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 Games, 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 for all registered WMG2017 participants.

Key information

Location: Eden Park
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. 

Children who are five and over attending these events will need to be accredited with a ‘Supporters’ registration, in order to manage capacity.

Any child under five years old will need to be accompanied by an accredited adult, and be able to sit on the same seat. Please note the Opening Ceremony is an evening occasion and will involve lots of bright lights, lasers, and loud noise, so may not be suitable for small children.

Transport
Eden Park can be easily reached by public transport. Catch the Western Line train from Britomart Station, or one of the special event buses that leave from various locations around Auckland, show your accreditation and ride for free. There is limited parking available around Eden Park. Before parking on-street please check the road closure and parking restriction signage and ensure you do not block any access ways, as parking penalties may occur. Have a look at our Opening Ceremony Transport Information Guide for all the details. 

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.

To see where your sport is sitting in advance, take a look at the Opening Ceremony Seating Map.

Athletes' march 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

After the Opening Ceremony
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.