2014 winter olympics opening ceremony fisht stadium Olympics 2014 opening ceremony live stream and TV schedule informationThe 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday (Feb. 7) with the opening ceremony, which is being held in the 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium (pictured above). NBC’s Meredith Vieira says the ceremony will “present historic and modern-day Russia to the world,” as she interviews George Tsypin, the production designer for the ceremony.

“I’ve done big shows but this is something else. It’s truly mind-boggling,” says Tsypin. “Of course, that ambition that comes from the Russians is to create the biggest show ever because they say, ‘We’re a big country, we have to do it.'”

“I had to think about what makes Russia unique, and I think what makes it unique is the fact that Russians know how to dream,” Tsypin continues. “We need to look at the history of Russia almost as a series of dreams.”

Information is scarce about the actual performances scheduled for the opening ceremony, but based on 3D models Tsypin showed to Vieira, it looks like viewers are in for a treat.

The opening ceremony starts at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. in Sochi. NBC is not streaming the event live. Instead, the network will air the ceremony Friday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The BBC will be covering the event live on its website.

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