Sunday, 30th November '08
Cue the Dramatic Music
Canadians to find out soon what 2010 Olympic Winter Games’ tickets they have successfully snapped up
Nov 28, 2008
Vancouver, BC; Canadians anxious to know what tickets to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games they have successfully snapped up will be notified by e-mail on or before December 10 by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Customers will see charges made to their Visa cards starting December 1.
Ticket buyers who participated in the initial ticket request period, which closed November 7, will also have the exclusive right to buy any remaining Olympic tickets on a first-come, first-served basis from December 12 to 22. Any tickets remaining after this exclusive period will go on sale to the public in mid-2009. VANOC will begin selling tickets to the Paralympic Winter Games on May 6.
“We are so pleased by the overwhelming interest shown by Canadians in requesting tickets to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and we share in their excitement as they wait to find out what tickets they have received,” said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing for VANOC. “This will really drive home the realization for Olympic fans that we are now only about 14 months away from hosting one of the most anticipated events in the world.”
In the meantime, winter sports fans who missed out on tickets, or who cannot wait until 2010 to check out their favourite Olympic-calibre athletes, will have a number of chances to see them in action at sport events in 2009. These events, to take place at 2010 Winter Games venues, will offer spectators a chance to familiarize themselves with sports that may be new to them at an outstanding value. Some events will be free to the public while others will charge between $5 and $40 for single-day event tickets. Check out www.vancouver2010.com for more information.
Canadian residents have requested more than $345 million in tickets to the 2010 Olympic Winter
Games; 4˝ times the first phase of ticketing for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games ($75 million over nine weeks), the most recent Olympic Games held in North America. An estimated 120 of 170 ticketed sessions for the 2010 Winter Games will be allocated by lottery, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, figure skating, short track speed skating, speed skating, and men's ice hockey (from quarter-finals onward).
Mmmm. Non-Canadians with friends in the right places, too.
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]