Vancouver 2010 Olympic ticket packages offer easy-to-plan and well-rounded Games experience



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - When tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games go on sale on October 3, a choice of 58 Olympic Experience
Packages (OEPs) will make it convenient to plan a well-rounded and
unforgettable spectator experience.
    Today, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) released information about OEPs as part of a
month-long information campaign to educate Canadian ticket buyers in advance
of the start of ticket sales. Phase 1 of ticket requests, which will offer
both OEPs and/or single session tickets, runs from October 3 through
November 7, 2008.
    To maximize the spectator experience, an OEP combines a group of sessions
sold together, providing an easy way for spectators to begin to build a
multi-day, multi-sport 2010 Olympic Winter Games experience. Each OEP is
spread over three to six days with a minimum of three sessions, ensuring
spectators have the opportunity to attend a variety of events and visit
different venues. Olympic Experience Packages range from $ 140 to $ 1,267. A
full list of the 58 individual Olympic Experience Packages will be available
at www.vancouver2010.com, Official Website of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games, by tomorrow morning.
    "The Olympic Winter Games offer a vast number of choices of sport events
and venues, so there's much for Games enthusiasts to consider when planning to
buy tickets, such as how many days to take off work (to attend the Games) and
the travel time between venues," said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing
and consumer marketing with VANOC. "We've taken some of the guesswork out of
ticket buying with a variety of Olympic Experience Packages. OEPs can be
combined with single-session tickets, offering the convenience of a
well-rounded experience over a set number of days that's tailored to local
residents or visitors, to city or Whistler venues - or both. In short, there's
something for everyone."
    By category, OEPs are available as follows:

    
    -   City OEPs combine sport and ceremony sessions in Vancouver, Richmond
        and/or West Vancouver. There are currently 25 different combinations
        of City packages.

    -   Whistler OEPs combine sport sessions in Whistler only. There are
        currently eight Whistler packages.

    -   Mixed packages are a great way to sample both sports and ceremonies
        in the city and Whistler venues. There are currently 17 mixed
        packages.

    -   Locals' packages are designed with locals in mind. They include
        four to six events spread out over weekends and evenings, ensuring
        locals can attend a wide array of Olympic events while maintaining
        their busy schedule. Locals' packages are available for both
        Vancouver and Whistler events. There are five City Locals packages
        and three Whistler Locals packages.

    Additional Olympic Experience Package details:

    To experience a Vancouver-based Nightly Victory Ceremony, Olympic
    Experience Packages are the way to go in Phase 1

    The City and Mixed Olympic Experience Packages available in Phase 1 are
the exclusive way to secure tickets to a Vancouver-based Nightly Victory
Ceremony. Nightly Victory Ceremonies will include the awarding of Olympic
medals to athletes, music and a stadium packed with Olympic energy.

    Olympic Experience Packages offer a better chance of getting first-choice
    tickets

    Ticket requests for OEPs will be allocated first, followed by requests for
single sessions. The best way for spectators to optimize their chances of
seeing their most-preferred events is to order them as part of an Olympic
Experience Package. In Phase 1, however, single-session tickets will also be
sold for each event, within each price category.

    OEP package pricing

    Olympic experience Package pricing is equal to the face value of all
sessions included in the package and the same fees are applicable. The
sessions that make up Olympic Experience Packages cannot be exchanged or
altered. Packages that are oversubscribed will be subject to a random lottery.

    General ticketing information

    Approximately two million tickets will be available for the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games with 400,000 tickets priced at $25 and half of all
tickets priced at $100 or less. Overall, 70 per cent of all tickets will be
available to the general public.
    

    For VANOC, ensuring the public has access to the maximum number of
tickets for every event is paramount, a fact that was reaffirmed by Denton.
"Whether through Olympic Experience Packages or single-session tickets, we
want to make sure every Canadian has a chance to attend an Olympic event."
    As is common at all Olympic Games, ticket allocations for individual
events will vary. Over the past year, VANOC has worked with the IOC and its
sport partners to develop single-event public ticket allocation minimums. In
many cases, more than 70 per cent of tickets to a single event will be
available to the public; in all cases, however, events will have at least
30 per cent of the tickets available to the public.
    Denton also reconfirmed today that it is important for Canadian ticket
buyers to take their time and to talk with friends and family and think about
which dates work best for them and which events they most want to see; there's
no need to rush as Phase 1 of the ticket program runs from October 3 through
November 7, 2008. Once a ticket order is submitted, however, it cannot be
altered. Ticket buyers will be notified in late fall as to which tickets they
have purchased.
    In recognition of the Visa Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
sponsorship, Vancouver 2010 is proud to acknowledge Visa as the only payment
card accepted. Members of the public are encouraged to be prepared for the
ticket on-sale by ensuring they have a Visa card of their own. Cheques and
money orders will be accepted, however, some conditions apply. To receive the
very latest news and ticketing information, visit www.vancouver2010.com and
sign up to receive e-mail updates.

    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 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Katie Green, VANOC Communications, Tel.: (778)
328-6473, E-mail: katie_green@vancouver2010.com; Jason Macnaughton, VANOC
Communications, Tel.: (778) 328-6734, E-mail:
jason_macnaughton@vancouver2010.com

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