Athletes from the Mediterranean Basin gather for the Mediterranean Games once every four years. Covering many sport branches, Mediterranean Games is the second most important organization coming after the Olympic Games.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XVII. Mediterranean Games held in Mersin between 20-30 June 2013 has taken place in Mersin Stadium with 25.000 seater capacity which was built for the Mediterranean Games.
The opening ceremony of the organization was implemented together by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge.
Ceremonies have broadcasted live by television channels of 104 countries.