The little known facts of the CWG opening ceremony

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New Delhi: About 1,200 moving lights, 25 stacks of speakers and about 2,700 shots of fireworks spread across the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium combined with a stage weighing 500 tonnes created a spectacular opening ceremony of the Common-wealth Games here on October 3. The gigantic main stage, inspired by the mandala, a Sanskrit word for the geometric designs symbolic of the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, was one of the largest built for an opening and closing ceremony.

The stage was built within seven days by about 500 workers.

The stage was large enough to hold 500 people on it. The opening ceremony would have never been that spectacular had it not been for the lighting arrangements.

As many as 1,200 moving lights, 120 space cannons and 16 follow spots weighing approximately 75 tonnes were what it took to enchant the about 60,000 spectators. The 25 stacks of speakers produced 500,000 Watts of sound.

If one was impressed by the fireworks, it was because of the 2,700 shots spread over 88 locations on the roof of the stadium. The crowd had erupted in joy as the firecrackers went up in air heralding the beginning of the Games.

The entire system was supported by over 50 km of power cables that were used to provide constant power for the opening  ceremony.

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