Football World Cup Ceremonies

France, 1998

For the Opening Ceremony of the 1998 Football World Cup,
ECA2 transformed the Stade de France into a magical garden to create a unique games ceremony.

Fantastic and colourful “insects” performed around and above giant buds that bloomed to reveal flowers that concealed giant footballs within their petals.

For the Closing Ceremony, fire-dancers on stilts lit up the arena while a pyrotechnic display launched from the Stadium roof gave the illusion that the venue was about to fly away into Paris’ skies.

Opening Ceremony: June 10th, 1998.
Closing Ceremony: July 12th, 1998.

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