An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks
the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of
an event. Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic
Games, FIFA World Cup, and the
Rugby World Cup
Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941
In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities. See also
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