I am thrilled to share in the excitement of bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to you and your loved ones.
The first phase of our ticketing program goes live tonight!
This is your best chance to purchase tickets for the Olympic Games in 2010.
There is a lot of info to absorb; however, the bottom line is that you have until November 7th to participate – that is less than five weeks.
As noted below, there is a different process for those living in Canada from those living in the United States.
For Canadian Residents ONLY (people currently living in Canada)
All the details are online at:
For Residents of the United States, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Sweden, countries within the European Union and European Economic Zone
All the details are online at:
Note: Full packages with accommodations will be announced on October 10th.
Below is a recent Seattle Times article that helps summarize:
Posted by Ron Judd
CoSport, the U.S. vendor for all Vancouver 2010 tickets, has issued its guidelines for ticket sales to Americans.
Instructions are found on the company web site. They're quite detailed. Bottom line: You need to act before Nov. 7.
Beginning Oct. 3, you can go to CoSport.com to scan through the schedule of events and ticket price levels and fill out an official request form for individual events. Just to submit your requests, you'll be required to set up an account on CoSport's web site, including a credit card number. Your credit card will not be charged. It must have an expiration date after Feb. 1, 2009.
Note: Speeding to the front of the line with your ticket request will not help you. The agency will accept requests for five weeks, through Nov. 7. Early entries are just thrown in the electronic hopper with the rest. The maximum ticket request per person is 48 tickets. A separate request process for Games packages that include lodging and tickets begins at the same site Oct. 10.
A release from CoSport does not indicate what sort of premium will be added to VANOC's ticket prices, nor information about handling fees. It does indicate that shipping tickets is an "optional" srevice that must be selected at the time of checkout for an extra fee. Tickets otherwise will be left at a will-call office in Vancouver beginning in mid-January, 2010. They must be picked up by the purchaser.
Just to recap for those of you who missed it: The general ticket-sales process for Vancouver 2010 has begun at the Games' official Web site, www.vancouver2010.com. Those tickets are sold ONLY to Canadian residents. All U.S. sales must be made through CoSport.
No way around it, unless you've got friends in Canada willing to do the legwork for you.
As with the VANOC sales, CoSports sales to residents of the U.S. and other countries (they also sell tickets to Austria, Australia, Bulgaria and Sweden) will be made by a random lottery system (assuming requests outweigh demand, which is a fair assumption). If you're a lucky winner, you'll be notified sometime in mid-December.
The agency has yet to divulge how many tickets it has been alloted. It does say on its site that "Tickets of a certain Price Category may not be available through CoSport, even if such Price Category is available through VANOC directly for Canadian residents."
Any remaining tickets after the allocation process will be sold in spring, 2009.