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    Posted July 8, 2013 by
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    America's Cup Opening Day

    Charlotte Schultz, David Chiu, Monique Moyer, Stephen Barclay and Valérie Chapoulaud cut their way through the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29 on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in San Francisco, California. The park attracted over 30,000 visitors in its opening day.

    Four teams - Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge - have their bows aimed at the ultimate prize: the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport first contested in 1851. For the first time since 1995 the America’s Cup is being hosted in the United States.

    During the opening ceremony the teams were introduced with a cheering audience at the AC Pavilion. There were also performances by America's Got Talent finalists, Recycled Percussion, Maori performers from New Zealand, a Swedish chorus and Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito. The ceremony ended with confetti bursting from the stage, white doves being released into the crowd and an air-show by Team Oracle's Sean D. Tucker after closing statements from San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee and America's Cup Hall of Fame Inductee, Lucy M. Jewett.

    The entrance to the America's Cup Park is free to the public and is open now until the America's Cup Finals on September 21st. The park features special performances and a variety of activities for the entire family! What are you waiting for? Bart is back open! Get your butt off that chair and enjoy the races!
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