Russia is gearing up for a show-stopping 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup opening ceremony with more than 1500 performers lined-up for the event.
With less than a month before the opening match between Russia and New Zealand on June 17, the organisers said there would be a 20 minute opening ceremony showcasing the country’s culture before kickoff.
Russia 2018 Local Orginising Committee (LOC) revealed that the opening would tell viewers about Russia’s traditions, history, culture and nature of the four cities hosting the tournament: Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Moscow.
“This is a very special moment for Russia and we are glad that we can show football fans a glimpse of our culture before the football action takes the stage,” the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Russia 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin said.
He revealed that more than 1500 performers would be involved in the opening ceremony, which would also feature colourful visual elements and the Russia 2018 Official Mascot, the Zabivaka.
“Differently from what the Russian audience saw in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the highlight of the evening is the opening match. We will not be able to use heavy structures or pyrotechnic for example, but with a lot of creativity we are positive that Russian fans will feel proud while international spectators will wish to discover some of the country’s cultural treasures that will be presented during the show,” Sorokin says.
More than 300 000 tickets have been sold for the tournament which starts on June 17 to July 2.
Confederations Cup is a preparatory tournament for the biggest football event in the world, the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia next year.