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What Time Does The Opening Ceremony For The Rio Olympics Start?

The 2016 Rio Olympics have technically already begun, with soccer and gymnastics having already started their competitions. But the event truly kicks off Friday night with the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony is set to take place at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro at 7 p.m. ET., however, coverage on NBC won't start until 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be broadcast on a one-hour delay so the network can "curate" the broadcast.

How long will the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics last? Around four hours, based on history.

Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles will direct the event. The opening ceremony will reportedly cost half - around $21 million - of what London spent in 2012. Brazil is currently experiencing a recession. Meirelles told Reuters that it would be "cool."

"Athens was about the classics, Beijing was grandiose and muscular, London was smart, and ours - ours will be cool," said Fernando Meirelles, the director who made a Rio slum famous in the film "City of God."

Saturday brings the start of a number of sporting events. Archery, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, handball, judo, rowing, rugby, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo and weightlifting all kick off. Seven of the sports will have medal events on Saturday - already.

The Olympic games will last for 16 days. They are set to conclude on August 21st.