Seven years after Beijing won the hosting rights to the 2022 Winter Games, and two days after competition quietly began with a curling rock sliding down a sheet of ice, China will officially open the Winter Games on Friday.
The ceremony organizers have planned will be much shorter than usual but sure to include the bombastic national pride and edge-pushing visuals typically expected of the Olympics’ kickoff event.
With Beijing 13 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone in the United States, the ceremony in China — much like many of the prime-time events that follow — will take place early in the American morning. Here’s how to follow along.
What time is the opening ceremony?
It will begin at 7 a.m. Eastern on Friday (8 p.m. in Beijing).
How can I watch the opening ceremony?
The ceremony will be carried live on NBC in the United States, with coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. Eastern. NBC will rebroadcast the ceremony from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on Friday, with a focus on American athletes. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, will also carry the event live.
Not in the United States? The Olympics has dozens of broadcast partners around the world, including the CBC (Canada), Globo (Brazil) and Eurosport — in partnership with domestic broadcasters like the BBC (Britain) and ARD and ZDF (Germany) — across much of Europe.
How long will the ceremony last?
It is expected to run for less than an hour and a half, a relative breeze compared with past ceremonies that have lasted up to four hours.
What do we know about the show?
It will be held at Beijing’s National Stadium, the arena known as the Bird’s Nest that also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Zhang, the director, said there would be about 3,000 performers, down from 15,000 at the 2008 Games. Zhang also directed the 2008 opening ceremony, which was a lavish tribute to China in an effort to stir national pride.
Will there be fans in the stadium?
Just as last year in Tokyo, this year’s events are likely to play out before a nearly empty stadium. Beijing said in January that it would not sell tickets to the general public, but some fans screened by organizers will be allowed to attend.