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The opening ceremony of the 2017 World Masters Games will be held At Auckland's iconic Eden Park on Friday 21 April 2017, the home of international rugby union, including the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and some of history's most memorable sporting events, moments and showdowns.
It has been reported that pre-eminent New Zealand Sports producer, Mike Mizrah, will be the creative visionary, behind World Masters Games 2017 opening ceremony, which promises to be an occasion never forgotten by athletes and their supporters.
Mike and his partner Marie Adams, have already masterminded spectacular events all over the world for such brands as Louis Vuitton, BMC, 100% Pure New Zealand, Sky Television and Spark, and they are also responsible for bringing the extraordinary World of Wearable Art and Awards Show to the public as well.
In accepting this challenge of the world's multi-sport events, they plan to celebrate New Zealand's unique culture and the spirit of World Masters Games. They will combine the use of cutting edge technology, live performance, a tribute to the 28 sports of the games and the celebratory athletes march. Personally I think athletes and their supporters are in for a treat.
Location: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Gates Open: 5-30 pm
Start time: 7-30pm
All participants are required to get their official WMG 2017 Accreditation Passes before the opening ceremony or alternatively collect their passes ahead of the Opening Ceremony or provide copies of emails and ID's to security. Information is available online. Children will have supporters registration and the Under 5's will have to be accompanied by adults in the same seats.
Seating arrangements: Participants, supporters and officials will sit in the stadium with their primary sports
What to expect? Fun, excitement and a very warm welcome, with all athletes being paraded at the end - lots of bright lights, lasers and noise, which may not be suitable for young children.
Sports Schedule: Competition in the 28 sports will take place across 10 days of the Games, commencing with selected sports and the Opening Ceremony on 21 April 2017 and concluding with final events and the Closing Ceremony on 30 April 2017.
It is free for the public to go along and support the nearly 28,000 athletes competing across all 28 sports
The World Masters Games is reportedly the world's largest multi-sport event. It is held every four years and it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of 'sport for all', the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.