The opening ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) will draw the participation of 20,000 guests who will get stadium sit in Stand A, the My Dinh National Sports Complex, Hanoi on the evening of May 12.

 Hanoi will host the opening ceremony at the My Dinh National Sports Complex. Photo: Hoang Quan

The organizing committee will issue the invitations to guests who are Government and international officials, resident diplomats in Vietnam, coaches, and athletes from Southeast Asian sports delegations.

The opening ceremony will include three main chapters titled Friendly Vietnam, Strong Southeast Asia, and Shinning Southeast Asia.

The event, estimated to last 120 minutes and draw the participation of nearly 3,000 artists and art performers, will tell a story about Vietnamese stature and culture, traditions and people, spread the sportsmanship spirit, and convey the message of the event, which is fostering a strong and united ASEAN. 

According to the plan, after the parade of 11 sports delegations, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will announce the opening of the SEA Games 31.

The number of invitation tickets accounts for 50% of the My Dinh Stadium’s capacity.