Your essential guide to the opening ceremony of the month-long festival of football.
SBS Guide

14 Jun 2018 - 3:22 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2018 - 3:22 PM

What time is the World Cup opening ceremony?

In Australia, SBS will broadcast the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony on Thursday 15th of June. The tournament preview starts at 10:30pm followed by the Opening Ceremony at midnight. In the event of delays, there may be some unforeseen changes to SBS’s broadcast.

How can I watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony will be presented live and for free on SBS - you can also watch live at SBS On Demand, or in the official 2018 FIFA World Cup app.

Where is the Opening Ceremony being held?

The main ceremony will take place inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, with a simultaneous concert being held in the famous Red Square. 

What will happen during the Opening Ceremony?

Robbie Williams will headline the event and perform before the 80,000 attendees and a global audience of many millions.

“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance. I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream,” Williams said. 

He’ll be joined by celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. And, this being the World Cup, two-time Brazillian champion Ronaldo will take to the stage, to represent all players participating in the month-long festival of football in Russia.

For all your World Cup news, fixtures, results head to SBS The World Game Website

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