olympic opening ceremony, including the time, date, TV channel, and live streaming options:
Olympic opening ceremony start time
- Date: Friday July 23
- Weather: 7 am ET | 4 in PT
- Bis: 7:30 pm ET | 4:30 pm Pacific Time
Many Americans will wake up on Friday to the Olympic opening ceremony already underway, if it wasn’t completed, assuming they don’t want to see it live. Savannah Guthrie and Mike Tirico will host NBC’s first live morning broadcast of the Olympics, at 7 am ET. Tokyo, which operates outside of Japan Standard Time, is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time, which means the ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. local time.
NBC will rebroadcast the broadcast at 7:30 pm ET for those unable to watch it live; It will also include special coverage of the United States national teams.
What channel is the opening ceremony 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) on Friday before discontinuing 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 television broadcast schedule for Friday, July 23:
|6: 55-11 am||Live coverage of the opening ceremony|
|11 a. M. A 1 p. M.||Special Olympics Edition of “Today”|
|1-4 pm||Tokyo Olympics during the day|
|7:30 pm-midnight||Repetition of the opening ceremony|
|12: 35-1: 38 am||Special Olympics Edition of “Tonight Show”|
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Live broadcast of the opening ceremony
For those who don’t want to be glued to a TV for the 2021 Olympic opening ceremony, other wireless options to watch include NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com or fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.
Today’s Olympics schedule
Friday July 23
|Opening ceremony||–||6:55 am – 11 am||NBC|
|Rowing||Qualifying Playoffs and Playoffs||7:30 p.m. M. – 2 a. M.||United States|
|Cycling||Men’s road race||7:30 p.m. M. – 2 a. M.||United States|
|tennis||Men’s / Women’s Singles, Doubles First Round||10 p. M. – 2 a. M.||Olympic channel|
|Women’s water polo||United States vs. Japan||12 a. M. – 2 a. M.||NBCSN|