Arsenal to play Man City in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest

Arsenal will play Manchester City on the day of the London

Olympics opening ceremony – in the main 2008 Beijing Games


The Premier League rivals’ exhibition match in the Bird’s Nest

will kick off on July 27 at 8 p.m., which will be lunchtime in


Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says it is ”fitting that

two English clubs are playing each other on the opening day of the

London 2012 Olympics, in the stadium which hosted Beijing 2008

Olympic Games.”

The opening ceremony in the London Olympic Stadium will get

under way from 8:12 p.m. local time.