Everything You Need To Know About The 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony [AUDIO]
As Claudius Templesmith in “The Hunger Games” would say—let the games begin!
Tonight marks the official beginning of the 2012 London Olympic games, with the much anticipated opening ceremony kicking off on NBC at 7:30 ET.
Constructed for roughly 80,000 people, the London hosted and named “Olympic Stadium” is one of the most expensive buildings ever constructed, costing over $753 million. To compare, Beijing’s “Bird Nest” cost only $423 million to build.
However, the money seems to be well spent—after this year’s Olympics, the stadium will once again be used for international competition during the 2012 Paralympics and again in 2017 with the World Championships in Athletics.
So what’s in store for the William Shakespeare “Tempest”-inspired opening ceremony, directed by ” Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle, entitled “Isles of Wonder”?
According to Reuters, the ceremony is predicted to be viewed live by a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people, and set to open with the ringing of the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world. The bell is produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and measures two meters tall by three meters wide, weighing in at 25.3 tons.
Complete with a million watt PA system, there’s 15,000 square meters of staging, which will house:
- 12,956 props
- 10,000 adult volunteer performers
- 900 children
- reportedly 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.
Oh, and a flying system that can lift 25 metric tons.