Rio de Janeiro — The Rio de de Janeiro skyline is the backdrop for the most spectacular show of the day.
The first of several shows of the Rio Olympics is set to start at 8 p.m. local time (11 a.m.-11 p.k.) in the city’s Arena Corinthians.
The Olympics are the most popular international sporting event in Brazil, with more than 7.5 million tickets sold, according to organizers.
But some of the games’ stars are also celebrities and entertainers.
A host of Brazilians are expected to participate in the games.
Rio is also home to the Rio De Janeiro International Airport, a major commercial hub that has hosted the games since 1952.
Ahead of the Games, many tourists are headed to Rio, but the city is expected to host a much larger number of visitors over the course of the four-day event.
The Olympic venues are in a downtown area known as the “Parque Estadio” (city square), which was built in 1928 and features an arena, auditoriums, shopping malls, restaurants and bars.
The first of the two-day Games, set for August 4-8, has already drawn a record-breaking crowd of more than 15 million.
Rio’s city government said the average attendance has been nearly 50 million, a figure that would be the second-highest among the Rio games.