For winter sports fans across the world, the road to Vancouver 2010 is now well and truly underway with the opening of ticket sales for this next edition of the Olympic Winter Games. The first phase of ticket sales for the Canadian public runs from 3 October 2008 till 7 November 2008, while fans outside Canada should contact their local National Olympic Committee (NOC) or its official ticket agent for more details on ticket availability in their territory.
As the host population for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Canadian residents have a great opportunity to be able to witness first hand the Winter Games on home soil. Canadians will be able to buy tickets in a number of different ways from the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee (VANOC). The best place to start creating your experience is by checking out VANOC’s website, where you can learn all about the different options that are available to you if you live in Canada. The best part is that you don’t even have to rush: phase one will run until 7 November 2008, and requests received on 6 November will be weighted equally with requests received early in October, so pick your events, create your own personal experience and come along and join the fun.
For sports fans outside Canada, tickets will go on sale at different times in different territories as of 3 October 2008. The best way to find out about getting tickets where you are is by contacting your local NOC or its official ticket agent. You can get more information about the Games themselves and about visiting Canada at Vancouver2010.com. Speaking on the day of the ticketing launch in Canada, VANOC CEO John Furlong said, “Canadians can’t wait to welcome the world with glowing hearts, and we invite everyone to join us in what is sure to be a spectacular celebration of culture, winter sport and incredible athletic achievement.”
Fans are reminded that only tickets purchased from or obtained through official/authorised sources will enable entry to venues. Detailed information on official/authorised ticket sources, in particular a list of authorised ticket resellers (in Canada and internationally), is available onthe official Vancouver 2010 ticketing website. Fans who have purchased or obtained tickets from unofficial or unauthorised sources run the risk of having those tickets cancelled, being refused entry and/or being asked to leave the venue without receiving a refund or qualifying for an exchange of ticket. Neither the International Olympic Committee nor VANOC nor any NOC may be held liable for any consequence (such as, without limitation, any loss or damage) related to a ticket purchased from or obtained through an unauthorised or unofficial source.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven Winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are Luge, Skiing, Skating, Ice Hockey, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Curling.