Olympic Tickets – tickets for the 2014 and 2016 Games

The London 2012 Olympics were a resounding success with the athletes, the home crowds and the visiting tourists; however, one of the biggest complaints surrounding the London 2012 Olympics was the way that the Olympic tickets were advertised and distributed both to tourists and to citizens. The controversy behind the distribution strategy intensified all the more when a number of venues for key events were left almost empty and void of crowds.

Many people criticized how the process behind the distribution of the 2012 Olympic tickets, which included online systems that utilized bidding and payment options. In the end some of the most attended and enjoyed events were those that did not require tickets to view, such as the outdoor cycling events and the street marathon races.

Securing your spot at an Olympic Games can be both incredibly exciting and very stressful, which is why it’s important to research as much as possible before purchasing your Olympic tickets.


Securing Your Seat the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014

With just over 300 days and counting until the Sochi Winter Olympics start lots of people are already looking online to secure their Olympic tickets to this event. The Sochi Winter Olympics will be taking place between 6th February 2014 right through to 23rd February. These Winter Olympics promise to be highly exciting and given the success of recent Summer and Winter Olympics you can be sure that there is a high demand for Olympic tickets.

The Organizing Committee will have hopefully learnt from the mistakes of the London Olympics and will have ensured that the ticket ordering and redeeming process occurs much more swiftly than it did in 2012.

Olympic tickets for the Sochi Winter Olympics were made available for purchase online on February 7th and they will continue to be available online until May 31 2013. If you want to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics then it is crucial that you purchase your Olympic tickets as quickly as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Tickets for non Russian residents were made available on the 11th February. If you are a US citizen you will need to obtain a visa in order to enter the country. Make sure you research what travel considerations you need to be adhere to before purchasing your Olympic tickets.


Ticket Ordering Process and Seat Allocation for Winter Olympics 2014

Initially, Olympic tickets for the 2014 Winter Olympics are being sold based on the event and their ticket price. No indication (upon purchase) will be given to the buyer on the location of the seat. However, the higher your ticket price, the more confident you can be of the quality of your seat position.

Ticket prices range considerably, and will of course depend on the sport you wish to see and whether or not medals will be awarded for that particular event. Tickets are also available for the 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. Olympic tickets for the 2014 Winter Olympics can be purchased through the official Sochi2014 website and through verified third party vendors. It’s also worth knowing the events have a limit of 4 to 8 tickets per buyer.

Once you have purchased your ticket you won’t find out where your seat your seat is located until June 2013.


Reserving a Seat for Rio 2016

Following the huge success of the London 2012 Olympics there will be thousands of people that want to reserve their spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At the time of writing, Olympic tickets for the Rio 2016 games are not yet available. However, it is understood that the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee will be designing an Olympic tickets management process that will provide the opportunity of access to seating for all at all events and venues, with an aim to fill stadiums to capacity. Given Great Britain’s difficulty in the management of ticketing (and the complaint of many unfilled arenas) it seems that the Rio Organizing Committee is keen to learn from the UK’s mistakes.

More information on the 2016 Olympic ticketing program will be announced in the near future, but you can subscribe to be notified by email as news announcements are made about access to tickets. It is understood that a the Organizing Committee intends to use multiple vendors to create a large network of ticket distribution, making it easy for all to find, order and receive their Rio 2016 Olympic tickets.


The Cost of Attending an Olympics

Whether you’re attending the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 or Rio Summer Olympics 2016 it’s important that you think about not just the cost of your Olympic tickets but also the cost of your travel and accommodation.

Travelling to a hosting nation can be stressful and expensive, as many people will be heading to the same destination as you and the transport infrastructure of the hosting country can quickly become overwhelmed if the Organizing Committee hasn’t put in place enough resources to cope with demand.

It’s worth booking your hotel room with as much notice as possible to avoid any disappointment. It’s also worth being aware that hotel owners will want to profit from the boost to tourism that the Olympic Games will bring, so expect to pay above the odds for your accommodation.

The best thing to do is to regularly look online to stay up to date with the latest news on your chosen Olympics and to see if there are any last minute deals on travel or accommodation for Olympic ticket holders. Olympic tickets can be quite expensive, but avoid using questionable vendors as you may end up purchasing a fraudulent ticket.

An Olympic Games is a great way to be inspired and to expand your horizons and the experience is worth every penny. The cost of your Olympic tickets may be quite expensive, but it’s also an opportunity to witness sporting history, to support your country and to visit a country that you might not have thought of visiting.