World Masters Games 2017 will feature Opening and Closing Ceremonies to celebrate the coming together of 25,000 masters athletes for the love of sport. The ceremonies are the most anticipated occasion of every World Masters Games, with each host nation creating an event to match its unique culture and heritage.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday 21 April 2017 at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park, home of international rugby and cricket and some of history’s most memorable sporting showdowns.

New Zealand’s pre-eminent event producer, Mike Mizrahi, will be the creative visionary behind the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony which promises to be an occasion athletes and supporters will never forget.

Mike and partner Marie Adams, of Inside Out Productions, have masterminded spectacular events the world over for brands such as Louis Vuitton, BMW, 100% Pure New Zealand, Sky TV and Spark, and are responsible for bringing to life the extraordinary World of WearableArt® Awards Show.

In taking on the challenge of the world’s largest multi-sport, they plan to celebrate the unique culture of New Zealand and the spirit of the World Masters, combining use of cutting edge technology, live performances, a tribute to the 28 sports of the Games and the celebratory athletes’ march.

Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is included in all WMG2017 registration packages.

Opening Ceremony - key information

Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Gates open: 5:30pm
Start time: 7:30pm
Estimated finish time: 9:00pm
We strongly advise that participants arrive early.

Entry into Eden Park
All participants will require their WMG2017 accreditation to gain access to the Opening Ceremony. If you are unable to collect your Accreditation Pass ahead of the ceremony, then you will need to present a copy of your WMG2017 confirmation email and your ID to security. Those without their pass or proof of confirmation will not be permitted entry. For accreditation information click here. 

Transport
There will be regular trains and buses leaving downtown Auckland from 5.00pm, these will be free as long as you present your Accreditation Pass. If you don’t have your pass, you will need to purchase a ticket at Britomart Transport Centre. Parking near the venue is very limited and will be outside of the road closures in place for the event. 

Seating Arrangements
Participants will be seated in the stadium with their primary sport. Supporters and Officials will be seated with the primary sport they are supporting or affiliated with. This means that you will be told which gate to enter through, and which section you are to sit in. We strongly recommend arriving early to give yourself adequate time to locate your appropriate entry point and sport section.

Parade Details
Participants will parade out of the stadium at the end of the Opening Ceremony with their primary sport. Supporters are encouraged to march with the sport they are supporting. The parade will proceed in the event of rain, so guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. Please note, the parade route involves stairs, as well as travel across uneven surfaces. Participants could be standing for up to an hour. Registered supporters are encouraged to parade with the athletes.

What to expect
Fun, excitement, a warm welcome, and an athlete parade at the end. Please note that there will be lots of bright lights, lasers and noise which may not be suitable for some people and small children. St Johns will be onsite as the First Aid provider.

Food and Beverage options
A range of food and beverages will be available for purchase from 5:30pm inside the stadium; cash, EFTPOS and major credit cards are accepted.

Accessibility
Wheelchair-accessible seats will be available, and an alternative parade route will be managed for those in wheelchairs.

Conditions of entry into Eden Park
Please see http://www.edenpark.co.nz/game-day-information/conditions-of-entry

Afterwards
Find out more about transport information to get you back to the city. If you’d like to stay local and continue the celebrations, the suburb of Kingsland is a short 10 minute walk away. There are a wide array of bars and restaurants for guests to enjoy post-ceremony.


Closing Ceremony

This special occasion honours the memories and companionships created during the Games, and features a handover of the organising responsibilities to the next host of the Summer World Masters Games in 2021, the Kansai region of Japan. The Ceremony will take place at the Entertainment Hub at Queen's Wharf, downtown Auckland.

Attendees can expect an evening strong on celebration, acknowledging the achievements of athletes and the contributions of everyone involved in creating the Games experience, along with a farewell to Games visitors as they return to their homes around the world.

Closing Ceremony - key information

Date: Sunday 30 April 2017
Gates open: 5:00pm
Start time: 6:30pm
Estimated finish time: 7:30pm

There is limited capacity for this event, so we strongly advise that participants arrive early.

Entry onto Queen's Wharf
Participants will need to be wearing their WMG2017 Accreditation Pass to gain entry to the Closing Ceremony. If you do not have your Accreditation Pass, then you will need to present a copy of your WMG2017 confirmation email and your ID to security. Those without their pass or proof of confirmation will not be permitted entry.

What to Expect
A formal ceremony that honours the memories and companionships created during the Games, and features a handover to the next host of the Summer World Masters Games in 2021, the Kansai region of Japan.

What to Wear
We recommend you wear comfortable footwear and warm clothes as if numbers are high, some participants may be standing outside for the duration. Please also bring wet weather gear just in case!

Seating arrangements
Dignitaries only will be seated for the duration of the Closing Ceremony. Formalities will be standing-only for all other participants.

Accessibility
Wheelchair-accessible seats will be available in The Cloud, however capacity is limited. We strongly recommend participants arrive early.