VANCOUVER, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today that it has
selected Tickets.com as its official supplier of ticket services within Canada
for the 2010 Winter Games.
The five-year partnership provides Tickets.com with Official Supplier
sponsorship rights in the ticket service provider category, in addition to the
sponsorship rights to the Canadian Team participating at the Beijing 2008,
Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
"The sale and distribution of tickets in Canada will be key to the
success of the 2010 Winter Games and we have selected a ticketing service
provider that will help us offer a user-friendly, fair and equitable system
for the distribution of tickets with excellence in customer service," said
Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing at VANOC.
"Tickets.com has an impressive track record and extensive Games ticketing
experience, having managed the successful ticketing programs for the Atlanta
1996 Summer Games, and the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games. Tickets.com's Olympic
ticketing engine was also the backbone for ticket sales and distribution for
the Sydney 2000 Summer Games and the Torino 2006 Winter Games."
The majority of tickets to the 2010 Winter Games will be sold to the
Canadian public through vancouver2010.com using Tickets.com's user-friendly
and leading-edge technology. While the vast majority of ticket sales will
occur online, VANOC will also work with Tickets.com to offer alternate
purchase systems, such as phone and local ticket outlets.
"We are honoured to have the opportunity to continue our long tradition
of supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Larry Witherspoon, Chief
Executive Officer of Tickets.com. "This opportunity allows us to continue our
record of providing best-of-class solutions to the unique ticketing needs of
the Olympic Games, and also serves as a solid platform for growing our
presence in the Canadian market."
Tickets.com also offers VANOC the technology and tools necessary to
develop an online ticket redistribution system that will allow ticket holders
to redistribute their tickets to other spectators if they can't attend an
event. The ticket redistribution system, which is supported by a barcode-based
access control system at each venue, will expand the public's access to
tickets, help ensure that venues are full at Games time and will discourage
the production and purchase of counterfeit tickets.
"The ticket redistribution and access control technology will give Games
spectators confidence they have purchased legitimate tickets with valid bar
codes while helping us in our goal of achieving full venues," said Denton.
"Buying valid Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets will ensure that the
spectator has an experience of a lifetime and avoids disappointment. Our
message is simple: buy directly from Vancouver 2010 or our authorized agents
to ensure authenticity."
Tickets.com will soon expand its current operations in Canada by bringing
ticketing solutions to various performing arts venues and sports arenas. The
Vancouver 2010 ticketing contract represents an opportunity for economic
growth for British Columbia through the installation and development of local
infrastructure to support Tickets.com operations.
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning in October 2008. VANOC's
Official Supporter, Jet Set Sports, and its affiliate company CoSport, is the
only company authorized to develop and supply official Vancouver 2010
hospitality packages in Canada that combines elements including Games tickets,
accommodation and ground transportation. All other tickets will be sold
through VANOC directly or outside of Canada, through the National Olympic
Committees of individual countries. Tickets for events are priced as low as
$25. To keep up to date with news and next steps on ticketing, visit
vancouver2010.com and sign up to receive e-mail updates.
Tickets.com is a leading business-to-business ticketing solutions
provider for live events. The company, with its corporate office in Costa
Mesa, Ca. and other offices around the United States and the world,
facilitates the sale of tickets by enabling venues and entertainment
organizations with proprietary and cutting edge software, retail outlets,
kiosks, call centers and an interactive voice response (IVR) systems.
Tickets.com builds private label Ticketing Gateways(SM) to enable live
entertainment organizations with e-commerce distribution platforms. The
company also sells tickets directly to consumers at www.tickets.com, as well
as offering related products and services. Tickets.com's automated ticketing
solutions are used by thousands of entertainment organizations such as leading
performing arts centers, professional sports organizations and various
stadiums and arenas in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
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.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Margaret Nevin, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6475; Katie Green, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-6473; Melanie Kuderka,
Tickets.com, Inc., (714) 327-5411, firstname.lastname@example.org