There is a huge demand for Olympics tickets, and these days modern technology can help make the purchase of genuine tickets much easier than before. However, the same technology makes it all too easy for fraudulent tickets to be sold too, so it's absolutely essential that you know how and where to purchase legitimate Olympics tickets from verified online vendors.
Purchasing Legitimate Olympics Tickets Online as a Native Citizen
The Olympic Organizing Committees go to great lengths to ensure that they can cope with the instant and ongoing demand for tickets as soon as they are made available.
To do this, the Organizing Committee has to vet and verify a number of third party vendors so that the tickets can be sold through multiple channels. With the development of the internet recent Olympic Organizing Committees have been able to utilize this powerful sales tool to their advantage, authorizing several online vendors to supply both citizens and tourists with genuine Olympics tickets.
Learning From London's Mistakes – When the London 2012 Olympic tickets were made available on the official website it was inundated with internet traffic, and the site crashed under the sheer volume of online requests. Unfortunately, no matter how many measures are put into place to prevent this sometimes the demand is just too much for the servers to cope with. This is why it's all the more important for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Organizing Committees to work with reputable and responsible third party vendors to ensure that Olympics tickets can be sold online at all times.
Buying Your Olympic Tickets Online – Buying online also poses it's own set of problems, and purchasing you dream Olympics tickets can in itself be like a race (or in some cases, a marathon!). You may find the ticket you want at a price you can afford, only to get to the checkout and find that the ticket was sold while you were working your way through the process.
Of course this can be very frustrating, but it's well worth visiting the website of legitimate vendors every day until you secure the tickets you want. Purchased tickets are often returned to the original vendors for one reason or another, and once returned the vendor can then refund the original purchaser and resell the ticket to another buyer. If you can't buy your dream Olympics tickets first time around then don't worry, you may still have an opportunity to buy them in the future.
Purchasing Legitimate Olympics Tickets Online as a Tourist
If you are not a native to the hosting country then buying your Olympics tickets can be even more problematic, but again, it's best to do your research and find out which vendors are legitimate. Once you know which vendors you can trust then you should only ever look at tickets available from these vendors and of course the official website for that particular Olympic Games.
There will also only be a limited number of vendors that are authorized to supply and promote Olympic Games breaks and holidays (which include Olympic tickets, travel and accommodation). Again, avoid using any vendor that you think may be questionable and consult with the official website to find out which vendors are authorized to sell Olympic specific holiday breaks.
If you intend to purchase your Olympics tickets and then organize your own travel and accommodation separately for your Olympic trip then you need to be aware of both the price and the demand for these services.
Hotels will often charge a lot more than they normally would for the time of year, and flights (both local and national) will be much harder to acquire. Try to book your travel, accommodation and your Olympics tickets as early as possible to secure your spot at the best prices. Some people get lucky with last minute deals on their tickets, but they often forget about the travel and accommodation.
US citizens will also require a travel visa in order to enter Russia, and this will take time to be processed. It's also well worth familiarizing yourself with the local laws to avoid being detained due to ignorance of the law in a particular hosting country.
Both the Sochi 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympics promise to be spectacular events for native citizens and tourists alike. However, it's well worth researching into any visa's or travel requirements that you need to adhere to before buying your Olympics tickets for the upcoming Summer and Winter Olympics.
The Price of Olympics Tickets
The Organizing Committee also calculates the costs for seats at the various venues and events, helping to ensure that everyone, no matter what their social strata, can afford to attend at least one Olympic event. However, demand for these seats will be high, so you need to be sure that you book your Olympic tickets as early as you possibly can.
Prices for tickets at both the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will vary depending on what event you want to see, where that event lies in the competition for that sport (from heats to finals) and the location of your seat. If you want to watch an event that will be hugely popular (such as the 100m sprint final) then book your tickets as quickly as possible.
These prices are obviously calculated based on the running costs of the Olympic Games (you would be surprised how much money the bidding process costs, let alone the additional investment in the infrastructure and resources to deliver what was promised in the hosting country's bid).
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics tickets currently available for sale and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics tickets soon to be available it's absolutely essential that you know how to safely buy your tickets online.
Whether you're buying in advance or buying last minute Olympics tickets it's crucial that you know how and where to buy your tickets legitimately.