Over 150,000 tickets to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games up for sale June 6



    
        Canadians can still purchase tickets to all events, including
                gold medal ice hockey, curling and ceremonies
    

    VANCOUVER, May 29 /CNW/ - Canadians hoping to land dream tickets to an
Olympic ice hockey showdown or the emotional spectacle of the Opening and
Closing Ceremonies will have another opportunity to secure tickets starting at
10:00 am (Pacific Time) Saturday, June 6 when the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) releases
more than 150,000 tickets for sale to the public at www.vancouver2010.com.
    Tickets for every sporting event, as well as the Opening, Closing and
nightly Victory Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Games will be available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
    "This is a major release of tickets before the 2010 Winter Games, and is
the best remaining opportunity for Canadian Olympic fans to get their hands on
tickets," said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing
for VANOC. "We want to make sure everyone's ready on Saturday morning, so take
a minute to register a ticketing account if you don't already have one and
have a look at the schedules ahead of time. Whether you're an ice hockey or a
biathlon fan, or love the drama and colour of the ceremonies, tickets to every
event will be available. We've worked hard to make as many tickets available
as possible, and based on the enthusiasm shown by Canadians we anticipate
demand will be high."
    In addition to the more than 150,000 competition and Opening and Closing
Ceremonies tickets, this marks the first time thousands of Victory Ceremony
tickets will be available as single tickets for $22. Previously they could
only be purchased through the bundled Olympic Experience Packages available in
the first round of sales. The nightly ceremonies at BC Place in downtown
Vancouver will pay tribute to the medal-winning athletes as the International
Olympic Committee recognizes the day's accomplishments. Following the medal
presentations, the athletes' triumphs will be honoured with a celebration
concert featuring renowned entertainers.
    On June 6, ticket customers visiting www.vancouver2010.com will be
directed to a virtual waiting room, where they will be randomly selected to
enter the Vancouver 2010 ticketing website. Once signed into their account,
customers will be able to purchase up to four separate events, with a limit of
four tickets per event. If a customer wants to order more than the limit of
six events, they will need to start a new transaction.

    
    Helpful tips:
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    -   To save time, previously registered customers are advised to sign
        into their ticketing account at www.vancouver2010.com before June 6
        to ensure their username and password are up-to-date and functional.
        -  New customers without an existing account can save time by pre-
           registering an account before June 6.

    -   The Competition Schedule, including the draws for the ice hockey
        tournaments for the Games and ticket prices, is posted on
        www.vancouver2010.com to make it easier for customers to plan their
        ticket-buying strategy ahead of time.

    -   VANOC reminds customers that Visa is the only payment card accepted.
        -  Customers will also have the option to select an offline payment
           and mail in a cheque.

    -   Entry to the system is random - refreshing the web page will not
        reduce your wait time.

    -   Plan ahead for purchases and ensure you have sufficient credit
        available in your account as purchases will be charged immediately.

    -   Be wary of tickets offered for sale through unofficial channels. The
        only official sources for Canadians for tickets to the Vancouver 2010
        Olympic Winter Games are www.vancouver2010.com (in partnership with
        VANOC's official ticketing services supplier tickets.com) and
        official 2010 Winter Games hospitality partners Jet Set Sports and
        CoSport.
        -  Be vigilant about individuals or companies offering "guaranteed"
           tickets for sale. For most people, even a "money-back" guarantee
           is little consolation for the disappointment, inconvenience and
           embarrassment they will experience if they discover at the gate
           that their ticket is invalid.

    -   Customers may also purchase tickets by phone at 1.800.TICKETS
        (1.800.842.5387), and a TDD/TTY service is available for persons who
        are deaf or hard of hearing at 604.629.7140.
    

    Background

    Beginning on October 3, 2008 the Canadian public was invited to submit
requests for tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Within a
month, Canadian residents had submitted requests for more than $345 million in
tickets. This overwhelming response was 4.5 times greater than the first phase
of ticketing sales for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games ($75 million
over nine weeks), the most recent Olympic Games held in North America. As a
result, approximately 120 of 170 ticketed sessions for the 2010 Winter Games
were allocated by lottery.
    On December 12, 2008, remaining tickets from this first phase allotment
were re-released for sale exclusively to ticket buyers who had participated in
the initial ticket-request period; the remaining inventory was sold that day.
    Earlier this month, VANOC opened the sale of tickets to the Vancouver
2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Strong demand saw all available inventory to the
gold medal ice sledge hockey game sold on the first day. Paralympic Games
tickets will be available until June 5, but will be temporarily unavailable
for purchase during Phase 2 of Olympic Games ticket sales.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jason Macnaughton, Vancouver
2010, (604) 403-2734, jason_macnaughton@vancouver2010.com

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