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The Opening Ceremony

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There were actually two opening ceremonies. The first one on April 5, Easter, was to commemorate the founding of the games and dedicating the new stadium to George Averoff, the man who funded much of the games. It started early in the morning, with athletes, sporting companies, and officials marching into the stadium. It was a huge event, with people crowding around both inside and outside of the Panathenaic Stadium.

We’ve actually found a rare video of the opening, which we’ll post later in the article.