Vancouver 2010 Olympic Ticketing Guide available this weekend confirms affordable and convenient transportation plans for ticket holders



    All ticket information also available at vancouver2010.com

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - With less than a week to go until Phase 1 of
Olympic ticket sales begins at www.vancouver2010.com, an Olympic Ticketing
Guide is available this weekend in The Province, the Vancouver Sun and The
Globe and Mail to help Canadians plan their 2010 Winter Games experience. The
guide includes new information on affordable and convenient transportation
plans for ticket holders and all information is also available at
vancouver2010.com in English and French.
    "Just in time for weekend reading, this guide gives a good look at key
information to prepare people to request tickets and to plan what sort of
Olympic experience they'd like to have," said Caley Denton, VANOC Vice
President of Ticketing and Consumer Marketing. "Attending an event at the
Olympic Games will create life-long memories and is unlike any other event in
the world. So, selecting which events to go to is an exciting and important
step and we want everyone to have as much information as possible when they
begin planning their 2010 Winter Games experience."
    The Vancouver 2010 Ticketing Guide provides a timeline of the ticket
purchasing process, information on venues, sports, payment options,
transportation details and tips on planning a full Olympic experience.
Including Nightly Victory Ceremonies, approximately 2 million tickets will be
available for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with 400,000 tickets
priced at $25 and more than half of all tickets priced at $100 or less.
    The Olympic Ticketing Guide also includes details on how ticket holders
will travel to Olympic venues. "With an Olympic ticket in your hand you will
have access to public transportation on the day of your event in metro
Vancouver, including buses and Skytrain, and in Whistler," said Denton.
    The guide includes finalized information on a combined
fulfillment/transportation fee which is priced lower than the service charges
on the majority of comparable sport and entertainment events and provides
greater value by including access to local transportation on the day of the
ticketed event. The combined fulfillment/transportation fee averages less than
$10 and will range from $4 to $18 depending on the price of the ticket. The
fee covers public transportation, administration and online infrastructure
costs. Eighty per cent of all tickets will be charged a
fulfillment/transportation fee of $10 or less and all tickets $30 or less will
be charged a $4 fee.
    "We want to make public transportation as affordable and enticing as
possible, thereby reducing the number of vehicles on the road, saving
spectators parking costs and reducing emissions from heavy vehicle traffic.
Most ticket holders will need to use public transportation to get to Olympic
events as there will be no parking at venues. One of our goals is to see the
increased use of public transportation, walking and cycling as one of the
legacies of hosting the Games," said Denton. "We are also committed to
ensuring Olympic events are accessible to all Canadians; as such the
fulfillment/transportation fee is structured on a sliding scale to ensure that
our lower-priced events remain affordable and accessible."
    In addition, VANOC confirmed details for spectator transportation to
mountain venues with pricing that is approximately half that of existing
options in the market. Whistler event ticket holders whose trip originates in
Vancouver will require a return-trip $25 transportation pass on an Olympic bus
network. A return $12 transportation pass on the Olympic bus network is also
required for all Cypress Mountain event ticket holders. These prices are
exclusive of sales taxes. Transportation passes for return trips from Whistler
and Cypress will be sold separately from Olympic tickets and will be available
for purchase in 2009. Complimentary parking at selected park and rides will be
provided to spectators purchasing Olympic bus network passes to the Cypress
and Whistler sport events.

    
    Vancouver 2010 Olympic tickets and associated fees:
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    Curling

    Full Ticket Price                  $125.00
    Fee Charge                         $10.00
    Total Charge:                      $135.00
    Fee Percentage:                    8 per cent

    Figure Skating

    Full Ticket Price                  $250.00
    Fee Charge                         $15.00
    Total Charge:                      $265.00
    Fee Percentage:                    6 per cent

    Ice Hockey (bronze medal game)

    Full Ticket Price                  $550.00
    Fee Charge                         $18.00
    Total Charge:                      $568.00
    Fee Percentage:                    3.3 per cent


    Comparable transportation passes, event tickets and associated fees:
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    -   Full-day transportation passes in Vancouver on TransLink: $9
    -   Full-day transportation passes on WaVE in Whistler: $5
    -   Return bus ticket between Vancouver and Whistler starts at $46.30
    -   Return bus ticket between Vancouver and Cypress starts at $20


    National Hockey League (NHL) game

    Full Price Ticket                  $86.25
    Total Convenience Charge           $7.50
    Total Charge:                      $93.75
    Fee Percentage:                    8.7 per cent

    Sheryl Crow Concert in Canada

    Full Price Ticket                  $69.50
    Convenience Fee                    $17.55
    Order processing per order         $1.75 (assumes two tickets/per order)
    Total Charge:                      $88.80
    Fee Percentage:                    27.8 per cent
    

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Jason Macnaughton, VANOC Communications, Tel.:
(778) 328-6734, E-mail: jason_macnaughton@vancouver2010.com; Chris Brumwell,
VANOC Communications, Tel.: (778) 328-6269, E-mail:
chris_brumwell@vancouver2010.com

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