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The 2013 America’s Cup opened amid great fanfare and celebration on Independence Day, with an Opening Ceremony produced by e2k on the main stage at the America’s Cup Pavilion. Nearly three months later, on September 25th, e2k directed the Closing Ceremony and presented Oracle Team USA with the world’s oldest sports trophy.
The Opening Ceremony featured cultural performances from the four competing nations. The U.S. was represented by the Recycle Percussion troupe, New Zealand by the Maori performing arts group Te Waka Huia, Italy by the tenor Pasquale Esposito and Sweden by the choir Voices of Sweden.
Additional performances were from Misa Malone, from the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon, who sang “San Francisco,” and Nayah Damasen, an 8-year-old from San Jose who sang the National Anthem. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard and the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps ushered in the American flag and the flags of Italy, New Zealand and Sweden.
The park officially opened shortly after noon with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the entrance to the America’s Cup Park. The dignitaries who spoke at the ribbon-cutting were David Chiu, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President, Monique Moyer, Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco,Valérie Chapoulaud, the CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas, and Stephen Barclay, the America’s Cup Event Authority CEO.
The September 25th Closing Ceremony featured speeches from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. e2k provided show direction and stage management, with performances form the Concord Blue Devils Drum Corps, DJ Amy Robbins and a confetti and CO2 canon spectacular.
Tens of thousands of fans were on hand for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and more than a million San Franciscans and world tourists visited America’s Cup Park over the course of the regatta.