The first day of Paralympic competitions in Sochi will take place on the 8March; the first awards ceremony for winning athletes will take place in the Paralympic Medals Plaza in Krasnaya Polyana on the same day. Over 9 days, 58 of overall 72 sets of medals will be awarded in the Medals Plaza. In addition to the medal ceremonies, guests can also enjoy concert programs featuring an array of musical stars. Entrance to the Plaza is completely free, giving everyone the opportunity to see the newly crowned Paralympic champions jubilantly accept their medals.
The Paralympic Medals Plaza is located in the heart of the Mountain Cluster, at the lower base of the Rosa Khutor ski resort at an altitude of 575 m above sea level. The Plaza is approximately 45 kilometers from the international airport of Sochi. Between the 8 – 15 March, the Medals Plaza will be open from 10:00 to 22:00, closing briefly each day from 16:00 to 16:30.
Every evening at 17:00 the guest of the Plaza will meet the athletes-participants of the Sochi Paralympic Games – they will talk to the fans and answer their questions. Then the awards ceremonies for the Paralympic athletes will be held. They will start each evening at 18.00 and will last for approximately 45 minutes. During the celebrations, athletes will be awarded medals and bouquets, and will hear the national anthem of the countries whose athletes won gold medals.
The total area of the Medals Plaza is 1,600 square meters, and the space can accommodate up to 1,500 guests at one time.
Each day, Paralympic competitions will be broadcast on a huge screen with an area of 40 sq.m. Competitions will be broadcast in real time and during the breaks the best performing creative teams of Russia will perform including: the Kuban Cossack Choir, the Pyatnitskiy Russian Folk Choir, the Islamey Folk Song Ensemble, the Stavropol Cossack Song and Dance Ensemble, and the Lezghinka Dance Ensemble of Dagestan.