How to watch the opening ceremony
NBC and NBCOlympics.com will broadcast the opening ceremony live, starting at 3:55 a.m. PDT on Friday. NBC will also broadcast three encores, starting with expanded coverage of the ceremony in prime time and two more replays.
The event is scheduled to last 3½ hours. Here’s a breakdown of the broadcast times (all PDT):
Live opening ceremony coverage: 3:55 a.m.–8 a.m.
Expanded prime-time opening ceremony coverage: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday night encore: 9:10 p.m.-1:10 a.m.
Saturday morning replay: 2:13 a.m.–5 a.m.
When will the opening ceremony take place in Japan?
The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Tokyo. With Japan being 16 hours ahead of the West Coast of the United States, the event starts at 4 a.m. PDT.
During NBC’s prime-time broadcast of the opening ceremony, some events, including 3-on-3 basketball, rowing and archery will be underway Saturday morning in Tokyo.
The opening ceremony will take place at Japan National Stadium (also known as Olympic Stadium), the site of the Olympic track and field events.
Who will be the flag bearers for the U.S. delegation?
WNBA star Sue Bird and two-sport Olympic athlete Eddy Alvarez will lead the U.S. delegation into Japan National Stadium after being selected as the American flag bearers in a vote by Team USA athletes.
Bird has won four gold medals for the U.S. in women’s basketball since her debut at the 2004 Athens Games. Alvarez, an infielder on the U.S. men’s baseball team, won silver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in short-track speedskating.
Although more than 600 athletes will represent the U.S. in the Games, about 230 are expected to take part in the parade of nations at the opening ceremony.
Will fans be allowed to attend the opening ceremony?
Japanese Olympic officials are barring fans from attending the opening ceremony because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country. There will still be plenty of people at the 68,000-seat stadium during the ceremony, however.
About 10,000 people, including International Olympic Committee officials, Japanese Olympic officials, diplomats, dignitaries and sponsors will be attending. Performers and members of the media will also be present as will athletic personnel from the 206 nations, and entities represented in the Olympic Games.