Crowd of 55,000 flocks to watch European Championships Munich 2022 launch in style


Article Thu, Aug 11 2022

The Opening Ceremony for the European Championships Munich 2022 came spectacularly to life inside the Olympic Park, setting the stage for 11 days of elite multi-sport action, with Beach Volleyball due to be taking centre stage as of August 15 at the iconic Königsplatz.

The event ebbed and flowed throughout the entire park, allowing performers to interact with spectators and get them involved in the action as much as possible. Live DJ sets, graffiti walls, mirror installations, performance artists, jugglers, marching bands, acrobats and laser light shows met the crowds at every turn.

The 55,000-strong turnout inside the Olympiapark was so great that the local organisers at one point advised people on social media to avoid travelling to the site and to watch the show live on television instead. 

The Central Roof area acted as the fulcrum for the festivities, which featured a blend of music, dance, and artistic activities. Rock band Sportfreunde Stiller kicked off the evening, bringing the sizeable crowd to its feet in celebration.

A Flag Ceremony followed next, highlighting the nine sports whose athletes will compete for the title of European Champions: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing, Sport Climbing, Table Tennis, and Triathlon.

Athletes such as gymnast Felix Remuta, track and field athlete Christina Hering and Olympic rowing champion from 1972, Hans-Johann Färber, took to the stage with flags to the sound of the 10-strong Munich brass band Moop Mama.

Titled Back to the Roofs, the night celebrated the 50 years since Munich hosted the Olympic Games in 1972, with a fitting audio-visual tribute that took the audience on a journey from the events of a half-century ago to today and beyond.

The show closed out with a thumping set from Rostock rapper Marteria, who earlier had performed a song from the top of the Olympiastadium – perfectly in tune with the ‘Back To The Roofs’ theme.

For further information, visit https://eurobeachvolley.cev.eu and www.munich2022.com.