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The confusion was over the wording of the ticket agreement, where Lower Mainland fans heading to events in Whistler were booked onto buses to the venue and back again. But if ticket holders opted to attend an alpine or Nordic event during the day and stayed in Whistler for an evening sliding event, for example, it was not clear whether they would be able to return to the city on another bus.
There is an additional cost involved. People attending more than one event will need to purchase a return ticket to ride the Olympic Bus Network. Tickets are available for $28 in advance, going up to $50 on Jan. 11.
According to VANOC:
• Bus tickets are now on sale for transportation on the Olympic Bus Network. This system is for those travelling from Metro Vancouver to Whistler-area events and for all ticket holders going to Cypress Mountain.
• The Olympic Bus Network is designed to transport ticket holders to and from one event per day. VANOC recommends that spectators plan to attend a maximum of one event per day to ensure they have time to travel to the venue, as well as for the security screening process and to find their seat.
• Event postponements or delays occasionally happen. By planning to attend a maximum of one event per day and allowing for ample flex time, spectators can avoid such occurrences that could hamper their experience.
• Spectators with tickets for more than one event in one day are asked to first consult www.travelsmart2010.ca to understand the bus schedules before purchasing a transportation ticket.
• Those that wish to stay longer at a second event during one day are welcome to make other arrangements for their return trip home. Visit www.travelsmart2010.ca for more information.
VANOC apologies to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
The uproar over China's decision to have a cute girl lip sync a song at the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics was apparently missed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee.
VANOC recently ran into hot water with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which is playing more than 90 national anthems at the Opening Ceremonies.
According to reports, VANOC requested that the VSO pre-record music for the Feb. 12 opening ceremony, but asked that VSO conductor Bramwell Tovey step aside during the actual ceremony to allow another conductor to mime his performance.
Tovey threatened to withdraw over the request, prompting an apology and clarification of the orchestra's role from VANOC. Tovey will lead his orchestra after all.