World Cup opening ceremonies don't normally go well but the reaction to this year's one has been particularly negative.
Thousands of fans turned out at the opening event and were treated to a performances by Russian and worldwide musicians as well as a viewing of the World Cup trophy.
"After a long journey, the fourth edition of the Trophy Tour concluded in Russia's capital Moscow, the same city where the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched this remarkable tour nearly nine months ago at Luzhniki Stadium", said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc'h. It is set to air at 9 a.m. CT and 10 a.m. ET. "About 800 people are involved in the ceremony", Mikhailov said.
Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony.
WHAT CHANNEL IS THE WORLD CUP ON TV: Like the games, the opening ceremony will air on the Fox network, airing from Russian Federation. "At the same time, the action will extend beyond the stadium, encompassing the city and the area around the Luzhniki Stadium".
Here is the official world cup anthem. "We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show".
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Fox Sports mobile apps: If you have a pay-TV login, you can access Fox Sports on its mobile apps on iOS or Android . The event kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m.
FuboTV: Fox (live in most markets) is included in the "Fubo Premier" channel package.
A third option that also offers a 7-day free trial is Sling TV.
If you can not watch the event live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a "72-Hour Lookback" feature, which allows you to watch most events or shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
If you can't watch the program live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Over the past ten months, FIFA Legends, 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassadors and prominent figures around the world have provided valuable support with the organisation of the tour.
The 44-year-old had said he was told not to use his song "Party Like a Russian", which Pro-Kremlin media outlets suggested mocked Russian oligarchs, while critics in England objected to Williams performing at such a major event for a country that has been accused of human rights abuses. In addition, Telegraph has reported that 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will be involved, as will Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.