Tickets for the 2010 Olympics go on sale tomorrow marking a
major milestone in the countdown to the Games.
But there is no need to get up early or sleep by your computer
keyboard as the tickets will not be assigned on a first come first served
All the requests will be taken in by the 2010 Vancouver
Organizing Committee from Oct. 3 until Nov. 7 and then the sorting will begin.
Events that are oversubscribed, like the men’s hockey final and
some of the skating events, will have tickets allocated by a lottery system
So, with your coffee in hand, head to your computer and log
But don’t go straight to the tickets. Instead use the website
to find out how much tickets cost for the events you wish attend and when they
are. Figure out your budget and chat to your friends and family if you want to
make it a group affair.
Then once you have your personal schedule organized head to the
ticket-purchasing site on the web and start signing up. And don’t worry if you
change your mind next week because you can go back into the website and alter
your ticket requests.
But you must have your final choices organized by Nov. 7 for
Phase 1 of ticket sales.
VANOC wants people to purchase the tickets on-line using their
Visa credit card. No other credits cards will be accepted, as Visa is a Games
If you don’t have access to a computer at home you can use the
ones at the public library. You can get tickets by mail if you call
1-800-842-5387. A $10 courier charge will be levied for the service.
You cannot order tickets by phone until Phase 2 of sales begins
in February 2009.
Ticket purchasers will be notified by Dec. 5 what tickets are
being assigned. Seats will be assigned late in 2009.
Every ticket will come with a transportation component and will
also have a ticketing administration fee. The amounts will vary depending on
the price of the ticket.
The greatest ticket surcharge levied in Vancouver will be $18
and that includes access to public transportation all day and the