First Chance at Pan Am Games Tickets Starts Now

Tickets start at $20 at TORONTO2015.org/tickets

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Early access to the best TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games tickets begins today. The ticket portal is now live at TORONTO2015.org/tickets, along with ticket pricing and a detailed competition schedule.

Almost 1.4 million tickets — starting at $20 — are available for spectators anywhere in the world to submit their requests, but only until October 6! This international early access period is the time to stake your claim to the best tickets for the hottest events.

Events such as:

  • The unforgettable and magical Opening Ceremony — a one-night-only show by Official Creative Partner, the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil — where the Pan Am Cauldron will be lit to officially start the Games.
  • The setting of new Pan Am and world records by top athletes from the Americas.
  • The pride-instilling moment when your country's anthem is played after a thrilling gold-medal showdown in popular team sports such as baseball, basketball, football (soccer), softball and volleyball.

Ticketmaster, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, is handling all ticket sales and services on behalf of the Games. Along with the official online ticket sales channel, customers may also request tickets by telephone toll-free within Canada and the U.S. at 1.855.726.2015 and internationally at 1.949.333.4824.

More than 6,000 top athletes from 41 countries in the Americas will compete at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games in 36 sports, including the Pan Am debut of canoe/kayak – slalom, golf, women's baseball and women's rugby sevens.

Toronto is one of the most important stops for athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and competition is expected to be especially fierce. Two-thirds of the Olympic sport competitions at TORONTO 2015 will be part of the qualification system for Rio.

"We're incredibly excited to finally open the Games up to sports fans both here at home and in the Americas," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).

"We're determined to deliver the best Pan Am Games ever — one that athletes and spectators will rave about for years to come. That's why we're so pleased our tickets will be affordable for families — more than 75 per cent will be $45 or less."

How the TORONTO 2015 Ticketing Program Works

  1. Request your tickets: Starting TODAY and running until Monday, October 6 at 9 p.m. (ET), the public can use this early access period to request the hottest Games tickets at TORONTO2015.org/tickets.

    To ensure fairness, in situations where more tickets are requested than are available for an event, customer ticket requests will be placed in a lottery. This lottery system, which is often used at mega-events like the recent Olympic Games in Vancouver and London, ensures everyone will have equal access to the most in-demand tickets.

  2. Ticket order processing: Customers will receive an email in late November 2014 telling them to check their account and see whether their ticket requests were successful.

    All tickets not snapped up during the ticket request phase from September 15 to October 6 will be available through general sale, where tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning in December 2014. Further details on this process will be released after the ticket request phase ends.

More detailed information, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available at TORONTO2015.org/tickets.

Quote Page

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport):

"Canadians have an opportunity to experience a variety of world-class events next summer during the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Our Government is proud to support these Games, which will create opportunities for more Canadians to get involved in sport in new and upgraded facilities. We look forward to cheering on our Canadian athletes as they challenge for the podium on home soil."

Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games:

"For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see incredible feats by top Canadian and international athletes vying for gold and for Olympic and Paralympic berths. This is your chance to be in the stands, cheering on our athletes. Don't miss it!"

 Councillor Mark Grimes, Pan Am Champion, City of Toronto:

"The launch of ticket sales for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is finally upon us and I want to encourage everyone to order now. As the proud Host City of the 2015 Games, Toronto will have so many events happening right here in our city. That's hundreds of opportunities to see high-performance athletes, new and exciting sports as well as the traditional favourites, ceremonies and celebrations. This is our chance to truly be a part of these Games."

Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee:

"Canada is getting ready to face some of the best athletes from the Americas, and fans should expect great competition. We encourage all sports fans around the world to get their ticket orders in and come be part of an excellent Pan Am Games in Toronto."

Rhythmic gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko, CIBC Team Next athlete and five-time gold medallist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games:

"Next year's Pan Am Games offers Canadian athletes an incredible opportunity to compete against the world's best on home soil. It's absolutely thrilling to know a hometown crowd will be behind us all the way. It's a wonderful chance for fans to come out and experience the energy of a world-class competition. I encourage everyone to buy a ticket and cheer us on."

About TO2015

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists

to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15.

For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.

SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Teddy Katz, Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015, 416.957.2117, teddy.katz@toronto2015.org

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