Commonwealth Games 2022: Everything you need to know about the opening ceremony
This year’s Commonwealth Games are upon us, with the best athletes across the Commonwealth ready to compete for the top titles in their sport.
There will be approximately 6,600 athletes from 72 nations set to compete this year as the games take place on English soil for the first time since 2002.
This year has the biggest sports programme in the history of the Commonwealth Games with 19 sports and eight para-sports.
The games will kick off today in Birmingham with the opening ceremony marking the official start of the competition.
But what time does the opening ceremony starts and how can you watch it from home? Here’s everything you need to know:
What time does the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony start?
The 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will begin at 8pm and take place in Birmingham, where the games will be held.
It will take place at the newly-refurbished Alexander Stadium in front of more than 30,000 spectators.
The Prince of Wales will represent Her Majesty The Queen and officially open the Games at this evening’s opening ceremony.
He will be joined by The Duchess of Cornwall at the event.
How to watch the Opening Ceremony on TV
Coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony begins at 7pm today – July 28 – on BBC One, and runs until 10.30pm.
The opening ceremony will be directed by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, saying ‘it is going to be mind-blowing’ when speaking to iNews.
What to expect from the Opening Ceremony
The ceremony is expected to last two-and-a-half hours and will feature a whole programme of live entertainment curated by Knight as well as artistic director Iqbal Khan and musical director Joshua RTKal’ Holness.
During the ceremony, we will see the hoisting of the flags, a parade of the athletes, and welcome speeches.
We can also expect an artistic performance that will showcase the host nation’s culture.
Duran Duran and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi have been confirmed to be performing at the event.
They will be joined by local acts Indigo Marshall and Gambimi as well as Mezzo-soprano and Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, Samantha Oxborough, who will perform the National Anthem.
She will perform the anthem alongside a choir of more than 700 people, from 15 choirs from across the West Midlands.
The opening ceremony will conclude the Queen’s baton relay that has taken place across the Commonwealth countries set to take part.
At the end of the ceremony, the final relay runner will hand the baton back to the Queen or her representative – in this case, the Prince of Wales – who reads a message aloud to officially open the games.
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One from 7pm.
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