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Rio Olympics Announce Ticket Prices

Rio Olympics Announce Ticket Prices

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on September 18, 2014

Rio Games organizers "have unveiled ticket pricing aimed at making attendance 'as affordable as possible,' with entry to the 100m final costing just half of what it did at London 2012," according to the AFP.

Athletics fans wanting to see Usain Bolt target a third straight 100m and 200m golden double will pay a maximum 12,000 reais ($545) compared to the $1,160 London equivalent. In all, 7.5 million tickets "will go on sale" for the Aug. 5-21 event and organizers said that "fans can buy more than half" -- 3.8 million -- for 70 reais ($30) or less across 717 events in 28 sports (AFP, 9/17).

BLOOMBERG's Alex Duff reported the most expensive seats will be priced at 4,600 reais ($1,950) for the Opening Ceremony, and as much as 1,200 reais ($509) for the best spots at track and field events. A poll as Brazil hosted this year’s football World Cup "found spectators were mostly well-off." Ninety percent of fans at Brazil’s round-of-16 game against Chile "classified themselves as coming from the top two economic classes, according to the survey by Datafolha" (BLOOMBERG, 9/17).

REUTERS' Stephen Eisenhammer reported the organizing committee said that "it was committed to 'allow access to the games for the largest possible number of fans,' in a video presentation on the Rio 2016 website." Fans "looking to buy tickets can register on the Rio 2016 sales website from November." Applications for the first phase of ticket sales "will then open between March and May 2015, with a second phase planned for July 2015".

 

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