It’s finally time! The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Games are scheduled for Friday, July 23rd. After a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans and athletes alike are more excited than ever.
1. Celebrate with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
First things first, if you haven’t visited the USOPM yet – start there. The Museum highlights the history and storylines behind the Games – from the first ever to this year’s hopefuls.
- COLORADO GRAND OPENING
While the USOPM has been open for a year now, it’s finally time to celebrate the Grand Opening! As vaccination rates rise and COVID cases drop, it’s safer for us to gather now than it was last summer. The Colorado Grand Opening of the museum will feature 2-3 exciting events every week through Labor Day – including athlete meet-and-greets, sport demos and live entertainment!
Find a full list of events here.
- TOKYO GAMES FAN FEST
Additionally, the Museum is hosting the Tokyo Games Fan Fest from July 29 through August 1 in conjunction with The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. The four-day festival will be held on the Museum plaza, where you can cheer on Team USA with a 50-foot screen, a wide selection of food and beverages, and special Olympic and Paralympic Guests.
Click here to find the full schedule of the festival.
July 31 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs, and it’s time to #PartyLikeIts1871. The fun begins with a “Parade Through Time” at 11am, followed by a festival complete with interactive booths, sport demonstrations, live entertainment and a live broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games. This family-friendly event has a little something for everyone.
3. Host a watch party!
Grab the crew and head to one of our local eateries to watch the games with others in the community. Looking for a more intimate setting? Order takeout or catering and enjoy the games from the comfort of your own home – without the hassle of cooking!
- The ceremonies are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tokyo time on Friday, which translates to 5 a.m. MT. Because of the 13-hour time difference, NBC will broadcast the opening ceremony live in the morning for the first time ever – starting at 4:55 a.m. MT. It can also be streamed on NBCOlympics.com. Not feeling up to an early wake-up call? The network will replay the ceremony in primetime, starting at 5:30 p.m. MT.
- The Olympic Games will stretch from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8, with the Paralympics following suit from Tuesday, August 24 to Sunday, September 5. As always, NBC is the hub for Olympic and Paralympic coverage. Due to the time difference, re-airings of competitions and games will also be available on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.
4. Train like an Olympian/Paralympian
In Olympic City USA, you can play and train like an elite athlete with heart-pounding outdoor adventures. Whether you love to hike, cycle, run or climb, you'll find Colorado Springs a superior training ground for unleashing your inner adventurer.
- Head to Red Rock Canyon – On the west side of the city, multiple parks offer opportunities to satisfy your appetite for nature's most challenging terrains.
- Hike Our Trails – From gentle, easy hikes to heart-pounding advanced trails, the Pikes Peak Region has the perfect trail to match any level and experience.
- Put yourself to test with the Manitou Incline – The Incline is a common method of training for many Olympic and Paralympic athletes over the years. Speed skater Apollo Ohno used to run the Incline every morning, often reaching the top of the 2,768 steps in less than 20 minutes.
No matter how you celebrate the Games this year, you can’t go wrong in Olympic City USA!