UEFA / Opening Ceremonies

With an international audience of over 300 million, Saturday 28th May 2011 saw FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC set out to write another chapter in their rich history in a Wembley showdown for the UEFA Champions League Final.

2011

UEFA Champions League 2011 – Opening Ceremony

Director: Jonny Grant
Producer: Luke Plaister

Challenge

To create and manage a pre-match show for the 2011 UEFA Champions League final that encompassed ‘Englishness’ in an engaging and memorable way.

Approach

Irresistible Directors Jonny Grant and Hamish Jenkinson set out to combine stunts, dance routines, and celebrity appearances with film elements to celebrate the biggest club match.

With over 800 moving parts, including umbrella props that revealed club emblems, the choreography and rehearsal were crucial in the delivery of this show. Liaising with ITV’s live camera team ensured that the event, in its entirety, was aired through a 26 camera set up.

Results

A dynamic and engaging multi-format show.

Broadcast to millions of viewers across the globe.

Irresistible were asked back to pitch on the 2013 UEFA Champions League final pre-match show.

Dancers
288

Choreographed Elements
864

Stadium Audience
90K

Global TV Audience
160 Million

Opening Ceremony Behind the Scenes Film

Director: Paul Bryan

On Saturday 25th May, London’s Wembley Arena played host to the first all-German final in Champions League history. Following our resounding success with the previous Champions League Final Opening Ceremony in 2011, we were invited back to produce the 2013 extravaganza, an opening ceremony like no other.

2013

UEFA Champions League 2013 – Opening Ceremony

Director: Jonny Grant & Hamish Jenkinson
Producer: Luke Plaister

Challenge

To create another memorable opening show for the next UEFA Champions League final.

Approach

A film was created by two opponents battling over a chess game; the chess pieces came to live and invaded the stadium, symbolising the match as a strategic game of chess.

The pitch was filled with real life characters from the chess game which carried over 2oo football club branded shields.

Results

The show was well received building the drama pre-game.

4.8m tweets referred to the final from 90 minutes before kick-off until 30 minutes after the final whistle was blown.

Stadium Audience
90K

Global TV Audience
150 Million

Event Tweets
4.8 Million

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