Opening Ceremony, Rio 2016
The day has finally arrived! After months of waiting and anticipation, we finally made our way to the Maracaná stadium for the Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Tickets for the event were not cheap, there were four levels of tickets (A/B/C/D) and C/D tickets were sold out. A/B tickets (the best tickets in the best seats) were available at 4,000 and 3,000 Reals respectively. We bought the 3,000 tickets, and in USD that’s around $840 each at the time of purchase. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? Hell yes. There is something magical about being at a worldwide event where BILLIONS of people were watching. The energy in the arena, the passion of the participants, and the pride of the athletes truly make this a, for most, once-in-a-lifetime event, and we were happy to pay that amount for tickets.
The lines moved pretty quickly even though they were long. I was surprised that the lines weren’t longer, considering you had tens of thousands of people trying to all get into the event all at once. I’d say that in total we had to wait about 25 minutes to get inside. Once we did get in, the entry was quick and by happy, smiling, friendly people.
It was neat to be able to see people from all world showing support for their countries…
I am sure that most of you have seen the Opening Ceremony on TV or during some of the TV coverage, so I won’t bore you with a play-by-play, instead just give you all a perspective from inside the stadium.
After the show, the parade of nations began!
Once all the countries made their way into the arena, it was time for the raising of the Olympic flag, a few musical performances, and then ending with the Olympic flame being ran into the stadium.
I encourage everyone to try their best to go to the games in Tokyo 2020. It’s going to be an epic experience and surely won’t disappoint. Tickets will be very hard to come by, so make sure to start saving now. We’ve already started our Olympic 2020 piggy bank and are saving every day!