Eröffnung & Schlussfeier

Notice: Tickets for Opening and Closing now available - and "Hohenhaus Tenne Card" (only for Opening)!


Opening Ceremony

Date: Saturday18th March, 2017

Place: Planai Stadium, Schladming (Coburgstraße 52, 8970 Schladming)

Time: 7 pm


The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 will be a very special experience. The marching in of all 107 delegations in the Planaistadium, the Special Olympics flag, the Special Olympics oath and the "Flame of Hope" are just a few highlights of this special event. International stars like Helene Fischer and Jason Mraz will perform at the Opening, also Rose May Alaba and Anna Maria Kaufmann, "Vereinigung Wiener Staatsopernballett" together with Dance Company "Ich bin O.K." and many more.

Tickets: and "Hohenhaus Tenne Card"



Closing Ceremony

Date: Friday, 24th March 2017

Place: Stadium Graz (Stadionpl. 1, 8041 Graz)

Time: 7 pm

The closing ceremony is the end of an exciting and emotional time. The "Flame of Hope" will be extinguished but the "Heartbeat around the world" will continue to live. Helene Fischer and Andreas Gabalier will perform at the Closing, also Rose May Alaba and Grace VanderWaal.




Inportant information for the ceremonies:

  • No large bags or backpacks are allowed - safety checks are carried out!     
  • It is recommended to travel by public transport as there is very limited parking.     
  • The ceremonies are Open Air events - please dress in accordance with the temperatures.     
  • Ticket sale: Limited card contingent!
  • Please notice that all rehearsals /general rehearsals are not public.


Die Eröffnungsfeier LIVE im Fernsehen

In Austria you can watch the Opening Ceremony on ORF Sport+! 


ESPN is international broadcaster:

Europe, Middle East und Africa:
Highlight programs, Video News Releases and vignettes are available via
Asia: The local versions of; ESPN’s coverage will be carried in India on SONY ESPN / SONY ESPN HD
Australia/New Zealand:
ESPN2 in Australia and New Zealand: WatchESPN/broadband player
Caribbean: ESPN networks and ESPNPlay/broadband player
Latin America (Spanish language): ESPN networks and ESPNPlay/broadband player
Brazil (Portuguese language): ESPN networks and WatchESPN/broadband player
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