Those who missed out on Sochi 2014 tickets in the first sales phase have been given another chance to join spectators at the first Winter Games in Russia, with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee launching the second phase of sales on 10 October.
Residents of Russia will be able to purchase tickets for all sports events and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies by visiting tickets.sochi2014.com, while fans in other countries and territories can purchase tickets from their local National Olympic Committee (NOC) or an appointed Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR). A full list of ATRs can be found on the Sochi 2014 ticketing website.
“I am very excited that Russian fans will get to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games first hand and lend their invaluable support to the athletes from around the world,” said ice hockey star Sochi 2014 Ambassador Alexander Ovechkin following the launch. "Our country will proudly host the Winter Games for the first time in 2014 in Sochi. This is a great opportunity to celebrate both Russia’s sporting legacy and to back our Olympic athletes, who will show their talent to the world and inspire future generations.”
Sochi 2014 ticket prices remain the same as during the first sales phase, with the least expensive costing 500 RUB (approximately USD 17), while more than 40 per cent of all tickets cost less than 3,000 RUB (about USD 99). Fans are also able to buy tickets to any sport for 1,500 RUB (about USD 50) or less.
To allow as many spectators as possible to experience the Games, organisers have capped the number of tickets that can be bought for any one event by a single individual. For a number of high demand events - such as ice hockey, figure skating and the Opening Ceremony – the limit is four tickets per person, while most of events have a limit of eight per person.
All ticketholders are also required to obtain a Spectator Pass, which, in addition to their ticket, will allow them to gain entry to the event, as well as helping to minimise queues at venues during the Games.
In recognition of Visa's support for the Olympic Games for over 26 years, Visa cards will be the only cards accepted when paying for tickets to the Games.