Champions League
Opening Ceremonies 2017 | 2016 | 2015


Three opening ceremonies for the UEFA Champions League filled with pyro effects, professional dancers, and some of the band's most popular songs.


National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, on June 3, 2017
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, May 28, 2016
Olympiastadion in Berlin June 6, 2015


1st Prize Best Sports Event | Opening Ceremony for the UEFA Champions League 2015 Final Match
1st Prize Best Sports Event | Opening Ceremony for the UEFA Champions League 2015 Final Match

UEFA Champions League 2017
A Dazzling Spectacle, Filmmaster's Opening Ceremony

On June 3, 2017, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff hosted the highly anticipated Champions League final. For the third consecutive year, UEFA entrusted Filmmaster with the task of designing and producing the opening ceremony. After successfully handling the events in Berlin in 2015 and Milan in 2016, the Italian company brought its magical touch to Cardiff, capturing the attention of millions of viewers. The unique format introduced for the first time in Europe the spectacular Half Time Show, offering fans a real concert during the halftime break with internationally renowned artists. Before the start of the ceremony, a blue carpet of over 7000 square meters with the UEFA logo was laid out, while light shows and special effects enriched the event, followed by over 70,000 fans in attendance and broadcast in more than 200 countries.

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Unforgettable Performance
Black Eyed Peas Light Up the Show

The opening ceremony featured an extraordinary performance by the Black Eyed Peas, who enchanted the audience with a medley of their greatest hits. Their six-minute performance, animated by 150 professional and amateur dancers, offered extraordinary mass choreography, creating a collective story of music, sport, and spectacle. Filmmaster also directed the Cup Ceremony, the final ceremony that awarded the winning team on the field, adapting the opening's scenography for this concluding act. The entire event, prepared in seven months of work, reached an expected audience of over 200 million viewers.

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UEFA Champions League 2016
Unforgettable Show at the Champions League Final in Milan

The UEFA Champions League final, held this year at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, was preceded by an unforgettable opening ceremony produced by Filmmaster. The evening featured the extraordinary participation of American pop star Alicia Keys and guest star Andrea Bocelli. For the first time, the ceremony became a grand live show, with Alicia Keys performing three of her greatest hits and presenting her latest single, accompanied by a band and a cast of over 20 musicians and dancers.

Milan Celebrates
with Italian Scenery and Choreography

The stage, an impressive 3D Champions League logo with a diameter of over 13 meters, hosted spectacular performances, all on props and scenery Made in Italy created by Italian artisans. The event was enriched by the presence of 400 performers from all over Italy, who colored the field with mass choreography, paying homage to the city of Milan. The ceremony concluded with an unprecedented firework show for the Champions League final. Franco Baresi and Javier Zanetti, UEFA ambassadors, brought the Cup onto the field along with Andrea Bocelli, closing the historic evening with great emotion.

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An Explosion of Art and Football at the Olympiastadion

The opening ceremony of the final captivated the audience even before the kickoff, paying tribute to the host city, Berlin. With more than 400 performers taking to the field, the intricate mass choreographies, crafted by the renowned choreographer Wanda Rokicki, transformed the Olympiastadion into a vibrant stage. The main theme of the ceremony was art, represented through a visual journey from Bauhaus to Street Art, including historical avant-gardes and the most contemporary art forms. Two queens, embodying Bauhaus and contemporary art respectively, dominated the scene with stunning costumes inspired by period sketches and Pop Art. The mass choreographies created complex designs on the field, depicting iconic symbols such as the Brandenburg Gate, an emblem of Berlin.

Innovation and Tradition
The 3D Champions League Logo

This year's ceremony introduced two significant innovations. For the first time, the Champions League logo was represented in 3D thanks to a scenic machine composed of eight stars that, coming together in the center of the field, formed the logo itself. This three-dimensional logo also served as an elevated stage for the performers, creating a unique scenic element that will become a symbol of future Champions League editions.

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