When & Where To Watch The Olympics Opening Ceremony

The event will be history-making for multiple reasons.
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Whether it’s by way of a pint-sized Nikki Webster soaring across the Olympic stadium in Sydney, or a skit from James Bond and Queen Elizabeth in London; the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games is always sure to deliver a spectacle.

It’s of little surprise then that an estimated 1 billion people will tune in this year, gathered by televisions around the world to watch the official beginning of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The event will mark the first time in Olympic history that an opening ceremony has been held outside of a stadium. Athletes will take to the city’s famous River Seine for the occasion, which they will reportedly parade down on boats. It is also expected to be the largest Olympics opening ceremony ever—so it certainly won’t be one to miss.

Scroll on for everything you need to know ahead of the 2024 Olympics opening ceremony, including when and where to watch it.

The Australian Olympic Team during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (Image: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport)

When & What Time Is The 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will commence on July 26 at precisely 8:24pm, local time.

If you’re hoping to catch the event in Australia, you will be able to tune in live—although, it will require an early rise. This equates to a 4:24am AEST (NSW, QLD,  VIC, TAS and ACT), 3:54am ACST (SA and NT) and 2.24am AWST (WA) start.

Where To Watch The Olympics Opening Ceremony In Australia

Channel Nine has the broadcasting rights to all Olympic content, so tune in there at 4:24am AEST on July 27 to watch the opening ceremony live.

Stan customers are in luck as the streamer will be broadcasting all Olympic content, including the opening ceremony, 4K UHD quality on Stan Sport, both live and on-demand.

the seine river with boats in it ahead of the 2024 paris olympics opening ceremony
The Olympic fleet rehearsing in the Seine ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics (Image: Getty)

Who Is Australia’s Olympic Flag Bearer?

Every Olympics, each country selects an athlete or athletes to lead its national team and carry its flag in the opening and closing ceremonies. It is considered a huge honour.

The Australian flag bearer for the 2024 Paris Olympics is yet to be selected.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, two athletes were chosen to share the role, with swimmer Cate Campbell and basketballer player Patty Mills serving as dual flag bearers.

When Are The 2024 Paris Olympics?

Despite the opening ceremony being held on July 26, the Paris Olympics technically start two days earlier. Handball, football, archery and rugby sevens commence on July 24, and the games will run until August 11.

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