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Euros opening ceremony: Start time and how can I watch on TV in UK today?

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Euros opening ceremony: Start time and how can I watch on TV in UK today?
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(Getty Images)

Euro 2020 finally kicks off today, a year later than planned due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Celebrating 60 years of the tournament, it will be played across the continent as 11 host cities welcome 24 teams for 51 matches over 31 days.

The action begins tonight in Rome as Italy entertain Turkey. But first, the opening ceremony.

Here’s all the information you need to tune in...

When is Euro 2021 opening ceremony?

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, June 11 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of the tournament’s first game.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

What time is the Euro 2021 opening ceremony?

With kick-off between Italy and Turkey scheduled for 8pm BST, the opening ceremony is expected to start around 20 minutes beforehand.

Andrea Bocelli will sing Nessun Dorma, just as he did alongside Claudio Ranieri at Leicester’s Premier League title celebration in 2015.

The Italian tenor will perform the song many still associate with Italia 90, when it was sung by Luciano Pavarotti.

The opening ceremony in Rome includes a virtual performance from Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge of the official song of the tournament — We Are The People.

There will be a fly-past from Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic demonstration wing of the Italian Air Force, while Italian football legends Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta will also kick balls into the stands to mark the return of supporters in Italy for the first time since March 2020, with 16,000 fans being allowed to attend.

How can I watch the Euro 2021 opening ceremony?

TV channel: You can watch the opening ceremony on BBC via the red button during coverage of the tournament’s first game, which begins tonight at 7pm BST.

Live stream: UK viewers will be about to stream the opening ceremony, and first game, for FREE via BBC iPlayer.

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