It has been announced that a first wave of tickets to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will go on sale in less than a month.
Thirty per cent of tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be made available to the public, a spokesman for the organizing committee said Tuesday.
The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee aims to reduce the number of empty seats at all events with its new plan for ticket allocation and sales, which will begin Oct. 3, said Dave Cobb, VANOC’s executive vice-president. [CBC]
From October 3rd until November 7th you’ll be able to grab your share of the 1.6 million tickets that will be going on sale during “Phase 1”. However, this is a far more complex process than heading over to your neighbourhood Ticketmaster outlet.
“Phase 1 of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games ticket program will move through four stages: Application Period, Lotteries, Notification and Exclusive Add-On Period.”
“Phase 2 Early 2009: Remaining unsold tickets will be available for public sale. Canadian residents who missed the initial application period can purchase these unsold tickets at this time.”
“Phase 2 Mid to Late 2009: All tickets purchased up to this point will be assigned specific seat locations – determined once venue configurations have been finalized.”
“Phase 3: Once the seat assignment period is complete, any remaining unsold tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets purchased at this time will be sold directly into available seat locations.”
Tickets will start at $25 for some events and will jump to four-figures for things like the opening and closing ceremonies (currently set at $1,100, $750, $550, and $175 price ranges). A complete price guide is available on the website.
With the region being turned on its head, worries about facilities and highways, and the amazing spectacle in Beijing (yet still not without controversy) – how are locals feeling about the Games right about now?
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