Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Elegance and  timeless charm at the Panathenaic Stadium

All the athletes from the countries-members of the World Federation of Company Sports will participate in a magnificent parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Games. A grandiose festival in a venue proclaimed as the cradle of sports on a global basis.

The Panathenaic Stadium is the classical cultural and touristic monument of Greece and one of the most significant monuments not only for Athens, but for the whole Greece.

Its rich history is directly connected to the Modern Olympic Games as from their revival in 1896 until the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. It is also the place from where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games, both Winter, Summer and Youth.

The first modern Olympic Games commenced on 25 March and concluded on 3 April, and were a resounding success. It was in the Panathenaic Stadium that the Olympic Hymn was heard for the first time, with lyrics by poet Costis Palamas and music by composer Spyros Samaras.

Throughout the twentieth century the Panathenaic Stadium hosted diverse events, among them pan-Hellenic and international games. In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games it experienced moments of suspense and emotion during the archery contests and as the finishing line of the Marathon race. A creation of the Athenians, as its name proudly proclaims, the Panathenaic Stadium has been the venue for noble competition and fair play, of mind and of body, since Antiquity.