For the second time this month, Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be rekindled to celebrate the start of an international sporting event.
The Cauldron will be relit tonight as part of the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural Americas Masters Games at the plaza. More than 5,000 athletes aged 30 and over will be competing in 22 sports at venues across the city.
- 5,000 athletes to compete in Americas Masters Games in Vancouver
- 8 nights of free summer concerts at Jack Poole Plaza
Pre-ceremony festivities begin at 4 pm with DJ Crystal Adare, and the ceremony kicks off at 6 pm sharp. This will include the athletes’ march, official speeches, First Nations blessing and presentation, raising of the IMGA flag, and the athletes’ oath. From 8 to 9:30 pm, Famous Players Band will take the stage to conclude the evening’s proceedings. The event is free to the public.
Every day for the next nine days, there will be free concerts and performances at the plaza as part of the Games’ celebrations and festivities.
First lit by Wayne Gretzky in 2010, the Olympic Cauldron was relit earlier this month for the start of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics and it will be relit again on September 7 to celebrate the start of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Vancouver 2016 Americas Masters Games Opening Ceremony
When: 6 to 9:30 pm on Saturday, August 27
Where: Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver)