BEIJING, April 16 -- More than seven million very affordable tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced Sunday. About 75% of the tickets will be sold domestically and the rest will be available to the overseas public.
Late last year, BOCOG announced that ticket prices
for the Games will be in keeping with its efforts to host Games accessible to
the broadest spectrum of people.
Anticipating a high level of demand, BOCOG Executive
Vice President and Secretary General Wang Wei reiterated that the ticketing
process will be conducted in the most efficient, fair and open manner possible
and will follow internationally-accepted practices.
BOCOG will initiate a three-phased ticketing process
for domestic sales. In each phase, residents on the Chinese mainland will be
able to order tickets through the official ticketing website
(http://tickets.beijing2008.com), calling the BOCOG ticketing call center
(+86-10-952008), or through designated Bank of China branches.
For overseas sales, the process will be determined in
each country and territory by its National Olympic Committee and its ticketing
Domestic Ticketing Phases
On the Chinese mainland, Phase One of the ticketing
process will run from now through the end of September 2007. During this first
phase, 50% of the total 2.2 million domestic tickets for competition sessions
and the estimated 26,000 tickets available for the Opening and Closing
Ceremonies, respectively, will be open to the domestic public.
Orders will be fulfilled through a process of
ordering and confirmation by random selection. The first half of the period will
be dedicated to collecting orders in which prospective ticket buyers indicate
for which events they want tickets, and the second-half will be spent trying to
determine whether the supply equals the demand for certain events. This approach
provides everyone an equal chance of purchasing tickets that are in high demand.
From April 15 to June 30, individuals can place
orders through the official BOCOG ticketing website, by submitting completed
order forms to designated Bank of China outlets or by mailing a form to Beijing
Gehua Ticket master Ticketing Co, Ltd. Forms will be available at all Bank of
China branches, in newspapers and on the official website.
From July to August, 2007, tickets will be assigned
to completed orders. For oversubscribed events, tickets will be allocated using
a random computerized selection process.
A similar ordering process will be conducted in Phase
Two, which will take place from October to December 2007. Remaining available
tickets from Phase One and the other 50% of the competition tickets for sale
domestically will be open to the public during this period. Tickets can be
ordered through the official website, at designated Bank of China outlets or the
ticketing call center, but in this phase tickets will be allocated on a
"first-come, first-serve" basis.
A real-time sales process will be conducted in Phase
Three from April 2008 until the end of the Olympic Games where tickets will be
issued directly upon payment.
Form of Ticket and Payment
Souvenir tickets will be used for ticket orders
fulfilled in Phases One and Two. Individuals will be prompted to collect their
souvenir tickets at designated Bank of China outlets. Individuals who purchase
tickets during Phase Three will receive thermal-printed tickets.
Payment will be required once the order is confirmed
in Phase One. In Phase Two, payment is required together with the ticket order.
Individuals may pay for tickets by using cash, a VISA card or by deducting the
required amount from a current Bank of China account.
The overseas public, including overseas Chinese, will
be able to order tickets from their respective National Olympic Committees and
their designated agents. Residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region should purchase tickets through the designated agent of the Sports
Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong China. Residents in Macau Special
Administrative Region should purchase tickets through the Macau Sport
Development Board. Residents in Taiwan should purchase tickets from the
designated agent of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.
During the press conference, BOCOG officials
underscored their commitment to providing a wide cross-section of society the
chance to enjoy the Games and gave their assurances that they will maintain a
fair and transparent sales program.
In all Olympic Games, the number of Opening and
Closing Ceremonies tickets on-sale to the general public is restricted by the
seats needed to be provided to a number of constituent groups involved in
organizing the Olympic Games, including the media and official delegations, and
by those seats taken up by equipment to produce the ceremonies.
For Beijing 2008, 40 percent of the estimated 60,000
Opening Ceremony tickets on sale to the general public, or about 26,000 tickets,
will be available to residents of Chinese mainland. This represents a seven
percent increase over the 33 percent of Opening Ceremony tickets available to
European Union residents during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
To offer the largest number of people the opportunity
to watch the Olympic Games, BOCOG will limit the number of tickets each
individual may purchase. Each person may only purchase one ticket for the
Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Individuals are limited to two tickets for high
demand competition sessions. Individuals will be limited to three-to-five
tickets for other competition sessions according to demand for those sessions.
Tickets for Opening and Closing Ceremonies are not
transferable indiscriminately. Those who wish to transfer tickets for Opening
and Closing Ceremonies will need to follow BOCOG's ticket transfer policy, which
is currently under development.
A glance at Olympic ticket prices
Sport Price Range (yuan)
Opening Ceremony $200.00 -$5000.00
Closing Ceremony $150.00 -$3000.00
10km Marathon Swimming $30.00 -$30.00
Archery $50.00 -$100.00
Athletics $50.00 -$800.00
Badminton $50.00 -$500.00
Baseball $30.00 -$150.00
Basketball $50.00 -$1000.00
Beach volleyball $50.00 -$400.00
Boxing $30.00 -$400.00
Canoe/Kayak Flatwater $30.00 -$80.00
Canoe/Kayak Slalom $30.00 -$100.00
Cycling BMX $50.00 -$100.00
Cycling Mountain Bike $30.00 -$30.00
Cycling Road free
Cycling Track $50.00 -$100.00
Diving $60.00 -$500.00
Equestrian $40.00 -$400.00
Fencing $50.00 -$100.00
Football $40.00 -$800.00
Gymnastics Artistic $50.00 -$300.00
Gymnastics Rhythmic $100.00 -$400.00
Gymnastics Trampoline $50.00 -$100.00
Handball $30.00 -$80.00
Hockey $30.00 -$150.00
Judo $50.00 -$200.00
Mondern Pentathlon $30.00 -$50.00
Rowing $30.00 -$80.00
Sailing $120.00 -$600.00
Shooting $30.00 -$50.00
Softball $30.00 -$120.00
Swimming $100.00 -$800.00
Synchronised Swimming $60.00 -$500.00
Table Tennis $50.00 -$800.00
Taekwondo $50.00 -$200.00
Tennis $100.00 -$600.00
Triathlon $50.00 -$50.00
Volleyball $50.00 -$800.00
Water Polo $30.00 -$400.00
Weightlifting $30.00 -$200.00
Wrestling $50.00 -$200.00
Note: one US dollar equals to 7.7 yuan.
Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics, People's Olympics
In developing the program, BOCOG took into account
the spirit and values of the Olympic Games, and its three concepts ¡§C "Green
Olympics, High-tech Olympics, and People's Olympics." The ticketing program also
fully reflects its theme-slogan, "One World One Dream."
Tickets were made affordable to ensure the greatest
number of people would enjoy the Olympic Games. In line with its Olympic
Education Program, a number of tickets will be reserved for primary and middle
school students and young athletes. The tickets will use
environmentally-friendly materials and modern anti-counterfeiting technologies
will be adopted. To provide better services to the general public, BOCOG will
authorize multiple sales points for tickets.
To ensure fairness and transparency in the sales
process, the Supervision Commission of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and
BOCOG's Audit and Supervision Department will oversee the ticketing program. It
will especially monitor methods to prevent fraud, ensure allotments are
maintained and prevent abuse of the random-selection process.
Organizers also welcome cooperation from the general
public. Reports of violations can be addressed to the Supervision Commission at
+86 -10- 6669-8127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Official Ticketing
BOCOG Ticketing Call Center:
+86 -10- 952008