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European Games - 9 Jun 2015

Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony sold out

The countdown has begun – 3 days to go

Baku 2015 European Games announced today that Friday’s Opening Ceremony for the inaugural event will be staged in front of a full house.

Mr Simon CLEGG, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: “This is an amazing achievement and something of which we should be extremely proud for what will be the biggest night in Azerbaijan’s sporting history. With just three days to go to the spectacular show, we have hit another significant milestone on this incredible journey. For 30 months we have been transforming a vision into a reality and now we will welcome the most significant addition to the European sporting calendar for 50 years with a full stadium. My thanks go to all the BEGOC staff, more than 78 per cent of whom are locals, to all their hard work in delivering not only this sold-out Opening Ceremony but also the entire Games, where the sporting sessions are also selling rapidly.”

Mr CLEGG also revealed that a total of 106 sports sessions have also been sold out and added: “The excitement around the European Games which has been so obvious in Baku is continuing to be reflected in the ticket sales.”

BEGOC has also been working closely with the authorities in Azerbaijan to ensure that there are anti-scalping laws in place to protect the thousands who want to come to the European Games. Head of Ticketing Mirjam Bogataj said: “We have worked closely with the National Olympic Committee of Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the National Parliament on this legislation. We want to ensure that all the tickets that are purchased are genuine and the best way to do that is to make sure that you only purchase tickets from our ticket booths across Baku and the one in Mingachevir.’

For those who have not managed to secure a prized ticket to the biggest night in Azerbaijan’s sporting history, the official Baku 2015 website will capture every moment of the Ceremony itself, including exclusive behind the scenes footage. The opening Ceremony will be streamed live, worldwide, on, and there will be live coverage of the big day from 12 noon Baku time on the site and through the social media platforms.

The ramp-up to the Opening Ceremony will include a live blog, tweets and posts of the excitement building throughout the Azerbaijani capital. Exclusive behind-the-scenes clips will be revealed during the Ceremony, and a 10 minute highlights package of the show will be made available minutes after the end of the event.

The homepage will be taken over by the colours of the Opening Ceremony, and the third exclusive preview trailer will be revealed, on Wednesday.

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