The Tokyo Olympics officially kick off with the opening ceremony on Friday, but it will have a different feel than viewers at home are used to as the event will be held without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NBC will air the opening ceremony live in the morning for the first time ever, with coverage beginning at 6:55 a.m. ET. Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time.
Not an early bird? No problem. NBC will repeat the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The primetime showing will focus on Team USA, the parade of nations and the ceremony's performances.
The ceremony, which is expected to be more subdued than usual, will take place at the 68,000-seat National Stadium, the site for the track and field competition and some soccer matches.
The showcase will include the traditional parade of nations. The Greek Olympic team will be the first to enter the stadium while Japan, as the host country, enters last. The order of nations will be based on the spelling of countries' names in Japanese in alphabetical order.
This year, however, Team USA will be the third-to-last group to enter the stadium because of its status as a future Olympic host (Los Angeles, 2028). France, which is hosting the 2024 Games, will walk behind the U.S., followed by Japan. Flag bearers Sue Bird (women's basketball) and Eddy Alvarez (baseball) will usher Team USA into the stadium.
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