The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday (Feb. 7) with the opening ceremony, which is being held in the 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium (pictured above). NBC’s Meredith Vieira says the ceremony will “present historic and modern-day Russia to the world,” as she interviews George Tsypin, the production designer for the ceremony.
“I’ve done big shows but this is something else. It’s truly mind-boggling,” says Tsypin. “Of course, that ambition that comes from the Russians is to create the biggest show ever because they say, ‘We’re a big country, we have to do it.'”
“I had to think about what makes Russia unique, and I think what makes it unique is the fact that Russians know how to dream,” Tsypin continues. “We need to look at the history of Russia almost as a series of dreams.”
The opening ceremony starts at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. in Sochi. NBC is not streaming the event live. Instead, the network will air the ceremony Friday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The BBC will be covering the event live on its website.