Vancouver 2010 cancels 'general admission standing room' tickets to Cypress
Mountain Olympic snowboard cross events on February 15 and 16

Tickets to be refunded

WEST VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - General admission standing room tickets (priced at $50) have been cancelled for Olympic men's and ladies' snowboard cross events on Monday and Tuesday at Cypress Mountain. Tickets will be refunded, said the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Heavy warm rains in the last 48 hours have made the 'general admission standing room' area at the Cypress snowboard stadium unsafe for spectators. The rains washed away almost a foot of snow in the area where the standing room area was to be located.

With safety the top priority and with the snowboard cross events starting in less than 24 hours, there is insufficient snow to move and build the standing room area back up at the Cypress snowboard stadium. VANOC has protected sufficient contingency snow for field of play at Cypress Mountain.

This cancellation and refund will affect approximately 4,000 spectators per event.

The snowboard cross events affected at Cypress Mountain include:

    
    Monday, February 15, 2010
    -  Men's snowboard cross (SB001): 10:30 am and 2:00 pm (Pacific Time) -
       Price category B only

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010
    -  Ladies' snowboard cross (SB002): 10:00 am and 12:15 pm (Pacific Time)
       - Price category B only

    Spectators who are not impacted by this cancellation and refund are:

    -  Spectators who have tickets for seating in the grandstand (priced at
       $125) on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 at men's and
       ladies' snowboard cross.
    -  Spectators who have general admission standing room tickets for
       freestyle skiing aerials competitions later in the Games. This sport
       discipline is held in a separate stadium at Cypress Mountain.
    -  Those holding sport event tickets for all Whistler venues
    

Decisions on refunds for future events in the snowboard stadium at Cypress Mountain involving general admission standing room tickets for snowboard halfpipe on February 17 and 18; ski cross on February 21 and 23; and snowboard parallel giant slalom on February 26 and 27 will be communicated to the public as soon as the information is available.

    
    REFUND INFORMATION
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Event Ticket information:

Refunds will be made following the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Games, including spectators who purchased their tickets on the fan-to-fan marketplace at www.vancouver2010.com.

Spectators with questions can visit www.vancouver2010.com, or call 1.800.TICKETS.

Olympic bus network ticket information:

Olympic bus network (OBN) spectators will receive refunds following the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Games.

The official and most up-to-date source for all Vancouver 2010 information, including schedules, results, tickets, and transportation is www.vancouver2010.com.

SOURCE VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: VANOC Media Relations, Tel: (604) 403-1611, E-mail: mediarelations@vancouver2010.com

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