I am arriving in Athens 03.19.2020 by air from Naxos at 0930. My hotel is near Syntagma Square.
I just learned of the Olympic Torch Handoff Ceremony scheduled on that date for 1100 at the Panathenaiic Stadium. I'd like to see at least some of the ceremony, even if only from a distance at the top of the stadium looking down.
I wish I had thought of the scheduled Olympic Torch lighting events earlier, since my plans make it that I will be nowhere near Olympia on 3/12, not on mainland Greece as it travels with runners in the next week, and nowhere near the Acropolis when the torch arrives in Athens on 3.18. Though, maybe I'll miss the crowds too and I'm not opposed to it.
Once I reach my Athens hotel on the morning of 3.19 (likely by taxi) I'll be within a 15 minute walk to the stadium. I've read advice suggesting one arrive early at the Panhaellaenic Stadium Handoff Ceremony (I understand it is a free event) - and by 0930 that morning - which I cannot do since I'll just be landing at Athens airport at that time. Nonetheless, I'll plan to head off in that direction to hopefully see some of the ceremony.
Is anyone familiar with this event?
Will I need a ticket and be required to take a seat in the stadium to see any of the event or can I just plan to overlook the stadium from the top?
Will security and crowds be a mess around the city on that date?
Will the event start promptly at 1100 or will it be a reliably late Greek start?
How long does the event typically go on for? An hour? Longer than an hour?
Thanks in advance for any information you are willing to share!